Jean-François Laguionie

France , 2004 / 85 min / French OV / adventure, animation

Part of the Jean-François Laguionie retrospective / In collaboration with the Institut français du Luxembourg

On the look for a famous pirate’s treasure island, the Kid, sets out on a journey that will lead him to discover friendship, love, the sea and above all life.

On the coasts of Cornwall in 1803, the Kid, a 15-year-old lad, manages to escape from the orphanage in which he lives. He doesn’t know his real name and his only possession is a map leading to the treasure island of Black Mor, a famous pirate he looks up to. With two wreck looters at his side, Mac Gregor and Beanpole, the Kid navigates to the far reaches of the Atlantic Ocean looking for his treasure island. However, real quests for treasure are nothing like the pirate novels the trio knows and loves. The voyage quickly becomes a journey of self-discovery with many adventures awaiting the Kid before he gets to the island of legend.

The richly animated story from pre-eminent French director Laguionie has been compared to Totoro meets Tintin, and is reminiscent of the Triplets of Belleville.

« A modest but solidly constructed toon cousin to Pirates of the Caribbean and Master and Commander, […] sports a nice ratio of problems to problem-solving and boasts a surprise subplot that will entertain girls as well as boys.” Lisa Nesselson, Variety, 05/03/2004

  • Adult’s Jury Award – Certificate of Merit as Animated Feature Film or Video, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2004 (USA)
Cast & Credits
Taric Mehani, Agathe Schumacher, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Jean-François Derec,Yanecko Romba, Michel Robin, Frédéric Cerdal
Jean-François Laguionie, Anik Le Ray
Christine Webster, Jonathan Liebling, William Flageollet
Richard Mithouard, Jean Palenstjin
Christophe Héral
Dargaud Marina
Mediatoon Distribution

Born in 1939 in Besançon, France, Jean-François Laguionie studied applied arts before Paul Grimault initiated him to animation. He then started making his own first shorts. In 1978, he received the Palme d’Or for the Best Short Film in Cannes for Rowing Across the Atlantic. Afterwards he started to direct feature-length films with Gwen, the Book of Sand (1985), before working on A Monkey’s Tale (1999), a much more ambitious and mainstream film than his previous ones. In 2004 he adapts his own novel Black Mor’s Island, followed by Louise by the Shore which is released in 2016. The Prince’s Voyage (2019) is his sixth feature film and is set in the same world as A Monkey’s Tale.

  • 2019 – Le Voyage du prince
  • 2016 – Louise en hiver
  • 2011 – Le Tableau
  • 2004 – L’Île de Black Mor
  • 1999 – Le Château des singes
  • 1985 – Gwen, le livre de Sable
  • 1978 – La Traversée de l’Atlantique à la rame (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1976 – Le Masque du diable (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1975 – L’Acteur (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1974 – Potr’ et la fille des eaux (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1972 – Hélène ou le malentendu (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1971 – Plage privée (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1969 – Une Bombe par hasard (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1967 – L’Arche de Noé (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1965 – La Demoiselle et le violoncelliste (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)