November 29, 2021

The Annecy film “Even mice go to paradise” is released in theaters this Wednesday

After an unfortunate accident, a young mouse with a strong character and a rather withdrawn fox find themselves in animal paradise. In this new world, they have to let go of their natural instincts and follow a whole journey towards a new life. Through this adventure, they become the best friends in the world and the rest of their trip will have many surprises in store for them. “Because of the bodies they were born into, Whizzy and Whitebelly are destined to be absolutely incompatible and irreconcilable natural enemies on Earth. In Heaven, they have no choice but to journey together through the fantastic landscapes. of the animal paradise “, says director Jan Bubeníček.

The film follows Whizzy’s adventures in Animal Paradise. © Radio France
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On the program: the baths of Paradise, the Mirror of Eternity, the Paradise theme park or the bowels of a giant whale. The film is adapted from a novel by Iva Procházková. With the characters of Whizzy and Whitebelly, it is an ode to friendship and tolerance.

Animals born in Annecy

The film took 14 months to shoot in Prague with 80 trays and more than 100 puppets. Most It is in Annecy, in the studios of Inthebox, that the 124,000 images were put in 3 dimensions. Alexandre Charlet is the boss of Films du Cygne. “We had in front of us two authors who wanted to make their first film, an ambitious film, with a very large number of sets and characters. They needed producers who believed in their vision and who gave them the means to achieve it. . It was not easy, it took a while to develop “, explains the Annecy producer.

With Whizzy and Whitebelly, the film is an ode to friendship and tolerance.
With Whizzy and Whitebelly, the film is an ode to friendship and tolerance. © Radio France
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20 months of work, and characters born in Haute-Savoie! “There was the modeling of animals like the chafer or the giant whale. There was also the manufacture of liquids and special effects. For example _the snow, the flooding of water in the bathroom, the sea, all this was done in the Inthebox studios in Annecy_“, details Alexandre Charlet.

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A first feature film for Les Films du Cygne

It is a first step in the feature film for the company whose name is inspired by the Swans of Lake Annecy. “Les Films du Cygne is a 20-year-old company. We made short films, we received awards. Today we are in the development of feature films so we are in a new stage for the structuring of the company. This first feature is important. This is a first for Les Films du Cygne and for Inthebox. This is how we learn and grow together “, concludes the producer.

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The production company Les Films du Cygne received 350 awards including the César for best short film for Les Bigorneaux, by Alice Vial 3 years ago. Alexandre Charlet will be at Les Nemours cinema in Annecy on November 1 for the 2 pm and 4:30 pm screenings; in the company of the puppets of the two main characters as well as some sets. Behind the scenes can be found on the film’s facebook and instagram as well as on the Gebeka films website.

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Find behind the scenes photos of the filming

The shooting required more than a hundred puppets.
The shooting required more than a hundred puppets. © Radio France
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You have to take about 24 photos by moving the puppets a few millimeters, to animate a second of film.
You have to take about 24 photos by moving the puppets a few millimeters, to animate a second of film. © Radio France
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The film takes place on more than 80 sets.
The film takes place on more than 80 sets. © Radio France
Fresh Films, Les Films du Cygne
Filming took place in Prague, Czech Republic, for 14 months.
Filming took place in Prague, Czech Republic, for 14 months. © Radio France
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The main characters have several puppets to be able to change their expressions.
The main characters have several puppets to be able to change their expressions. © Radio France
Fresh Films, Les Films du Cygne
The film hits theaters Wednesday, October 27.
The film hits theaters Wednesday, October 27. © Radio France
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