With a excellent colour palette (including both vibrant hues and muted tones), nice drawings and a nice loose, free style of animation this small story is very simple and without any fuss. I really like one of the closing scenes which features Dr Tom’s room; the colours of his blankets, his nose, the plants- the vibrancy and the fluidity of movement that is suggested by the lines and relaxed style of drawing. I also find the limited movement grabs my imagination; the wind that blows Dr Tom’s hair and collar as he leans out of his window is powerful whilst the background remains still. Whilst my French is limited my understanding of the title to be something a long the lines of ‘Freedom on the Run’ but either which way, the gist of the story isn’t cheery with Dr Tom’s fellow menfolk’s smiles being sucked off their faces rendering them grey and personality-less. Is it just a dream or is it a premonition of what’s to come? We shall never know.
DR TOM – LA LIBERTE EN CAVALE, by ONE MORE PRODUCTION
Directed by Stephen Vuillemin and Emmanuelle Walker.
Music and lyrics: Norman Langolff, Gaby Concato and Sylvie Arditi
Designs: Aurélien Prédal and Yoann Lemoine
Animation: Lucie Arnissolle, Olivier Lescot, Manuel Tanon-Tchi, Stephen Vuillemin and Emmanuelle Walker.
Matte paintings: Anne-Laure To
Production assistant: Martin Casalis.