Watch: Spike Jonze's Stop-Motion Animated Short 'To Die By Your Side'
We've featured several short films from director Spike Jonze before like his love story I'm Here, and Scenes from the Suburbs, a collaboration with the band Arcade Fire. Now we have yet another spectacular short film from the filmmaker who brought us such films as Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. Titled Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side), the lovely stop-motion animated short was co-directed with Simon Cahn and is based partly on the work of fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan complete with cut-felt characters that come to life from book covers from the Shakespeare & Company bookshop in Paris.
Whimsical, peculiar and generally charming, this is yet another great notch on Jonze's filmmaking belt and the filmmaker says, "For this one the feeling definitely started with the handmade aesthetic and charm of Olympia’s work. Instantly I had the idea of doing it in a bookstore after-hours, imagining the lights coming down and these guys off their books. Me and Olympia both wanted to make a love story, and it was fun to do it with these characters. It evolved naturally and it all just started with the feeling. From there you entertain yourself with ideas that excite you." I think he's managed to entertain more than himself here. Good stuff?