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Michel Ocelot is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter French born on 27 october 1943 at Villefranche-sur-Mer (France)

Michel Ocelot

Michel Ocelot
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Nationality France
Birth 27 october 1943 (75 years) at Villefranche-sur-Mer (France)

Michel Ocelot is a French writer, character designer, storyboard artist and director of animated films and television programs (formerly also animator, background artist, narrator and other roles in earlier works) and a former president of the International Animated Film Association. Though best known for his 1998 début feature Kirikou and the Sorceress, his earlier films and television work had already won Césars and British Academy Film Awards among others and he was made a chevalier of the Légion d'honneur on 23 October 2009, presented to him by Agnès Varda who had been promoted to commandeur earlier the same year.

Biography

He was born in 1943 to a Catholic family then in Villefranche-sur-Mer, on the French Riviera, who relocated to Guinea, West Africa for much of his childhood, moving back to Anjou in France during his adolescence. As a teenager he played with and created toy theater productions and was inspired to become an animator through viewing Hermína Týrlová's Vzpoura hraček (The Revolt of Toys, 1946) and discovering a book on DIY stop motion animation. He was never formally taught animation, however, and instead studied the decorative arts, first at the Ecole régionale des Beaux-Arts in Angers, then the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris and the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He now lives and operates from an atelier-apartment in Paris.

His œuvre is characterised by having worked in a variety of animation techniques, typically employing a different medium for each new project, but almost exclusively within the genres of fairy tales and fairytale fantasy. Some, such as Kirikou and the Sorceress, are loose adaptations of existing folk tales, others are original stories constructed from the "building blocks" of such tales. He describes the process as "I play with balls that innumerable jugglers have already used for countless centuries. These balls, passed down from hand to hand, are not new. But today I'm the one doing the juggling." Visually, they are characterised by a rigid use, excepting brief transitions between them, of the side-on, straight-on and ¾ viewpoints [1] of silhouette and cutout animation (such as that of Lotte Reiniger and Karel Zeman) even when working in mediums which allow for greater flexibility and dynamic viewpoints. Though often likened to Reiniger, he himself finds her films "rather archaic and not very attractive" and does not list them among his favourites. He also admires the art of ancient Egypt, pottery of ancient Greece, Hokusai and illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson and his brothers and, most of all, Aubrey Beardsley. He was president of the Association international du film d'animation (ASIFA) from 1994 to 2000.

While already a household name in much of continental Europe, and greatly respected by Studio Ghibli's Isao Takahata (who has directed the Japanese dubs of his films), his success in the more conservative markets of the United Kingdom, United States and Germany has been restricted by a mixed reaction to the realistic and non-sexual, but nevertheless omnipresent nudity in his breakout film Kirikou and the Sorceress. Although all of these countries' boards of film classification have approved it as being suitable for all ages, cinemas and TV channels have been reluctant to show it due to the possible backlash from offended parents. In 2007, he gained some further recognition within the English-speaking world by directing a music video for the Icelandic musician Björk, the lead single from her album Volta.

In another, 2008 interview he mentioned as further examples of favourite and influential artistic works Voltaire's letters, The Heron and the Crane, Crac, Father and Daughter, the first part of Grand Illusion, Neighbors, the Eiffel Tower, Millesgården, Persian miniatures, Jean Giraud's free drawing and illustrations by Kay Nielsen.

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Filmography of Michel Ocelot (11 films)

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Actor

Tales of the Night, 1h24
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about Tibet, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jonathan Kite, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie, Yves Barsacq, Fatoumata Diawara, Firmine Richard
Rating69% 3.456653.456653.456653.456653.45665
A girl, a boy and an old cinema technician tell stories every night in a small theater. Before each story, the boy and the girl decide, in accordance with the old technician, they will play the characters in the story they will interpret, they also choose a time and a country as well as costumes through documentation the technician brings them, and make clothing and accessories with a computer-controlled machine. They then perform the story on stage.
The Three Inventors, 13minutes
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Animation
Actors Michel Elias, Michel Ocelot
Roles (voice)
Rating75% 3.7582153.7582153.7582153.7582153.758215
Trois inventeurs réalisent de merveilleuses machines, mais sont en butte à l'incompréhension et à l'hostilité de la population.

