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Annecy: ‘Walter’ Joins Cultures Bringing Nature Alive at Annecy Festival

16 June 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Director Clément Du Ruyter fuses French, Japanese and American influences into his own style for the upcoming animation series, “Walter.” In hopes of receiving funds for a toon skein, “Walter” chronicles a man’s journey in a magical forest as he attempts to oust strange creatures from their natural environment. The French series project draws from other man-versus-wildlife comedic animations such as American classics Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd and Wile E. Coyote with a blend of Japanese folklore “Yokai” and traditional European illustrations.

On “Walter,” Lorène Lescanne produces, and the screenplay is by Marie Manand; De Ruyter and Lila Poppins serve as graphic artists.

“Walter” will be presented Thursday at the Annecy Mifa market TV Special and Series pitches.

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Basically, I just wanted to mix European design with creatures that look Japanese. I really like Paul Grimault and Tomi Ungerer, who do [French] animation »

- Mannie Holmes

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Drawing breath by Anne-Katrin Titze

20 January 2015 8:14 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Tomi Ungerer: All in One at The Drawing Center in New York on Liberté Crucifiée: "I view the shooting at Charlie Hebdo with an incredible sense of sadness." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

During the opening weekend of celebrations for the exhibition Tomi Ungerer: All in One, curated by Claire Gilman at The Drawing Center in New York, I asked the star of Brad Bernstein's Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story about his Barbies that resembled Nicole Kidman's look in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy. He told me that Bagdad Cafe director Percy Adlon's Landleben and Celia Lowenstein's Fascination: Fascism were two other films that profiled him. We talked about his fascination with the Brothers Grimm and how he sees himself in Luis Buñuel and David Lynch. The day before, with Steven Heller, he spoke about his sadness over the tragedy in Paris »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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