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Le Petit Nicolas

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The emphatically French-flavored title sequence for this 2009 film adaptation of vintage illustrated children’s book Le Petit Nicolas, brings to life the original drawings by veteran cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé to project a nostalgic 1950s aesthetic.

Le Petit Nicolas (stills)

The work of seminal creative duo Kuntzel + Deygas, the animation portrays a 3-D paper-cutout, pop-up book world, where the characters are introduced in a series of naïve caricatures that hint at what we can expect from little Nicolas, our child protagonist. It’s a simple world, populated by mummies, daddies, and small discoveries, where the only splash of color in an otherwise minimal environment is reserved for the credits – and Nicolas’ sweater, so we know just who he is!

A clear departure from the ingenious and much-loved title sequence they created for the Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can, Kuntzel + Deygas' work for Le Petit Nicolas demonstrates the breadth and scope of this unstoppable duo’s talents.

Other recent examples of title sequences that explore the pop-up book or paper cut-out concept:
United States of Tara
Bedtime Stories
The Starter Wife
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

Article: Remco Vlaanderen, © Submarine Channel 2010.

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Kuntzel and Deygas

Artist duo Kuntzel & Deygas live and work in Paris, from whence they operate their innovative design studio which now encompasses award-winning and globally-recognized works in illustration, animation and product design, including the ubiquitous Caperino & Peperone characters, which became the mascots of Parisian hipster mecca Colette.

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Laurent Tirard

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Comments (16):

14 Jan 11 • by: Emmanuelle Lambert-Wagner

14 Jan 11 • by: Pique Sel (via FaceBook)
Wonderful. Parfait combination du son et de l´image, du beau boulot!!

14 Jan 11 • by: Renzo Juárez (Via Facebook)
Totaly Awesome!

14 Jan 11 • by: Eric Drier
Très très beau !

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17 Jan 11 • by: Filipe Carvalho
very good.

18 Jan 11 • by: djax
COOL, you did great job!

19 Jan 11 • by: gato
Impressive work!

19 Jan 11 • by: Amy Hoover
Wonderful. Love it.

20 Jan 11 • by: Jos Kuntzel
I would I made this. Original techniques never die.

26 Jan 11 • by: Stefan Münch
Incredibly sweet! Feels like childhood :-)

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