Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Buche Royale

Today we have yet another graduation film, and not on purpose either, it just kind of happened. Anyway, this one is called Buche Royale, and it is from the Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d'Animation (the School of Animated Cinema Professions), or EMCA, in Angouleme, France, and it's by a trio of young women: Aline Lesage, Lucy Vallin, and Sarah Amrani. I have no idea if they've done anything other than this film. I assume they have, but... whatever, let's move on.

Here's the synopsis, translated from the original French: "As everyday, Patrick and Julien are doing their job, they exterminate aliens on a desertic planet." "Desertic", you say? Heh... Anyway, from what I understand, this short film is about two exterminators on an alien planet.

Let's watch...

(You might have to turn on the English Closed Captioning)

The third in an unintentional series that I have decided to call "short bits of animated fluff", Buche Royale mostly delivers. The animation is cruder than our last couple of short films, but otherwise the story is fast and fun and enjoyable. In fact, it only really stumbles when it decides to get serious, a brief moment of conscience at the end feeling more like a last minute scramble for a story arc, rather than an actual statement. It's almost a sour note, almost. I'm actually surprised they didn't have a redemption moment after the credits, but then this could better be called a "slice of life" than an actual story. It's not surprising really, this thing is under 4 minutes long. That's not a lot of time to get stuff going, and honestly, there's a reason these last three films are now collectively called "short bits of animated fluff", ya' dig?

It's kind of funny. Check it out.


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