Director

Kirikou and the Men and Women, 1h28
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on mythology, Witches in film, Political films, Children's films, Mythologie d'Afrique de l'Ouest
Actors Sabine Pakora, Pascal Nzonzi
Rating65% 3.266763.266763.266763.266763.26676
Sur le même principe que Kirikou et les Bêtes sauvages, Kirikou et les Hommes et les Femmes regroupe cinq aventures de Kirikou enfant indépendantes les unes des autres et racontées par le grand-père de Kirikou. Ces aventures se déroulent pendant les événements de Kirikou et la Sorcière, au temps où le village est toujours terrorisé par la sorcière Karaba et ses fétiches animés. Tandis que Kirikou et les Bêtes sauvages mettait en avant des animaux, Kirikou et les Hommes et les Femmes se concentre sur les relations des villageois entre eux ou avec les étrangers de passage.
Tales of the Night, 1h24
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about Tibet, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jonathan Kite, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie, Yves Barsacq, Fatoumata Diawara, Firmine Richard
Rating69% 3.456653.456653.456653.456653.45665
A girl, a boy and an old cinema technician tell stories every night in a small theater. Before each story, the boy and the girl decide, in accordance with the old technician, they will play the characters in the story they will interpret, they also choose a time and a country as well as costumes through documentation the technician brings them, and make clothing and accessories with a computer-controlled machine. They then perform the story on stage.
Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest, 1h39
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Les fées, Political films, Children's films
Actors Hiam Abbass, Patrick Timsit, Imogen Bailey, Steve Kynman, Cyril Mourali, Nigel Pilkington
Rating74% 3.71023.71023.71023.71023.7102
Once upon a time there were two children nursed by Jénane: Azur, a blond, blue-eyed son of a nobleman, and Asmar, the tan skinned and dark-eyed child of the Jenane. The nurse tells them the story of the Djinn-fairy waiting to be released from her chamber by a good and heroic prince. Brought up together they are as close as brothers until the day Azur's father cruelly separates them, banishing the nurse and Asmar from his home and sending Azur away to the city to receive schooling from a personal tutor. Years later, Azur is haunted by memories of the legendary Djinn-fairy, and takes it upon himself to journey all the way to Asmar's homeland to seek it out. Now reunited, he finds that Jénane has since become a successful merchant, while Asmar is now a member of the Royal Guard. However, Asmar also longs to find the Djinn-fairy, and only one of the two youths can be successful in their quest.
Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, 1h15
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on mythology, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'une girafe, Witches in film, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Mythologie d'Afrique de l'Ouest, Mise en scène d'une plante
Actors Robert Liensol, Pascal Nzonzi, Marie-Philomène Nga, Emil Abossolo M'Bo, Gwenaël Sommier, Michel Elias
Rating66% 3.322383.322383.322383.322383.32238
The film is a sub-story to Kirikou and the Sorceress rather than a straight sequel. The movie is set while Kirikou is still a child and Karaba is still a sorceress. Like Princes et princesses and Les Contes de la nuit, it is an anthology film comprising several episodic stories, each of them describing Kirikou's interactions with a different animals. It is however unique among Michel Ocelot's films, not only in that it is co-directed by Bénédicte Galup (who has previously worked with him as an animator) but also for each of the stories being written by a different person (in all other cases, Ocelot has been the sole writer and director of his films).
Princes et Princesses, 1h10
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Witches in film, Political films, Children's films
Actors Yves Barsacq
Rating76% 3.8450553.8450553.8450553.8450553.845055
It is said that somewhere, an enchanted princess lies captive in a secret palace – a palace you can be sure that you're getting close to if you find diamonds lying in the grass. But in order to free the princess from the curse placed upon her, one would have to find all one-hundred and eleven of the diamonds which make up her broken necklace. Many princes have attempted to break the spell, but all have disappeared without a trace.
Kirikou and the Sorceress, 1h11
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on mythology, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Witches in film, Political films, Children's films, Mythologie d'Afrique de l'Ouest
Actors Ryūnosuke Kamiki, Maimouna N'Diaye, Robert Liensol, William Nadylam, Sébastien Hébrant, Rémi Bichet
Rating75% 3.7871653.7871653.7871653.7871653.787165
In a little village somewhere in West Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born in a spectacular way. But he's not a normal boy, since he can speak and walk immediately after being born. He is also very determined. His mother tells him that an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all the males of the village except for one. Hence the tiny Kirikou decides to accompany the last warrior, his uncle, to visit the sorceress. Kirikou tricks the sorceress and saves his uncle, by waiting inside his uncle's hat, and pretending that it was magic. He saved the children from being kidnapped by the sorceress' boat, which sped off towards Karaba, and saved them later again from the sorceress' tree, which closed it branches, and once again sped off towards Karaba. Next, he bursts the monster who was drinking all the village's water. He then travels to ask his wise old grandfather about the sorceress, and faces many obstacles in the process. The grandfather finds that Kirikou is always asking questions, which is a good thing. The grandfather tells him that she is evil because she suffers: bad men put a poisoned thorn in her back. On the way to Karaba, Kirikou makes friends, who each in turn, give him presents, after he saves them from the skunk. Kirikou manages to trick the sorceress and removes the thorn, he also manages to take the gold, and return it to the rightful owners. The sorceress is cured. She kisses Kirikou and he becomes an adult. Love reigns. When they arrive back at the village, no one believes that the sorceress is cured, and only do they believe Kirikou, when a procession of drummers arrive. It turns out Karaba did not eat them, just turned them into watchmen, and other obedient objects.
The Legend of the Poor Hunchback, 8minutes
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Animation
Rating66% 3.336483.336483.336483.336483.33648
Le court métrage se compose d'une série d'images fixes à l'encre et au fusain, inspirées des gravures médiévales, qui défilent sur un fond musical, et s'accélèrent au fil de l'histoire. La princesse du royaume, assise sur un trône élevé entouré par une foule nombreuse, reçoit la visite de nombreux prétendants princiers. Pendant la cérémonie, un pauvre bossu tente de parvenir jusqu'à elle afin de lui offrir un bouquet de fleurs, mais les autres prétendants le brutalisent sous les rires cruels de la foule. Il doit alors révéler le secret que dissimule sa bosse.
Les Filles de l’égalité, 1minutes
Directed by Michel Ocelot

