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Wes Anderson Directs Gorgeous Animated Music Video For ‘The French Dispatch’
By Mikelle Leow, 23 Sep 2021
Video screenshot via The French Dispatch
The global release of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch has been a long time coming, and fans have been left high and dry over a year after its expected premiere date. The long wait, it turns out, has been a blessing in disguise.
Although the upcoming film will be in a live-action format, the past year has seen Anderson dabble in various art styles to promote The French Dispatch.
Recently, audiences were introduced to the movie’s star-studded cast through elaborate photo collages, but the latest promotional campaign returns to the New Yorker magazine cover-style art displayed in early posters from last year—and introduces animation to the mix.
The beautiful animated music video for Aline, illustrated by Javi Aznarez and directed by Anderson himself, whisks viewers into the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé and shares a sliver of the storyline.
Singer Jarvis Cocker covers the 1965 Christophe classic in the music video, which also serves as a teaser for Cocker’s companion album entitled Chansons d-Ennui Tip-Top.
The retro illustration style is telling of the plot’s timeline and focus. Said to have taken “loose” inspiration from life inside The New Yorker office, The French Dispatch is about French foreign bureau members in a 20th-century Kansas editorial office scurrying to complete its final issue.
The much-anticipated film will arrive in select theaters on October 22, before reaching everywhere on November 5.
[via ScreenCrush and No Film School, video and cover image via Searchlight Pictures]
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