Sylvain Chomet's Animated Film 'The Illusionist' First Trailer

June 14, 2010
Source: TheMovieBox

The Illusionist Trailer

A different kind of animation for your cinematic entertainment today. The first full international trailer for The Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet's new film The Illusionist has debuted (via SlashFilm & TheMovieBox). Chomet is an acclaimed French filmmaker with a very distinct and beautiful animation style with whimsical and entertaining stories as well. The Illusionist is, obviously, about an illusionist, the story of a "dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars." But he meets a young fan who changes his life forever. How charming! This actually does look really good, so check it out!

Watch the first international trailer for Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist:

The Illusionist was written and directed by Oscar nominated French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet, of animated short La Bieille Dame et les Pigeons and critically acclaimed 2003 animated film The Triplets of Belleville as well as a segment in Paris Je T'aime. The script was written by Chomet and famed French director Jacques Tati, of classics like The School for Postmen, Mr. Hulot's Holiday, and Playtime. It premiered at the Berlin and Edinburgh Film Festivals earlier this year. Sony Pictures Classics will again be bringing The Illusionist to theaters, but hasn't set a US release date for it yet. Stay tuned, as I expect this to hit theaters in the fall!

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments


I love the 50's Edinburgh bits in it, hopefully I'm going to a talk by Chomet next week, I've heard him before and he's an incredible film maker. I like that his characters are not conventional, like a caricatured realism. Can't wait to see this.

Crapola on Jun 15, 2010


just awesome.

chilin on Jun 15, 2010


Loved The Triplets of Belleville (everybody else seemed to dislike it, eh) when I saw it in school for a 2D Animation class. Can't wait for this lil batch of gold. But I am afraid of how sad it will be. Triplets tugged on my heart strings for sure.

Hedgehog on Jun 15, 2010


Mon Oncle, Mon Père. The truth that Sylvain Chomet shy’s away from for why Jacques Tati wrote and never made The Illusionist. Yes the Illusionist is indeed very sad but you will probably never find out the truth as to why from Sylvain Chomet.

Piotr on Jun 15, 2010


I love this type of animation, I grew up watchng the animated films like this.

Xerxex on Jun 15, 2010


I gotta say, Triplets of Belleville was a little weird, thought still good. But this looks... whimsical is the only way to put it. And I mean that in a good way. Looking forward to it.

Joshua m on Jun 15, 2010


This looks wonderful. Can't wait.

Stephen on Jun 15, 2010


Though the animation is obviously similar to Triplets of Belleville (which I really liked a lot), it also kind of reminds me of the Professor Layton games on NintendoDS (which I think would actually make a great movie as well).

Kevin on Jun 15, 2010


They flashed The Illusionist on the Oscars and I had the same thought--looks like Professor Layton! A very cool game franchise.

Montana on Feb 28, 2011


neat 🙂

DaftPUNKFAN on Jun 16, 2010


the animation is beautiful...a most refreshing change from the crap that is out there now...

blasphemer on Jun 16, 2010


J'attend l'Illusioniste avec impatience. Belleville Rendezvous était genial. Le nouveau film? on éspère, on verra !

dave taylor on Sep 12, 2010


whinny the poo is nothing like this! looks good.

Jhj on Feb 27, 2011


Chomet's films seem "weird" or "strange" exactly to the degree that Disney and Pixar have defined for us what an animated film must be. "Toy Story 3" would seem bizarre if everyone else made films like Chomet's. As for the look, it's not so far from what Disney was doing in the late 60's, right?

Frank on Mar 12, 2011

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