Une vieille dame toute petite rencontre un jeune homme de très grande taille. La vieille dame passe aussitôt un coup de téléphone à l'organisation « Les Filles de l'égalité », dont l'affiche couvre la scène quelques secondes tandis qu'un bruit de scie retentit. Lorsque l'affiche laisse de nouveau place à la scène, le jeune homme est à présent un cul-de-jatte pas plus grand que la dame, et il s'en va dans un chariot à roulettes tandis que la dame roule des yeux amoureux. Le court métrage ne comporte pas de dialogues ni de commentaire.
The Three Inventors, 13minutes
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Animation
Actors Michel Elias, Michel Ocelot
Rating75% 3.7582153.7582153.7582153.7582153.758215
Trois inventeurs réalisent de merveilleuses machines, mais sont en butte à l'incompréhension et à l'hostilité de la population.
Tales of the Night, 26minutes
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Animation
Rating69% 3.4708353.4708353.4708353.4708353.470835
A boy, a girl and an old technician get together in an abandoned cinema to invent stories, the boy and the girl play after then made costumes. The three stories are "La Belle Fille et le sorcier" ("The Pretty Girl and the Sorcerer"), "Bergère qui danse" ("The Dancing Shepherdess") and "Le Prince des joyaux" ("The Prince of Jewels"). Unlike La Princesse insensible and Ciné si, Les Contes is on 35 mm film.

Scriptwriter

Kirikou and the Men and Women, 1h28
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on mythology, Witches in film, Political films, Children's films, Mythologie d'Afrique de l'Ouest
Actors Sabine Pakora, Pascal Nzonzi
Rating65% 3.266763.266763.266763.266763.26676
Sur le même principe que Kirikou et les Bêtes sauvages, Kirikou et les Hommes et les Femmes regroupe cinq aventures de Kirikou enfant indépendantes les unes des autres et racontées par le grand-père de Kirikou. Ces aventures se déroulent pendant les événements de Kirikou et la Sorcière, au temps où le village est toujours terrorisé par la sorcière Karaba et ses fétiches animés. Tandis que Kirikou et les Bêtes sauvages mettait en avant des animaux, Kirikou et les Hommes et les Femmes se concentre sur les relations des villageois entre eux ou avec les étrangers de passage.
Tales of the Night, 1h24
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Origin France
Genres Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about Tibet, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jonathan Kite, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie, Yves Barsacq, Fatoumata Diawara, Firmine Richard
Roles Writer
Rating69% 3.456653.456653.456653.456653.45665
A girl, a boy and an old cinema technician tell stories every night in a small theater. Before each story, the boy and the girl decide, in accordance with the old technician, they will play the characters in the story they will interpret, they also choose a time and a country as well as costumes through documentation the technician brings them, and make clothing and accessories with a computer-controlled machine. They then perform the story on stage.