If you have never seen a Jacques Tati film, it would be a good idea to rent one of the six films he wrote, directed and starred in, and appreciate his understated comic genius before diving into Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist“.
Here’s a short interview with Sylvain Chomet after the premiere at the Berlinale Film Festival on February 16th..
There are more clips from the film in this Russian teaser.
The art direction in this film is stunning. It started off in the care of Evgeni Tomov, who worked on early concepts, but the production art direction that you see in the final film is by Bjarne Hansen. You’ll find his credit on this IMDB page.