“Little Vampire” is released in theaters. The opportunity for its creator Joann Sfar to share with us all the technical secrets and cinephile references of his delicious “monster film”, which he made in traditional 2D.
His poetic and gothic Petit Vampire had already totaled two hundred thousand admissions in a week before the theaters closed this fall, and could well continue his successful career this spring. For the occasion, meeting with Joann Sfar, who shares his manufacturing secrets with us.
Little Vampire has long been your paper creature. Why did you want to bring it to the big screen?
I was coming out of Rabbi's Chat, which went well - yes, I go back several years, but it takes a long time to animate! In a way, with this film, I was in my comfort zone as I was speaking to my usual audience. I wouldn't want to make a caricature and say it's a Télérama audience, but let's say an educated family audience where parents take the kids to the movies. And I wanted to grapple with a real children's cartoon, without a parental alibi, and succeed in the kind of animation that I admire as a spectator: the Miyazaki, Disney or Pixar which deal with essential subjects, with emotion. deep, at the level of the young audience. It seemed obvious to me to resume the character of Little Vampire, because the TV series was 20 years old, and with a longer and more dangerous story for the characters.