409. Chromophobia – Raoul Servais

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SUMMARY: An invading army destroys all the colour in a town but the arrival of a jester may turn things around.

WHY IT’S HERE: Belgian animator Raoul Servais’s anti-militarist fable about an army of monochrome soldiers who set about erasing all the colour in a formerly happy land is an unsubtle but effective attack on conformity and enforced viewpoints. The use of the juxtaposition between colour and black and white is fantastic, with the switching between the two and the associated emotions carrying the viewer on a back-and-forth emotional ride. Although it has a serious message, ‘Chromophobia’ is also largely presented in a humorous way, with the character designs, animation and plot all keeping things agreeably light.

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