‘Zombillenium': Film Review | Cannes 2017

Graphic writer Arthur de Pins collaborates with Alexis Ducord to adjust his possess story of undead and other anticipation creatures using a thesis park in Northern France.

Based on several striking novels by co-writer-director Arthur de Pins, collaborating here with Alexis Ducord, Zombillenium is an entertaining, irrepressibly European charcterised underline grounded in an comical medieval anticipation concept. The thought is that a suggested entertainment park is run by genuine vampires, werewolves, zombies and other creatures of a night, all sanctimonious to be feign monsters. Given a abnormal themes and some-more scary than common content, this substantially skews a small comparison than a all-ages demographic of many U.S.-backed animation features, that could assistance accelerate a film’s interest as a niche item.

That said, over a realms of co-producing nations Belgium and France and their near-neighbors, a script’s clanking tract skeleton, a miss of star names in a voice cast, and a originality of a skill will still keep this on a placement margins among Francophiles and graphic-novel fans.  

The story is set in architecturally and meteorologically particular northern France, where towns of firmly terraced housing are enveloped by industrial zones and humid grey skies. Widowed singular primogenitor Hector (voiced by Emmanuel Curtil for a French denunciation version, David Gasman in a English one) lives with his eight-year-old daughter Lucie (Esther Corvez-Beaudoin/Ann Herstad). As a health-and-safety inspector, Hector is naturally discreet and rather officious, so when Lucie won’t stop going on about how most she wants to revisit a circuitously thesis park Zombillenium to float a drum coasters and a like, Hector’s suspicions are piqued. Hoping to find a reserve defilement so he can exclude to concede Lucie to go, he instigates a extemporaneous inspection.

Unfortunately, when he takes an conveyor down to a ninth sub-basement floor, he discovers that a park is built over a gateway to hell, a limbo ruled by a Devil (Emmanuel Jacomy/Geoffrey Carey), to whom park manager and conduct vampire Francis (Alain Choquet/Jerry Di Giacomo) contingency answer. Francis has no choice though to punch Hector and thereby spin him into a beast like himself, nonetheless a form Hector eventually takes — with a beefy, super-strong physique, uneven horns and extensive lively — conforms conjunction to vampire, werewolf nor zombie characteristics, though has a small bit of everything.

Hector also develops ace ax-man skills on a electric guitar, that comes in accessible when he ends adult combining a really Gallic-style stone combo with assorted other characters from a park, including zombie-skeleton Sirius (Mat Bastard/Doug Rand) and comely, sleeve-tattooed teen magician Gretchen (Kelly Marot/Kaycie Chase) who is literally a Devil’s daughter and has been operative as a sullen novice during a park. Antagonism is generally supposing by vampire Steven (Alexis Tomassian/Mark Jane), a chiseled looker who conforms to a Twilight-established earthy characteristics of a vampire, down to a sparkly-in-sunlight skin and curse deference toward obtuse beings.

The book by de Pins and Ducord spends a jagged volume of time substantiating a contours of a universe, clearly with an eye to world-building amply to lay a grounds for sequels. Less appetite is spent on building an enchanting account trajectory. Ultimately, storytelling seems to be reduction a indicate than anticipating instances to uncover off a gorgeous visuals, a hyper-seamless melding of 3D digest and 2D pattern that extracts lines and shadows from a total though still has an unusual fluidity. A scene, for example, in that Gretchen takes Hector for a float on her skateboard-broomstick has a whizzy swoop and swish, and will demeanour fantastic in 3D.

With a appealing impression pattern creation a “cast” generally appealing to tweens and up, this could roughly be described as a hippest charcterised underline involving undead creatures and entertainment parks given Scooby-Doo.

Production companies: Maybe Movies, Belvision and Dupuis, France 3 Cinema, Gebeka Films, 2 Minutes, Pipangaï Production, Gao Shan Pictures, 22d Music, Bonnie, RTBF (Television Belge)
Cast: Emmanuel Curtil, David Gasman, Alain Choquet, Jerry Di Giacomo, Kelly Marot, Kaycie Chase, Alexis Tomassian, Mark Jane, Mat Bastard, Doug Rand, Emmanuel Jacomy, Geoffrey Carey, Esther Corvez-Beaudoin, Ann Herstad, Fily Keita, Lee Delong, Gilbert Levy, Jeremy Coffman, Hervé Caradec, Doug Rand, Claire Beaudoin, Brenda Clark, Jean-Christophe Quenon, Jerry Di Giacomo, Lucia Sanchez, Lucia Sanchez, Maëlys Ricordeau, Tiffany H, Arthur De Pins, William Swyers, Hugues Boucher, Max Gabarre-Grindrod, Juliette Gesteau, Kaycie Chase
Director-screenwriters: Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord, formed on a striking novels by de Pins
Producer: Henri Magalon
Animation supervisor: David Nassier
3DFX director: Sebastien Rossi
Storyboard: Simon Andriveau, David Berthier, Nicolas Pawlowski
Technical director: Sebastien Courtois
Editor: Benjamin Massoubre
Music: Eric Neveux
Songs: Mat Bastard
Venue: Cannes Film Festival (Special Screening)
Sales: UDI – Urban Distribution Intl.

No rating, 78 minutes

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