Le Cancre: Animated Retelling

My inspiration

I wanted to communicate the meaning of Jacques Prevert's poem, Le Cancre, through animation in just 30 seconds. I also wanted the short to showcase my motion graphics and animation skills. Although this is not a UI design per se, it's important to include this as it became a stepping stone for my later work to come

How I got there

I then chose to 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. As a child between the ages of 5-8, I was highly disobedient and barely tolerated any authority, which made this poem the perfect subject for animation


At first, I had a hard time coming up with a style for this short that wasn't too elementary with no emotion, or too mature for the demographic I intended to reach


This turned out to be a short I enjoyed making and I was impressed with how it turned out

page 1 of the moodboard for this project
Research & Storyboard

This is how I do 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)

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

final design for this project
Character Designs

After looking at some more inspirations, I ended up with these character designs for both the student and teacher in the short. I decided to blend both the childish squiggly lines and the round bouncy shape of his body to give a fun, warm feeling to the adaption of the poem.

styleframe 1 of this project styleframe 2 of this project


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


I made this just to get the timing right before starting the final animation


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