Le Cancre: Animated Retelling

The big problem

communicate the meaning of Jacques Prevert's poem, Le Cancre, through animation in just 30 seconds.

The big solution

Go with the route of a children's drawing style that communicates the poem's theme of disobedience, dismissal of authority, and the satisfaction of ignorance.

The next big step: research

Part of the research includes doing styleboards. Here, I take images from other existing animated content that achieves the same goal of this project and put them all in one document for evaluation and assessment. Here, I especially liked the geometric yet thin lined style of Phantom Boy (2015) as well as another work featuring a more painterly feel. I ended basing my style for this animation on these two approaches. However, I didn't like the geometric feel of Phantom, hence I gave my animation more of a squiggly vision look (in slight resembelence to Home Movies and Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist)

page 1 of the moodboard for this project
page 2 of the moodboard for this project

The second giant leap: storyboarding

After I completed this storyboard, I began to realize that this style communicated in these sketches looked perhaps too sophomoric in tone.

page 1 of the storyboard for this project
page 2 of the storyboard for this project

So I did some more exploration, and then...

final design for this project

I came up with this with its more original design and squiggly texture

The moment before the moment of truth (styleframes!)

These styleframes were painted in Photoshop to show the instructor and other classmates what the initial concept would look like before the process of animating began

styleframe 1 of this project
styleframe 2 of this project

Finally, the moment of truth

An animatic was made just to get the timing right before starting the final animation

Playmobil Fun Screen

The big problem

The average Playmobil adult male does not have a simple, black-and-white interface that can allow him to marry the love of his life without headache or complexity.

The big solution

Create a straightforward experience with large text, rounded serifs, and bulky buttons that will allow the Playmobil male to automatically marry his soulmate automatically picked out for him by the playform. Also, the interface can by used by any adult Playmobil figure not molded with fingers. Yes, they don't have fingers.

The next big step: comparative analysis

Playmobil figures are very similar, physically and intellectually, to other toy races and cultures such as Lego Minifigs and GI-Joes. One episode of The Simpsons I looked at for inspiration was Brick Like Me which looks at an alterative universe of Springfield where all of the characters behave and think as Lego Minifigs. Another inspiration was the UI style of the 1980s Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy BBC Series. While minifigs exhibit similar childlike sensibilities, they differ from Playmobil people in terms of tolerance of real world senarios. Playmobil people are made in Germany, and they're sold to demographics much younger than the demographis targeted by The Lego Group. Playmobil people are also made for pretend play, not construction. They're completely against the words butt, dude, awesome, and ice cream. In the world of Playmobil, topics regarding popular movies and catchphrases are an absolute no-no.

page 1 of the research document for this project
page 2 of the research document for this project
page 3 of the research document for this project
page 3 of the research document for this project

Before starting the magic animation machine: preliminary compositions

I do these to get the hierarchy just right before the big red After Effects button is pushed to start the process

composition one for this project
composition two for this project

And once the animation is done in the kitchen, it goes to YouTube.

go there

Le Cancre: Animated Retelling

What's the problem here?

communicate the meaning of Jacques Prevert's poem, Le Cancre, through animation ins just 30 seconds.


My name is Nathan, and I like cool and smooth animations and so does your audience

Le Cacre: Animated Short

Playmobil: Fantasty UI

Goofy Lava Lamp Replica

Abraham Lincoln Project (coming soon)