The Royal Crane

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Ehud Lavski, il­lus­trated by Yael Nathan [eBook for Kin­dle & iOS, $4.99]

Some­what re­vers­ing the usual tack, this col­or­ful dig­i­tal sto­ry­book be­gan life as an an­i­mated film con­cept. When the stu­dio shut down, Lavski — a screen­writer, game de­signer and oc­ca­sional comicker — de­cided to hang on to the idea. Un­der 20 pages, the car­toon­ish tale is set dur­ing the French Revo­lu­tion, when the king’s fa­vorite bird is taken from the palace and caged in the Paris zoo. With the help of a clever sewer rat, the crane is able to es­cape, em­bark­ing on a grand ad­ven­ture through the city on his way back to his royal owner. Nathan, a con­cept artist for an­i­ma­tion and videogames, man­ages to il­lus­trate the ad­ven­ture so beau­ti­fully that you can al­most ig­nore the in­con­gruity of a chil­dren’s pic­ture book be­ing set dur­ing one of the blood­i­est pe­ri­ods of mod­ern hu­man history.

— Mercedes Mil­li­gan

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