You guys know Sylvain Chomet. He is the genious behind L’illusionniste and Les triplettes de Belleville. He has also been honored with the making of an alternate couch scene for The Simpsons intro.
I love everything about this bit. Especially the self-deprecating humour, always a favourite. I also love Sylvain Chomet’s look into the world and the human nature. There’s always a sense of nostalgia mixed with a very critical eye towards people and society that observes and describes with no judgement. Just honest understanding and yet beauty in every shot and expression. He draws his characters with love, he sees people with a need to decode and portray, not to judge, I think. Love him, love him, love him.
Don’t forget to check out the making of!
This is a big deal people. There have been many times where I happened to rewatch a film or a short and I had to reconsider my original opinion. I must say that, to me, it is awesome when that happens. It just proves how incidental most things are. Sometimes you’re in the wrong mood, or too tired, or you simply miss the point. Rewatch stuff. Always. Any film has something more to give, something you didn’t notice the first time you watched and it can be magical, for a movie geek at least.
This is an example of a good rewatch. I am not a Simpsons fan. And I didn’t really like this short the first time around. I was so taken with Paperman that it seemed… sloppy. The truth is it isn’t. It is quite smart and funny. And watch for the Ayn Rand jokes in the background, they are awesome. Enjoy!