It started with two hapless shoplifters and then an angry miniature golfer. Then there was a monster under the bed, a disorganised mountain rescue mission and, most recently, an angry doughnut on a tirade against an innocent IT office worker. The stories that animation collective MegaComputeur have told over the years have explored a surprisingly varied and unrelated selection of topics, but they do have one thing in common – they are stupidly funny.
Adopting the shiny, cartoonish aesthetic of big-budget animation films, MegaComputeur’s CGI films lure viewers in with bright colours, slick transitions and ludicrous situations. But they have an edge to them. “We like the fact that CGI traditionally is more for kids, because of studios like Pixar and Dreamworks,” says Camille Jalabert, one-third of MegaComputeur. “We like to change the direction and play with the rules and codes of these types of films to make films for adults, with blood or violence and stuff like that.”
The collective, made up of Corentin Yvergniaux, Oscar Malet and Jalabert, met at Supinfocom (now MOPA), an animation school in Arles, France. They did two internships while studying: one at Paris-based studio Wizz, where they created Deuspi, a 90-second short about two bumbling robbers, and the other at London-based production company Passion Pictures, where they created Play Off, which captures the competitive nature of crazy golf. Passion fell in love with their style, so as soon as the students graduated in 2017, they signed MegaComputeur straightaway and have been helping them develop ever since.