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Duku Spacemarines

An incredible adventure of underground fights, angry hackers and alien invasions.

0 – 5 | 2013 | Adventure | Apocalypse | France | Mixed Media

La Mécanique du Plastique  is a French creative collective founded in 2011. Thanks to the combination of the very different skills and experiences of its members, this group of animators and illustrators creates  some of the most interesting animated shorts around, combining stop motion, 2D and 3D computer graphics, live action and more.

Duku Spacemarines is the best showcase of their work. The short is a sort of metanarrative that plays with the clichés of action movies and hollywood blockbusters.

A narrator guides us into a story that at times becomes delirious, thanks to him being unsure about how to develop it. At first we find ourselves in the house of a Chinese hacker, who then becomes a Czech soldier, and then we suddenly see a clandestine fight, similar to those shown in Snatch. From there we’ll move on to an hospital, only to end up in a supermarket, when suddenly, an alien invasion and a giant meteor will bring destruction and chaos. The narrative proceeds in spurts, alternating digressions and sudden changes of direction, the animation styles change along with it. From an initial, almost child-like sequence drawn in MS Paint, various techniques will evolve leading up to a rendering that recreates perfectly the great explosions of superhero movies.

This short film has been presented at many international festivals, such as Clermont -Ferrand and Annecy, and has won many awards, including the Prix Ars Electronica 2013. An original and fun exercise in style that plays around with the usual tropes of action cinema and exhibits the great talent of the young french directors, while spacing among the most diverse animation techniques.

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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