The Little Boy and the Beast” wins Cartoon d’Or

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The Little Boy and the Beast

The Lit­tle Boy and the Beast

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.

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