L'Homme qui plantait des arbres (The Man Who Planted Trees)

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Academy Award-winning animator Frédéric Back adapts acclaimed author Jean Giono's inspirational tale of the difference a single determined person can make in the world when they put their mind and body to the task. A solitary shepherd selflessly determines to transform his barren surroundings into a thriving oasis against all odds and for the betterment of future generations. As each day passes and the tireless shepherd sows his seeds and acorns across the land, his sparse surroundings are eventually transformed into a lush and thriving forest. With the beauty of the newly green landscape offering a calming contrast to the two world wars that raged through the years, the shepherd's remarkable feat offers a look at both the awe inspiring power of nature and the shining hope that can emerge from the most unlikely of places. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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A simple story told really well. I’ve seen this style of animation but not in such an extended form. The form is based in colored pencil. Each scene blend into the next the color pallet of the background changes with the scene. Only critical factor are brought out with any degree of simple beautiful clarity. I have only watched disc one and only plan to watch that one I can see how the stories could become preachy except the first one is not. The period of the story is 5 years prior to WWI through just after WWII. The point of access is a young man who lost in the desolation stumbles across the planting man. The story is about a quiet man who has lost his daughter and subsequently his wife to the ravages of desolate lands cleared of trees to fuel France’s need for fire wood. He anonymously goes about his 31 year planting of trees to help himself and the land recover.

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