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Directed by Franck Dion, Mister COC is a short animation film that manages to be a strong political satire and at the same time be comedic and entertaining. Mister COK is the owner of a large bomb factory. Looking for efficiency and profit, he decides to replace his workers by sophisticated robots. The formers stare helplessly at the toil of the robotic labourers. But one of the workers does not accept being discarded so easily. A strong film about an industrialist whose capitalist ways soon come back to haunt him.

Mister COK’s production lasted a whole year, during which Franck Dion created the drawings, the sets and sculptures that the movie needed. Technically, the film uses the conventions of paper cut-out, with numerical 20 graphics and puppets photographs. Miniatures, built with the help of Zoe Goetgheluck, were used for many sets, while compositing and additional animations were done in Paris.

Mister COK is a tale of modern times, showing us the deeds of a grotesque and placid monster. His childish gibberish and his melancolic smile do not match the shear violence of his acts. A violence made more terrifying by the fact that nobody seems really to care, except a distasteful, shouting, violent character with a red scarf.

This story softly mocks this fools gold, the way public opinions sometimes give their admiration to thieves and robbers, just because their success is what the public is dreaming about. Any resemblance with existing people is not accidental in any way.

The work of Franck Dion, spans many artistic domains. He’s a renowned illustration painter, working with many book editors and press groups, he designs theatre sets and makes animations for documentary films. In 2003, he has directed The Phantom Inventory, his first film, which earned the Canal J Junior price in the Annecy Festival, a special mention in the Ottawa Animation festival and was nominated for the Cartoon d’or.

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