The Academy Award for best animated short film last night went to "Mr Hublot," which is available free on YouTube. (Direct link to video)
Mr HUBLOT ArtBook (the art of Mr Hublot) from MrHublot on Vimeo.
The film is about "a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet's arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion."
The production took three years, a lot of which was spent in planning the world that surrounds Mr Hublot's little apartment. The entire city has a mechanical, steam-driven flavor, as if it's made of old toasters and adding machines.
It was created in 3D digital, but the look was inspired by the physical sculptures of Stéphane Halleux. Filmmaker Laurent Witz says: "We had to find the balance between the coldness of the industrial world and the warmth of stone, leather, and the Haussmann architecture."
See more preproduction art at Cartoon Brew
All images in this post are copyright ZEILT Productions and Stéphane Halleux