How Bidibul introduced Le Petit Nicolas (and its creators) to life

Luxembourg cinema is doing nicely, very nicely the truth is. Thanks for him. Three weeks after actress Vicky Krieps was rewarded on the Cannes Movie Competition, three co-productions impressed this Saturday on the closing ceremony of the Annecy Worldwide Animation Movie Competition, thought of the Cannes of animation.

The distinguished Cristal for characteristic movies, the principle prize, is given particularly to “Petit Nicolas – What are we ready for to be blissful?” A Franco-Luxembourg manufacturing – produced by the French duo Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre – behind that are the French ON Classics and the Luxembourgish Bidibul Productions.

Saturday evening busy

“We began the night fairly relaxed on Saturday,” Lilian Eche, one of many two producers of Bidibul (alongside along with his colleague Christel Henon) defined this Sunday. “We had acquired a small electronic mail stating that we needed to attend this ceremony. In order that meant we had been going to win one thing… After which the stress constructed up because the evening went on as a result of we nonetheless hadn’t been known as on stage. And we began dreaming of successful the Crystal.”

What certainly occurred, however this isn’t a primary for Lilian Eche. The latter already acquired such an honor in 2006 when ‘Renaissance’ by the French director Christian Volckman received the identical prize.

“However this time we’re govt producers, it is even a bit of bit nicer,” Lilian Eche smiles. If you’re unfamiliar with the cinematic vocabulary, do not forget that Bidibul Productions has been concerned with the venture since its inception and the Luxembourg manufacturing firm has been the driving pressure in all phases of it.

An eight-year venture

“It began in 2014 with a need we shared with Aton Soumache – from ON Leisure, the dad or mum firm of ON Classics – to honor the creation of those two world-renowned authors, designer Jean-Jacques Sempé and the dialogist René Goscinny” slips Lilian Eche out.

A venture that traces the origins of Petit Nicolas’s delivery and mixes the lifetime of its creators with that of their little hero, a real icon of kids’s literature of the Nineteen Sixties, is then tied up. Then offered to Anne Goscinny, the beneficiary of the scriptwriter of the adventures of Asterix, who knew the producer of Bidibul, as a result of he was “concerned within the 3D animated tv sequence already dedicated to Little Nicolas”, launched right here for a decade .

“Le Petit Nicolas – What are we ready for to be blissful?” additionally tells the story of the 2 creators, Goscinny and Sempé.

(Picture: Bidibul productions)

One film, two animation types

Visually, the latter has nothing to do with the movie that was offered in Cannes final Could and winner in Annecy this weekend. This time no 3D, however a 2D handmade drawing that’s extra according to Sempé’s authentic works.

The fundamental concept, particularly to combine archival footage (to inform the authors’ lives) and animated movie (for the half about Little Nicolas), was deserted in favor of a totally animated work, “the place we have now two forms of animation” specifies Lilian Eche. “The archives have a mode that comes near what Sempé may provide when he labored for the American journal The New Yorker. Whereas the photographs illustrating Little Nicolas are extra within the books that advised his tales. Anne Goscinny is credited as co-screenwriter. On the voice casting we discover Alain Chabat (who doubles the character of René Goscinny), Laurent Lafitte (Jean-Jacques Sempé) or the younger Simon Faliu who lends his voice to Petit Nicolas.

Lilian Eche (right), accompanied by Simon Faliu who lends his voice to Petit Nicolas.  (Photo: DR)

Lilian Eche (proper), accompanied by Simon Faliu who lends his voice to Petit Nicolas.

(Picture: DR)

Luxembourg know-how and 74 musicians from the Philharmonie

Ultimately, “Le Petit Nicolas – What are we ready for to be blissful?” that is why it took eight years to see the sunshine of day. This represents thousands and thousands of hours of labor, however is about common for a manufacturing of this scale. Every part was prepared on Could 13, after two years of technical manufacturing. Seven days simply earlier than the official out-of-competition presentation on the Cannes Movie Competition.

The price range is estimated at about eight million euros, of which 1.7 paid by the Luxembourg Movie Fund, this primary animated movie of the adventures of Little Nicolas (after three “reside motion” characteristic movies for the cinema) benefited from Luxembourg know-how . Structure and coloration units had been supplied by Studio 352 in Contern (Mélusine Productions), composition and particular results by the Onyx Lux 3D studio in Luxembourg. When it comes to sound, the Philophon studios in Bettembourg did the modifying, sound results and mixing, whereas the music for the movie (written by Oscar winner Ludovic Bource) was recorded on the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, with no fewer than 74 musicians. †

And now Pagnol and Chaplin

Already bought in almost 100 territories, the movie can be launched on October 12 within the Benelux and France. A launch that in a way can be only a begin for Bidibul Productions, different main works variations are within the pipeline. For instance, “Marcel and Monsieur Pagnol”, the brand new animation movie by Sylvain Chomet (“Les Triplettes de Belleville”), which mixes the work and lifetime of Marcel Pagnol, is scheduled for 2025. Whereas “The Child”, a remake in animation , by Christian Volckman, from Charlie Chaplin’s first movie, is anticipated a bit of later. For sure, it is already turning into an occasion.

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