Mark Baker’s work typically features a deceptively simple, almost childlike hand-drawn visual style, but this conceals a far more sophisticated, adult-oriented view of the world. In a closed community fuelled by gossip and suspicion, one man dares to be different. Nominated for an Oscar in 1993.
A monk sees a fish and goes to get his net to catch it. The fish eludes him and the monk gets rather agitated as he tries increasingly extreme ways of catching the fish. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film at the 67th Academy Awards.
I find it hard to tell you why I like this film, it just works, it’s funny, moving and very colourful. So readers, Brilliant! I hope, will sum it up, writes Paul Thomas in Animator mag.
A curious cat investigates an empty cardboard box. Made by English animator Simon Tofield using Adobe Flash software, drawing on an A4-size Wacom Intuos tablet. The Simon’s Cat website.
The animation technique uses coloured pencils on frosted cels, with pastel backgrounds. French writer Jean Giono was an environmentalist who was ahead of his time. Animator Frédéric Back came across Giono’s story in the magazine Le sauvage in 1974. It won the Grand Prize (shared) at the International Animation Film Festival, Annecy, France 1987.