The animated feature The Painting flew under the radar until a copy of the Blu-ray landed on at my door, and I’m so glad it did! It’s a wonderful tale of the characters in an unfinished painting trying to live with each other once their painter has vanished. After the finished characters take over and start to shun the “halfies” and the “sketchies”, a few characters embark on a journey outside their painted world to try to find the painter so he can finish everyone.
The journey reveals a look in to the painter and his history – how he felt when he was painting each separate canvas and unspools a mystery of what may have happened to him. While the focal point is a forbidden love story between an Alldunn and an Halfie, the true star of this feature is the beautiful animation throughout. It’s unlike any other animation style, where you are literally watching a painting, a beautifully abstract depiction of humanity come to life.
As for the special features, it includes the original French audio track with English subtitles, perfect for you francophiles. The Concept Art Slideshow and Making Of Featurette provided beautiful insight into the production that went in to creating this unique look, and it all shines brightly in gorgeous high-definition on the Blu-ray.
The Painting Official Synopsis:
In this wry parable, a kingdom is divided into the three castes: the impeccably painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. Chastised for her forbidden love for an Alldunn and shamed by her unadorned face, Halfie Claire runs away into the forest. Her beloved Ramo and best friend Lola journey after her, passing between the forbidden Death Flowers that guard the boundaries of the forest and arriving finally at the very edge of the painting where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own animated world and in a feast for both the eyes and imagination, they explore first one picture and then another, attempting to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations.
- Making Of Featurette
- Concept Art Slideshow
- Original French Audio Track with English Subtitles
- U.S. Trailer