The painting

The painting

DVD | French
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In this delightful parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barley outlined Sketchies, who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and her best friend Lola journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting where they tumble through the canvas and into the painter's studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters and in a feast for both eyes and the imagination, they explore picture after picture in a quest to discover just what the painter has in mind for his creations.
Branch Call Number: J FIC Paint
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 78 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
laser optical
video file,DVD video,rda
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board rating - Not rated


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Library_Jill Aug 30, 2017

Artistically fun story with a surprisingly clever premise--characters in a painting struggle within a caste system that divides people based on whether the artist full painted them, left them half-done, or only briefly sketched them. When two characters from different castes fall in love, they spark a quest to reach beyond the confines of the painting and search for the artist himself. This would be a fun movie to discuss in a philosophy class, because I think there is actually a lot of complexity to unpack from it, but at the same time, it is enjoyable on a surface level as a cute, colorful, animated adventure.

Jul 01, 2016

Really lovely and intriguing. An interesting story and beautiful to watch.
Much better than I expected from that DVD cover photo.
Probably good for age 12 and up?

Oct 23, 2015

While the artwork is beautiful, the story is a bit lacking, and the characters are one-dimensional.

Jun 23, 2015

Dessin animé simple mais intéressant avec un bon message. Bon pour les enfants et les grands.

May 01, 2014

Amazing film for the creativity of artwork that is reminiscent of Picasso. The colors seem flat, but the animation has a 3D weight to it. There's a dream sequence that recalls Chagall. The music is also wonderful, switching from classical for the castle scenes to something a little wilder with an accordion for a scene during the Venetian carnival. Very enjoyable! The extras include a "making of" that is interesting and several trailers of other animated films that demonstrate the exciting range of talent in the world.

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