Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Tant de Forêts" - An Animation Poem About Saving Forests

Tant de Forêts
Tant de Forêts.
"Tant de Forêts" - An Animation Poem About Saving Forests.

Tant de Forêts - trailer from Burcu & Geoffrey on Vimeo.

This is a 37-second preview of a French short about saving the forest.

When reviewing animated films, we talk a lot about the plot. If an animated feature film purports to tell a story, and the story is weak - that is a good reason not to like the animation. Objective missed, so try again next time.

However, not all animation is about telling an original story. That's kind of a common theme on this website - animation can be good regardless of the lack of a story. However, it is vitally important that the animation not pretend to be anything more than a collection of nice images if that is all it is. If you title your animation, say, 'Spiderman,' and all it contains is a bunch of lovely images of a guy going through the motions of doing exactly what every other Spiderman film has done, with no originality whatsoever, then it is going to be disappointing. It's all about expectations, something fresh, something that takes on a mission and completes it decently.

That is a long-winded way of introducing "Tant de Forêts." After that build-up, you probably expect me to excoriate it for not meeting my expectations - but that is precisely what I am not going to do. "Tant de Forêts" is a lovely animated poem of color and light that does not aim to tell a complicated tale with a beginning, middle and end. It is simply a celebration of animation and its possibilities and asks you to take a new look at a very mundane issue.

All "Tant de Forêts" aims to do is point up the glory of nature, and the irony in the fact that well-meaning (or perhaps cynical) attempts to save the planet is part of what is destroying it. There's nothing deeper than that going on.

And it works. Gloriously. "Tant de Forêts" is a very pretty film that is well worth seeing.

This is just a preview. Apparently, this was produced for a French television showing. We may be able to post the whole film next year.

Tant de Forêts

From the page:

Trailer of our short film based on a poem of Jacques Prévert "Tant de forêts". The poem speaks of the irony of the fact that newspapers warn us about deforestation although they are made of paper themselves. Cristal for a TV production - Annecy animation festival 2014 Producer : Tant mieux prod Music : Nathanël Bergèse Broadcast on France 3


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