Interviewed French animator Jean-Christophe Dessaint while he was visiting NYC for the premiere of his film “The Day of the Crows" at the 2013 Rendez-vous with French Cinema.
Even though Mr. Dessaint said that he wasn’t particularly inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s animation, since part of the story takes place in a forest, you will find some elements reminiscent of “Totoro” and “Princess Mononoke.”
The film is surprisingly hand drawn which stands out in recent animation. And the story deals with the afterlife which also isn’t talked about in animation so often. In many ways, this film is challenging.
The voice cast includes Well-known actors such as Jean Reno, Lorànt Deutsch, Isabelle Carré, and the late director Claude Chabrol.