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Oscar® Nominee, Best Short Film (Animated), 2007

Madame Tutli-Putli

2007 17 min
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This stop-motion animated film takes viewers on an exhilarating existential journey into the fully imagined, tactile world of Madame Tutli-Putli. As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers. Finding herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure, adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons.

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Madame Tutli-Putli

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This stop-motion animated film takes viewers on an exhilarating existential journey into the fully imagined, tactile world of Madame Tutli-Putli. As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers. Finding herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure, adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons.
  • story
    Chris Lavis
    Maciek Szczerbowski
  • direction
    Chris Lavis
    Maciek Szczerbowski
  • special visual effects
    Jason Walker
  • puppets
    Chris Lavis
    Maciek Szczerbowski
  • sets
    Chris Lavis
    Maciek Szczerbowski
  • animation
    Chris Lavis
    Maciek Szczerbowski
  • choreography
    Laurie Maher
  • digital compositing
    Peter George
  • production assistance
    Kim Billing
    Nikki Woolsey
    Jonathan McCurley
    Eric Goulem
  • costumes
    Lea Carlson
    Laurie Maher
  • character models
    Laurie Maher
    Eric Goulem
    Tao Jiang
    Terry Yasunaka
    Maciek Szczerbowski
    Chris Lavis
  • sound design
    David Bryant
  • foley
    David Bryant
    Olivier Calvert
  • music direction
    Jean-Frédéric Messier
    David Bryant
  • sound editing
    Olivier Calvert
  • assistant sound design
    Gordon Krieger
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • digital imaging consultation
    Susan Gourley
    Pierre Plouffe
  • off-line conform
    Jason Lee
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • technical coordination
    Julie Laperrière
    Richard Lesage
  • marketing
    Hélène Tanguay
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
  • production coordinator
    Elaine Largie
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Marcy Page

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Education

Ages 12 to 17
Can loneliness lead to fear, anxiety and paranoia? Does travel broaden the mind, or can it be destructive? Does the Other represent evil? Is fiction synonymous with reality? How can animation convey emotions as deep as those listed here? This film can serve as the basis for a workshop on building and animating puppets.
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