Madame Tutli Putli (2007)

Madame Tutli Putli is Lavis & Szczerbowski's first professional film. They, in fact, wrote, animated and directed the film entirely by themselves. The National Film Board of Canada presents a stunning, stop-motion animated film that takes the viewer on an exhilarating existential journey. The film introduces groundbreaking visual techniques and is supported by a haunting and original score. Puppets, costumes and sets are very detailed. Lavis & Szczerbowski rejected traditional stop-motion puppet armatures and built aluminum wire skeletons by hand: it took seven months of work! The same level of intricacy and attention to detail went into costuming. All of the film sets were hand built, too.






The special visual effects were produced in collaboration with acclaimed portrait artist Jason Walker. For each scene, he analyzed the puppet's animation with great patience and precise notes. The he positioned, digitally scaled, painted and re-timed the footage for nuance and believability of gesture.
They have done an incredible job: the changing light which moves across the travelers' faces; the figure of Madame Tutli-Putli, who embodies a wide range of emotions and displays an authentic feminility! It just might represent the technical high-point of stop-motion technique to date.
Madame Tutli-Putli boards the Night Train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past. She travels alone, facing both the kindness and menace of strangers. As day descends into dark, she finds herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure. Her past remains sketchy, but we can perceive enough to become involved in her story.
The Canadian animated short Madame Tutli-Putli has won two awards at the Cannes film festival and now it could be the next Oscar winner.
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2 comments:

Matt said...

The first stop motion I watch it have a soul!

pat said...

Incredible!