Angoulême: from Kirikou to Oggy, Magelis celebrates 25 years of creation this Saturday

Kirikou, Oggy and the cockroaches, Barbapapa, Titeuf, Yakari, Tchoupi, Ernest and Rebecca… 200 series and films made – at least in part – here, for 25 years, displayed in the large corridor of the Magelis cellars. “That is precisely the goal. That people say to themselves: “Ah, it’s done in Angoulême, it’s crazy! »confirms Marion Martinot. I thought I had seen everything, but I rediscovered feature films. »

She and David Beauvallet, from the communication department of Magelis, rewound a quarter of a century of creations, solicited the studios then entrusted the staging to the local company Fish and Geek. Six months of painstaking work to give birth to this gallery. Real family portraits.

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Family portraits

” It’s impressive “breathes Philippe Segard, administrative manager of the day studio (Grizzy and the lemmings) from Angoulême. He came down from Paris ten years ago to set up a branch here, “but I didn’t know everything that had been created before”. “I’m going to have to catch up, I’m not ready”, laughs Julie Roy, 3D animator at Hari. She shouts almost in front of every poster: “Kiriku! I only discovered last year that it was made in Angoulême. The film marked me. »

The exhibition also reflects the exponential growth of the sector, light years from the beginning of the 2000s – the first Kirikou was released in 1998. When there were only a few large studios “and we said we were going to Angoulême to produce cheaply”, remembers Alexandre Bretheau. He left the Paris region four years ago and landed at Blue Spirit, before setting up his own studio a few months ago. “There is clearly a qualitative evolution. »

His 8-year-old son Matisse freezes in front of a funny doggie with a huge nose. “It’s Pat the dog”, he slips. It was produced by Superprod. The child’s gaze shines with pride: Mom told me she worked on it. »

Tales, tattoos, local authors, Mario Kart contest from 4 p.m.

A day (and evening) to celebrate the richness of the image industry in Angoulême. It’s the 4e edition of Magelis en fête, this Saturday, from 4 p.m., in the cellars of the same name on the banks of the Charente. A full program free for all audiences and especially families. Children will be able to draw their favorite heroes on a fresco installed next to the Heroes of Magelis exhibition, with the designer Tristoon. Several workshops are offered: print your mask in screen printing, sculpt sea animals, make a “flipbook” (little book that comes alive by scrolling the pages) or even try your hand at dubbing on the series. Toto’s Jokes. There will also be (fake) tattoos, a musical tale, a Mario Kart competition, a village of local creators and authors… And in the evening, the DJ collective l’Enfant Sauvage will turn on its turntables. On the catering side, several food-trucks will be parked in the cellars.

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