The emphatically French-flavored title sequence for this 2009 film adaptation of vintage illustrated children’s book Le Petit Nicolas, brings to life the original drawings by veteran cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé to project a nostalgic 1950s aesthetic.
The work of seminal creative duo Kuntzel + Deygas, the animation portrays a 3-D paper-cutout, pop-up book world, where the characters are introduced in a series of naïve caricatures that hint at what we can expect from little Nicolas, our child protagonist. It’s a simple world, populated by mummies, daddies, and small discoveries, where the only splash of color in an otherwise minimal environment is reserved for the credits – and Nicolas’ sweater, so we know just who he is!
A clear departure from the ingenious and much-loved title sequence they created for the Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can, Kuntzel + Deygas‘ work for Le Petit Nicolas demonstrates the breadth and scope of this unstoppable duo’s talents.
Other recent examples of title sequences that explore the pop-up book or paper cut-out concept:
United States of Tara
The Starter Wife
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
Article: Remco Vlaanderen, © Submarine Channel 2010.
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About Kuntzel and Deygas
Artist duo Kuntzel & Deygas live and work in Paris, from whence they operate their innovative design studio which now encompasses award-winning and globally-recognized works in illustration, animation and product design, including the ubiquitous Caperino & Peperone characters, which became the mascots of Parisian hipster mecca Colette.
Kuntzel & Deygas
Official websiteLe Petit Nicolas
Official site of the characterWikipedia
More info about the book seriesCatch Me If You Can
(Title sequence) at Art of the Title
12 responses to “Le Petit Nicolas”
Wonderful. Parfait combination du son et de l´image, du beau boulot!!
Très très beau !
COOL, you did great job!
Wonderful. Love it.
I would I made this. Original techniques never die.
Incredibly sweet! Feels like childhood 🙂