“Der Kleine Und Das Biest” (The Little Boy and the Beast) by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter of Germany, won this year’s Cartoon d’Or, the award for the year’s best European short cartoon.
The award ceremony took place Thursday in Sopot, Poland in front of all animation professionals attending Cartoon Forum Polska.
Produced with 3D computer animation, The Little Boy and the Beast (originally titled Der Kleine und das Biest) was released by Studio Soi. In the cartoon, when your mother has turned into a beast, a lot of things change.
“When we began reading the script by Marcus Sauermann, we thought it was a little funny cartoon story about a boy and a monster. Then, when we reached the end of it, we understood it was a serious and truthful story about divorce,” the directors said in a statement.
“This experience of ‘reading the script for the first time’ was an essential key for direction. Animation seemed to be the perfect medium to tell this story. In terms of storytelling, character acting, artistic and visual choices, we always tried to find a good balance of showing cartoon elements and authentic elements of everyday life.”
The five other Cartoon d’Or nominees were Mobile, by Verena Fels of Germany; Paths of Hate, by Damian Nenow of Poland; Pivot, by André Bergs of the Netherlands; The External World, by David O’Reilly of Ireland; and The Gruffalo, by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang of the United Kingdom.
The 2011 jury was composed of directors/producers Stéphane Bernasconi of France, Tony Loeser of Germany, and Victor Maldonado of Spain.