Animateka 2017

Zombillenium Zombillénium

Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord / France, Belgium / 2017 / 80 min / French

Zombillenium is an amusement park like no other: only genuine werewolves, vampires, zombies are employed there… for eternity. One day, Hector, a young compliance officer, comes to control the park's safety and threatens to shut it down. Francis, the vampire who manages the park, has no choice but to bite him to protect their secret. Hector, transformed into an oddball monster, gets separated from his daughter Lucie, and finds himself trapped in the park. He is not a happy monster. And what if he were to become the new star attraction of Zombillenium?

Written and directed by Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord, Songs Mat Bastard, Storyboard Simon Andriveau, David Berthier, Nicolas Pawlowski, Original Music Eric Neveux, Animation Supervisor David Nasser, Edited by Benjamin Massoubre, Voices Emmanuel Curtil, Alain Choquet, Kelly Marot, Alexis Tomassian, Mat Bastard, Producer Henri Magalon, Co-producers Mat Bastard, Marc Bonny, Arnauld Boulard, Azmina Goulamaly, Production Maybe Movies, Belvision, 2 Minutes, Dupuis Audiovisuel, Pipangaï, Gebeka Films, France 3 Cinéma, Distribution Urban Distribution

IMDb

Zombillenium is an amusement park like no other: only genuine werewolves, vampires, zombies are employed there… for eternity. One day, Hector, a young compliance officer, comes to control the park's safety and threatens to shut it down. Francis, the vampire who manages the park, has no choice but to bite him to protect their secret. Hector, transformed into an oddball monster, gets separated from his daughter Lucie, and finds himself trapped in the park. He is not a happy monster. And what if he were to become the new star attraction of Zombillenium?

"Right from the start, I was overseeing each phase in order to integrate as much of the Zombillenium graphics as possible, because there’s a cartoon aspect and at the same time there’s a hyper realistic side, in the colors, in the contrasts... I’d often show photos and say, here, we took this in the North. You see how the road is. If you half close your eyes you see that everything is black except for the sky. There’s a particular light, which makes it very humid, so we have to accentuate that and heighten the contrast, etc. It was all very deliberate and I’m very happy with the final results."
- Arthur de Pins

"When I discovered the graphic novel Zombillenium, I was very impressed: his elegant design has all the qualities and layout of a film. And as a screenwriter, Arthur has gone further than in any of his previous work. He has managed to invent a great story that reminds you of a family comedy and takes place in a decidedly new universe."
- Henri Magalon

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