This is not your traditional animated feature. This feature takes the works of Vincent van Gogh and brings them to life in the most imaginative way to tell the story of van Gogh’s death and how he died of a gunshot wound.
I encourage you to watch the “about the movie” section on the production’s website here: The Movie. That website gives great behind the scenes details on the voice actors, the 100 artists employed to actually PAINT this stop motion movie. It took 125 painters 6 years to paint the necessary 65,000 frames for this film.
Although the movie was visually stunning, it somewhat hurt my eyes to watch it. I think I will rewatch it at some point later to maybe appreciate it better. The story is a little slow in the telling. If you are an artist, I would recommend the watching of this movie.
IMDB Synopsis: In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
Additional Movie Info:
It received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 84% Fresh. It received a Rotten Tomato audience rating of 86% liking it. Average Rating: 4.2/5 with a number of User Ratings: 7,056.
Specs: Release date: 22 September 2017 (USA) / Runtime: 94 minutes / Budget: $6.9M
- The world’s first fully painted animation feature.
- Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 100 painters
- During a masterclass at Klik Amsterdam Animation Festival, directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman revealed that a viewer looking closely can see a fly stuck in the paint in one frame.
- The film was animated with rotoscope. It was filmed in live action with real actors, then each frame was painted and animated. In the end credits, the cast and sets are shown before painting.
- “What am I in the eyes of most people – a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person – somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then – even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. “