Toc

HublotI missed that a Franco-Belgian film won an Oscar this year. No, it wasn’t a huge blockbuster; it was the animated short “Mr. Hublot” Mr. Hublot is an old bachelor who lives a little, well-regulated life in his little, well-regulated apartment. In his world, people are patched together from mechanical bits. The withdrawn little man is dwarfed by the machines that surround him. He suffers from toc, a short form for trouble obsessionnel compulsif, or OCD in English. His orderly world is turned upside-down by the arrival of a little dog named Robot Pet. (Sounds like the effect that two cats had on my home!)

mr-hublot2The film is written, produced and directed by Frenchman Laurent Witz – his first animated short, He collaborated with Belgian sculptor Stéphane Halleux, noted for creating fantastic figures, including a certain little fellow known as Mr. Hublot. The co-director was animator Alexandre Espigares of Luxembourg who has also worked on projects such as Star Wars – The Clone Wars and Happy Feet 2. I’ve only been able to watch clips thus far, but I’m hoping to get a copy of Mr. Hublot when I’m in France this summer. It looks simply charming. If any of you have seen it, I’d love to hear what you think.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Toc

  1. It is a gorgeous film! I saw it before the Oscars and really loved it. You must see it.

    • Excellent! Where did you see it? Shorts are great to build writing and speaking activities around in class, so I’m looking forward to adding this one to my collection.

      • Every year, there is a show (not sure who assembles it but it ends up in movie theaters) that shows all the nominated live action short films and all the animated ones…otherwise, they’re often impossible to find. Google the name “oscar nominated short films” and maybe it will pop up?

        Worst case, google the film’s producers?

      • Great suggestions! Merci!

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