Monday, March 03, 2014

CGAA One-a-Day: Mr Hublot

"Mr Hublot lives in an absurd world, where characters come together, patched-up, stitched-up, with mechanical parts, driving enormous vehicles, a world where the giant scale of machines and the determination towards recycling reign supreme. It is a post-industrial environment where nature has totally disappeared and so have most of human feelings."

Mr Hublot is a French-Luxembourgish animated short film by Laurent Witz with the characters of Stephane Halleux. This short film won the Academy Award in the category for the Best Animated Short Film of 2013. The film tells a story of a "withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet's arrival turns is life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion."

Overall, it has taken 3 years to produce, with most of the time being focused on planning, designing and creating the world in which Mr Hubot resides. The world is heavily influenced by mechanics and steam-driven power, however, the project was initially sparked by the influence of the physical sculptures of Stephane Halleux. Below is also the accompanying Video Artbook for the animated short. 

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