La Cavale du Dr Destouches

The twin brothers Gaëtan and Paul Brizzi are French animators, painters and illustrators. They founded their own animation studio, Brizzi Films, and created the 1985 animated feature ‘Astérix Versus Caesar’ (1985) and ‘Babar: The Movie’ (1989). In the 1990s they lent their talent and expertise to the Walt Disney Company, with whom they collaborated on many of their animated films and TV series. As comic artists, they created an adaptation of Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s 'La Cavale du Dr Destouches' (Futuropolis, 2015).

Life and career
They were born in 1951 into an Italian family, and raised in Paris, where they studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs. In 1974, their first short 'ONE' was acclaimed by the critics. They also gained attention with their short 'Fracture', which won the César Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1977. The brothers have since cooperated on many film productions, mainly short film and commercials. They directed the animated film 'Asterix Versus Caesar' ('Astérix et la surprise de César', 1985) for Gaumont Film Company, which was the fourth movie adaptation of the comic series by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. The story combined the plots of two 'Astérix' stories, namely 'Astérix le Gladiateur' ('Astérix the Gladiator') and 'Astérix Legionnaire' ('Astérix the Legionary'). The brothers began their studio Brizzi Films in 1986 and worked on the 'Babar' TV series and the film 'Babar: The Movie' (1989), starring the little elephant created by Jean De Brunhoff. They sold their studio to The Walt Disney Studio in 1989, and subsequently worked as unit producers on several Disney TV shows and films, including 'DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp' (1990) and 'A Goofy Movie' (1995).

The Brizzis moved to Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1990s, where they continued their Disney work on productions like 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (1996), 'Tarzan' (1999) and the 'Firebird Suite' sequence in 'Fantasia 2000' (1999). They left Disney in 2001 and have since worked as storyboard artists on 'Enchanted' (2007), the Tim Burton-produced '9' (2009) and 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' (2014), and also on more personal projects. One of these projects is the comic book 'La Cavale du Dr Destouches' (Futuropolis, 2015), which they made in collaboration with Christophe Malavoy. It was an adaptation of a novel trilogy by the controversial French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961). Céline had gained fame with his provocative novel 'Journey to the End of the Night' in 1932, but had spent World War II openly supporting the Nazis and anti-semitism. He fled through Germany with other members from the French Vichy regime near the end of the war, and spent a year and a half in prison in Denmark. He chronicled his experiences in the novels 'Castle to Castle' (1957), 'North' (1960) and 'Rigadoon' (1969), which form the basis for the comic book of the Brizzi brothers. They also work closely together on Fine Arts projects which vary from oil on canvas to graphites, sculptures and watercolors, and which they have exhibited in Paris and Los Angeles.

La Cavale du Dr Destouches

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