Michel Ocelot’s work is strongly linked to childhood. The image was engraved with a hot iron on his forehead, according to the author, who nevertheless says he has never made "films for children".
The place his film Kirikou and the Sorceress holds in animation history, and the devotion evoked by his hero – a child as small as he is ingenious – are certainly not out of place here.
The exhibition questions the way in which childhood, in particular through the choice of using storytelling and the art of animation, serves as a veil for Michel Ocelot through which he addresses both young and adult audiences. The art of animation, like storytelling, enables the author to address social issues.
Through a selection of works taken mainly from his personal archives, this first major exhibition dedicated to Michel Ocelot highlights the diverse sources of artistic inspiration this magician of the imagination uses.
Open from 14th June to 11th October at the Musée-Château d'Annecy.