France is the number one European producer of animation, and third on the world stage. French artists and companies have long been able to export their know-how, as well as their aesthetic and cultural vision, through feature films, television series, shorts and advertisements. Gobelins L’Ecole de L’Image (School Of Visual Communication ) is a Parisian school dedicated to the visual arts. It is best known for the Cinéma Department of Animation.
Oktapodi is a 3D animated short film created by Gobelins School’ students Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier and Emud Nokhberi at the end of a 3 years character animation course. The 3D animated short film tells the story of two octopuses and their comical escape from the grasps of a stubborn and determined restaurant cook. To escape the clutches of a skilled cook, two octopuses engage in a burlesque race. Yet despite they successfully escape their fatal destiny, their struggle to stay together does not seem to get to an end.