Le Vieil Homme et la Mer (1999)

The old man and the sea, based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, won many awards, including the Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

Aleksandr Petrov and his son Dmitri Petrov painted each of the 29,000+ frames. They took more than two years of painting on glass sheets. The project was initiated in 1995 after Petrov (who had made his first films in Russia) had his first meeting with Pascal Blais Studio, a Canadian animation studio. The film was partially funded by and was made at their studio. After photographing each frame painted on the glass sheets, which was four times larger than the usual A4-sized canvas, he had to slightly modify the painting for the next frame and so on.

The style is analogous to that used in Petrov's other films and can be characterized as a type of Romantic realism. People, animals and landscapes are painted and animated in a very realistic fashion but there are sections where Petrov attempts to visually show a character's inner thoughts and dreams.
You will be overwhelmed by its beauty and depth, and the admiration for what human imagination, creativity, and talent are capable of producing.
An astonishingly gorgeous example of a modern classic!

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