Sunday night, the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film went to Mr. Hublot. Set in a mechanical world, Mr. Hublot follows a man with OCD who brings a robot puppy into his life.
Laurent Witz wrote and directed the award-winning short, which manages to transport us fully to its world of factories and gears while maintaining a strong emotional core. It's easy to see what made it Oscar-worthy.
An interview with co-director Alexandre Espigares:
Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters made partially of mechanical parts, driving huge vehicles, rub shoulders with each other. A world where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of salvaged materials reign supreme.
A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with Obsessive–compulsive disorder, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. His solution: he doesn't step foot outside his apartment! The arrival of the dog Robot Pet will turn his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion…
For a look at the art of Mr. Hublot, read Amid Amidi's article at Cartoon Brew.
Written and Directed by Laurent Witz
Co-Directed by Alexandre Espigares.
The film is based on Stéphane Halleux's Universe.
Production ZEILT productions
Coproduction WATT frame - Arte
Computing Fox renderfarm
With support of Film Fund Luxembourg - CNC - Région Lorraine