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Cat Velez - 9th Apr 2015

Belgian hiphop star Stromae has explored the dramatic conflict raised in his music in a number of excellent music videos. Having gone to a film school to study sound, and exposed to the power of the visual medium, he's professed to writing music with strong visual concepts in mind.

Now, after the excellent vids for Tous Les Memes, Papaoutai and others, Stromae has broken new ground again, by recruiting Sylvain Chomet, the BAFTA and César-winning director of The Triplets of Belleville, L'illusionniste, and The Old Lady and the Pigeons, to direct his video for Carmen, and create a cartoon with a satirical bite about the perils of social media.

With Chomet's signature hand-drawn style - and character design that echoes the old Warner Bros cartoon classics - Stromae warns against the allure of the unmistakeable little blue bird. In the video, the one Stromae meets as a kid, just keeps getting bigger. Like nice Tweety Pie turning into the angry Chicken Hawk, and then into a very big blue bird indeed. 

Set to the tune of Carmen's Habanera from Bizet's opera, the song and video parallel the opera by relating the often-absurd behaviour of being in love with those associated with Twitter use. And even if you can't understand what Stromae is saying (although the subtitles will help), Chomet's brilliant visuals say it all in a forceful yet funny way. Everyone 'on Twitter' is heading for oblivion...

Credits

DirectorSilvain Chomet
WriterSilvain Chomet
Executive ProducerDominic Buttimore
Lead AnimatorSylvain Chomet
Lead AnimatorNeil Boyle
Animation ProducerRu Warner
CompositorKirk Hendry
Lighting DesignerKirk Hendry
AnimationNicolette Van Gent
AnimationAndy Powell
Animation AssistantAlan Henry
Animation AssistantAude Carpentier
Animation AssistantSlaven Reese
Animation AssistantGerald Gallego
CompingShiv Panday
CompingSean Martin
CompingTim Sanpher
CompingJames Gifford
CompingCorinne Ladeinde
ColouristDanny Atkinson
Editing companyth1ng th2ng
WriterOrelsan
Director's Rep (UK)Chloe Page at Lock It In
Production Companyth1ng th2ng
Other creditsBackground Artist: Marcin Lichowski Digital Ink and Paint: Donna Spencer, Spidereye, B Animation

Cat Velez - 9th Apr 2015

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