Le Royaume is a “cute” film with an innocent storyline about a king with a sense of grandeur. For me I felt there was inner meaning to the story. Like the king taking over land and using the inhabitants to create his castle. Which felt like invaders conquering land and using the natives as slaves. The second inner meaning I found was deforestation and how we loose windbreakers, which was shown with the king clearing land and using the trees to build his castle and a stormy night tore it all apart.
The animation itself is very fluid, it had a mixture of tranditional (characters, frame-by-frame) and new age techniques (landscape, 2.5D). The linework felt very raw in my senses especially on the characters which helped transition the slow scenes to the fast paced scenes. The linework also felt very French more in the sense that the movie Les Triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville) was the first animation which really took off the unique retro style so for me it feels like the French own it.
The music was classical but felt lighter than what you’d get in the cinema, I found the lightness more upbeat and less in your face which was great because you can easily relax through the animation. Also due to the lightness it let the visuals have more impact on the mood than the sound does which was different.
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“Le Royaume” (The king and the Beaver), Student graduating film 2010 at Gobelins, L’école de l’image.
Written, directed and animated by Nuno Alves Rodrigues, Oussama Bouachéria, Julien Chheng, Sébastien Hary, Aymeric Kevin, Ulysse Malassagne & Franck Monier.
Music by Mathieu Alvado.