Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This Christmas season, fans of animated films will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience as “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants” finally flies in from France to local theaters.

In a peaceful forest, the remains of a picnic trigger a ruthless war between rival ant colonies, obsessed with gaining control of a newly found treasure: a box of sugar cubes. Amidst this struggle, a young ladybug befriends a black ant and helps him save his people from the horrible red ants.

Thomas Szabo, produced a short film 7 years ago that featured a frenetic chase scene between an annoying ladybug and a herd of touchy and sensitive flies. The originality of the program: the subtle mix of live footage and CGI animated insects — the burlesque and offbeat humor, the absence of any dialogue and the quirky sound effects intrigued Philippe Delarue, the producer of Futurikon Films, who was seduced from the beginning by this visual and audio masterpiece. And thus, Minuscule was born...

From the animated shorts, to the TV series, and then to the full-length film, the challenge was truly larger-than-life. The producers had to imagine a story, construct a narration, inspire it with an epic dimension, a grand show, an adventure — a “Lord of the Rings” from the perspective of insects. Featuring the adventures of a curious ladybug and a host of other tiny creatures, “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants” will be shown this December in stereoscopic 3D and 2D cinemas nationwide.

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