Known and loved by generations of children, Pinchon's classic Bécassine is now a feature-length movie. A cross between Mary Poppins and Mr Bean, Bécassine is the nanny every child dreams of...
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Known and loved by generations of children, Pinchon's classic Bécassine is now a feature-length movie. A cross between Mary Poppins and Mr Bean, Bécassine is the nanny every child dreams of having ! Her mismatched green dress, white apron and red-and-white striped socks might look a little strange, but the gawky Bécassine is a truly lovable character. Her adventures begin when Bécassine arrives in Paris to take care of Charlotte, the daughter of one of her former charges. Bécassine and Charlotte get caught up in a fanatic and comical adventure filled with song and dance. They race from Paris to Marseilles to Ibiza and Lapland trying to unravel the mystery of what happened to Charlotte's father, Edmond. What is he running from ? What secret is he trying to protect ? Will Charlotte's family escape the evil clutches of Gaspard, a so-called family friend ?Written by
Bécassine is one of the earliest French comic character ever published. Adapting it to the Cinema in the 21st century may not have been that easy. I found that the director, Philippe Vidal, succeeded in refreshing the figure. Bécassine is rendered as the naive, clumsy, good-hearted girl she had always been. Animation is classic but well done and pleasant. It's a movie for kids, with a simple plot, a linear story easy to understand, clear voices and a good moral. For children's 7 to 12. One detail : the original comic Bécassine did not had any mouth. Also, the original comic was mainly black, red and green on white strips. This animation is done with an overall orange and blue tone (which, however, fits well with Bécassine's dress). Two minor flows which only prove that there is room for an even better adaptation.
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