Dragons et princesses

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This article is about the French animated series. For the folkloric trope from which it takes its name, see Princess and dragon.
Dragons et princesses
Genre Fairy tale anthology series
Written by Michel Ocelot
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Voices of Yves Barsacq
Olivier Claverie
Michel Elias
Isabelle Guiard
Michel Ocelot
Composer(s) Christian Maire
Country of origin France
Original language(s) French
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Producer(s) Christophe Rossignon
Michel Ocelot
Editor(s) Patrick Ducruet
Running time 13 minutes
Production company(s) Nord-Ouest Films
Studio O
Canal+
Distributor Canal+
StudioCanal[1]
Broadcast
Original channel Canal+ Family
Picture format 576i[2]
Original run October 25, 2010 (2010-10-25) – November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05)[3]
Chronology
Preceded by Les Contes de la nuit (1992)
Related shows Ciné si (1989)

Dragons et princesses (Dragons and Princesses) is a 2010 French computer animation television program written, storyboarded and directed by Michel Ocelot and produced at Studio O for Canal+. It is a fairy tale anthology series of ten further 13-minute episodes in the format established in Ciné si. Five of the episodes are edited, with a feature-exclusive sixth, into the 2011 stereoscopic compilation movie Tales of the Night.

Production[edit]

The series, which Ocelot also voice acted in, co-produced, art directed and designed,[2] returns to the format of short silhouette animation fairy tales established by 1989's Ciné si and continued in 1992's Tales of the Night to produce further stories originally conceived for the then-unsuccessful Ciné si, episodes of which have since enjoyed popularity in the form of the compilation movie Princes and Princesses.[4]

At least as early as September 2006, when Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest was previewing in France, Ocelot was mentioning in interviews that he was planning to return to silhouettes and the anthology format with a project then planned to be titled Bergères et Dragons (Shepherdesses and Dragons) and released in 2008 but wavered on whether it would it take the format of a feature film or television series and if it would consist of a combination of existing and new or all-new footage (the title suggests the inclusion of the "Bergère qui danse" segment of the earlier Tales of the Night).[5] Instead, 2008 saw the inclusion of these earlier silhouette films in the Les Trésors cachés de Michel Ocelot short film collection and the new project, set back by production of several others, was announced in June 2010 as taking its eventual form of both a television series of ten new silhouette films and a new Tales of the Night for movie theaters drawn from it.[6]

Dragons also notably sees him return to working with once-regular composer Christian Maire,[1] who had last scored Ciné si for him two decades ago, and is the first production animated by his own Studio O in Paris, which previously had covered only pre-production for projects animated at larger animation studios. A total of over 300 characters and 800 sets were designed for the project,[3] which was animated by a team of five[2] in Autodesk Maya.[3]

Release[edit]

At least two of the episodes had pre-television premieres, with "L'Élue de la Ville d'or" ("The Electress of the City of Gold") screening at the Festival international de cinéma d'animation de Meknès in May 2010 and "Le Garçon qui ne mentait jamais" ("The Boy Who Never Lied") in competition for the Cristal for best TV production at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June, for which it lost out to Studio Soi's "Der Kleine und das Biest" ("The Little Boy and the Beast") but was instead given a special award for a television series.[7] The series then began its run on the satellite and cable channel Canal+ Family with the first episode, "La Maîtresse des monstres" ("The Mistress of Monsters"), on October 25 at 20:25, being broadcast in the same time slot each weekday until all ten episodes had been aired,[8] the last on November 5.[3]

Two picture books drawn from two other episodes, "Le Loup-garou" ("The Werewolf") and "Ti Jean et la belle-sans-connaître" ("Ti Jean and the Beauty-That-Didn't-Know-It"), have been published[9] and a DVD-Video of the series was released in France on November 30, 2010. It is region 2-locked and the only subtitles are French-language captions.[10]

Les Contes de la nuit (film)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dragons et princesses 'Le garçon qui ne mentait jamais'". Cité de l'image en mouvement. 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Dragons et princesses". Nord-Ouest Films. October 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Dragons et princesses" [Dragons and Princesses] (Portable Document Format) (Press release) (in French). Canal+. October 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. "Diffusion du 25 octobre au 5 novembre 2010, du lundi au vendredi à 20H15" 
  4. ^ Jouvanceau, Pierre (2004). The Silhouette Film. Pagine di Chiavari. Trans. Kitson. Genoa: Le Mani. p. 54. ISBN 88-8012-299-1. "[…] episodes of the series Ciné si […] were re-edited as a feature film, given the title Princes et princesses and distributed by Gébéka Films […], enjoying a resounding success in the cinema." 
  5. ^ Nardoux, Rémy (13 September 2006). "Azur et Asmar". Fous d'anim. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Hopewell, John; Elsa Keslassy (8 June 2010). "StudioCanal backs 3D Ocelot pic". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "The 34th International Animation Film Festival Awards". Cité de l'image en mouvement. 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Grille TV" (in French). Canal+. October 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Recueil Dragons et princesses" (in French). Nathan. 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Dragons et princesses" (in French). DVDFr. 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 

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