Michel Gondry Toasts The New Year With His Own Itchy & Scratchy-Style Cartoon
After 2011's critically scorned flop The Green Hornet, Michel Gondry needed a strong follow-up. Thankfully, the intimate teen drama The We and the I won critical praise upon its debut at 2012's Cannes Film Festival and all along the festival tour that followed. Though the film hasn't yet secured a U.S. release date, it is possible Stateside Gondry enthusiasts could see it as early as this year. But that's not all!
The filmmaker recently wrapped on Mood Indigo, a fantastical drama that stars such French luminaries as Audrey Tautou (Amelie), Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Gad Elmaleh (Priceless), and Romain Duris (Hearbreaker). This movie is slated to open in France on April 24th, and a U.S. release will likely follow later this year. So with so much too look forward to from Gondry, fans can toast 2013 by checking out his recently released animated short, "Haircut Mouse." Posted on Vimeo (via The Playlist), this cartoon's posted caption reads: "Michel Gondry wishes you a happy new year !" So, enjoy!
This bizarre cat and mouse cartoon has shades of The Simpsons' "Itchy & Scratchy" vignettes with its wild plotline and gruesome violence. But with elements like a cat who can't sleep because of his cat wife's wig and fishy breath, it's still distinctly Gondry.
The unconventional auteur also makes two cameos in the short. First, he is the man in mouse suit perilously posed beneath a large gun at its beginning. Second, he appears in an animated form in its credits, where it's revealed Gondry—credited only as Michel—played the drums alongside French musician Loane, who played keyboards, for the "Haircut Mouse" soundtrack.
Happy New Year to us all!
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