After the success of the animated TV show « Minuscule – La vie privée des insects », directors Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud create the new animation feature of Futurikon, Minuscule – La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues. In DVD and Blu-ray on August 26th, 2014.
Two rivals gangs of ants fight endlessy to take possession of a sugar box located in the middle of the forest. During this confrontation, the kind ladybird meets Mandibule, the persevering black ant, and join him. The ladybird asks Mandibule to help her save her endangered people.
Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud trace the epic journey of the main character, the friendship between Mandibule and the ladybird, the confrontation between the black ants and red ants. Like Minuscule – La vie privée des insectes, the characters speak intelligibly but communicate through smell. They bring a humorous touch to this movie. The short sequences are built like haikus and accompanied by sound effects and design. This movie is filled with specials effects and digital retouching (smoke, water, dust, explosions…). They are omnipresent and successfully done. The two directors use the same visual effects than in the TV show, such as real shootings, synthetic images for insects, using long focal length. As some sites are inaccessible, Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud are confronted with some technical difficulties and they had to shoot in National Parks in the South of France. The animation feature highlights sublime sets such as the mountains of Ecrins and Mercantour National Parks, meadows, watercourses and rocks. Other sets echo environmental issues such as a rusted can, a matchbox, a Butor pesticide and cotton buds in coastal waters. We discover the beautiful music of Hervé Lavandier, performed by soloists. Minuscule – La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues is distributed internationally, in more than thirty countries.
Minuscule – La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues, the silent and full of twists animation feature reminds me of the movie « Modern Times » of Charlie Chaplin in 1936. This movie makes us discover the language of insects through their lifestyle. Mandibule refers to the character Tilt in 1001 pattes. Minuscule – La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues pass on to his legacy of outrage and commitment as a message for nature protection awareness.