Arte France embarks on the cartoon forum of Valseurs Wow, the animated musical ‘Samuel’


The French cultural television channel Arte France has embarked on the animated television series “Samuel”, directed by Émilie Tronche and produced by French Les Valseurs.

The project received one of the longest applause from audiences at this year’s Cartoon Forum, which closed on September 24.

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“Samuel” is supported by development funds from the CNC as well as funds from the government of Charente in New Aquitaine in France and the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

Show follows Samuel and his friends – children around ten – who grew up in the early 2000s. Told from Samuel’s perspective, the series is an emotional portrayal of adolescence that mixes introspection, humor and nostalgic songs. .

“We are always on the lookout for new and innovative formats. It is also our mission to detect new creative talents able to connect with the public on digital platforms, ”said Lili Blumers, editor-in-chief of the digital department of Arte France. Variety.

She added: “When we saw ‘Samuel’ on Emilie’s Instagram account, we immediately fell in love with the character and her distinctive voice – charming and deceptively naive.”

The director attended the Ateliers de Sèvres in Paris and the EMCA animation school in Angoulême.

Comprised of 21 4-minute episodes, the series is intended to be broadcast via website, YouTube, Arte’s Instagram series account. The producers are also working on a specific version for TikTok, Blumers said.

The animations presented during the French event suggested a minimalist style revolving with charm around the first relationships of children and the discoveries of life, both observed with keen eye.

“Children are generally described as cute and endearing, even kind,” said writer and director Émilie Tronche. Variety. But, she added, “Kids aren’t cute, or they don’t mean to be. That was the challenge for me – I wanted things to be natural, not forced, and imperceptibly convey emotions through looks, movements, pauses, dialogue and music.

The 21 episodes will cover five time periods – spring in 5th grade, summer vacation, back to school in 6th grade, winter and finally spring again.

“The inspiration was surely personal, specific to a certain period, the 2000s, but I think it could resonate in everyone’s childhood memories, regardless of age,” says Damien Megherbi at Les Valseurs. He added: “There is something universal about this period that Emilie has perfectly captured – its innocence, its gentleness and its cruelty, anecdotal moments in life taken very seriously and very serious matters treated more so. light. ” The producers expressed their confidence in the series’ deep connection with children and adolescents.

Founded by Megherbi and Justin Pechberty in 2013, the French company Les Valseurs has had great success with the short film “Nefta Futbol Club” nominated for the Oscars and the César. They won the César for best short film “Wicked Girl” and a flurry of nominations with “Guaxuma” by Nara Normande.

Since 2019, Les Valseurs has been involved in the production of feature films, producing titles such as “Le Noël de l’Animal”, “Sans cÅ“ur” and “Le regard mystérieux”. The company has also diversified into distribution.

Emilie Tronche - Credit: Credit: Les Valseurs

Emilie Tronche – Credit: Credit: Les Valseurs

Credit: Les Valseurs

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