‘Le Royaume’ (The King and the Beaver)

Gobelins is an art school in France that I would personally say has the best animation program in the world. Consistently it turns out talented folks year after year and this animated short is equally impressive. It’s called Le Royaume (The King and the Beaver) and was cretaed in collaboration between Nuno Alves Rodrigues, Oussama Bouachéria, Julien Chheng, Sébastien Hary, Aymeric Kevin, Ulysse Malassagne & Franck Monier with music by Mathieu Alvado.

It’s really reminiscent of Japanese animation with lots of interesting character expressions and a real fluidity in the characters move. I also like that the story is a bit dark and mysterious and nature. Where di the King come from? Where did his kingdom go?


7 Comments ‘Le Royaume’ (The King and the Beaver)

  1. Rebecca November 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    This is really delightful! I hope you don’t mind a cross-post!

  2. Sebastian B. November 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    This video is so awesome! Allthough it’s made in comic style there are so much funny and charismatic details like the arrow in the king’s crone or the small teeth of the biber.

    The emotions of the characters are well done, too.

  3. faz November 5, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    …i died.

  4. YASIN November 6, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Just amazing.

  5. Andy November 6, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    This was truly spectacular.

    As to your questions about the king…

    When he appears, he has an arrow in his crown. After the encounter with the beaver, he has the axe. We can assume that he’ll soon have a spoon up there, too.

    So, maybe his former castle was made by soldiers… perhaps those same soldiers ran him out because of his massive hubris, and he still has not learned his lesson.

  6. Decay November 7, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Seriously, take a look on the whole Gobelin’s production… they’re just amazing.
    Here is some of my favorites, enjoy.

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