Also known as: Barbe-Bleue (original French title)
Release Date: December 31st, 1936 (France)
Directed by: René Bertrand, Jean Painlevé
Written by: Charles Perrault
Music by: Jean Vincent-Bréchignac
Barbe-Bleue or Bluebeard is an animated short film from France that uses claymation to tell its story.
It’s not an exciting story and it is told more like a musical than a regular dramatic film but it is at least pleasant to look at. The art is beautiful, the colors are very vibrant and vivid. I’m assuming though that the original version of the film was done in black and white and the colorized versions was made later.
The stop motion is well executed and everything looks as smooth as it can for being made in the 1930s.
This is subtitled, as it is French, but with just about all of the dialogue coming through in song form, it almost even isn’t necessary to need the translation. Plus, the emotions and actions that are referenced in the music are pretty apparent on screen.
This isn’t an easy to track down short. I luckily found it on FIlmStruck and gave it a watch there, as I was looking for something short to kill 15 minutes or so. This did the trick.
Pairs well with: Other shorts by Jean Painlevé: Le Vampire, Sea Urchins, Liquid Crystals and The Fourth Dimension.
*Sadly, no trailer or other videos I can post for this.