Peau d'âne [Donkey Skin] (1974)
When the Queen dies she makes her husband King promise to remarry only to one who surpasses her in looks, after searching far and wide the King is convinced their daughter is the only one he can marry. The Princess was willing but her fairy godmother insists it is taboo so the Princess asks for 3 impossible dresses made to her as a condition. When the King presents her with the dresses she asks for the skin of the kingdoms magic donkey and then runs away in the night to live a poor life in the forest. There a Prince happens to spy her and throws a tantrum until he can conduct a test to find his bride: by marrying the maiden who can fit a delicately small ring, fit only for a Princess.
|Original Film Poster|
Donkey Skin was shot on 35 mm film, in mono sound, in colour.
The film utilizes animation film techniques in order to portray a fantastical world. Including live actors performing the roles of statues; castle denizens themselves (and their animals) being the colour of the royalty they belong to; slow motion, reverse motion, stop/start motion, double exposures, and dresses made of reflective fabric so images could be projected unto it.
|A Fairy Tale Collection|
I came across the tale of Donkey Skin through the tale of "Color Master" by Aimee Bender, printed in the collection of stories "My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me". The story centers around dye-creators who the King from Donkey Skin asked to make the impossible dresses: the colour of the moon, the sun, and the sky. When reading the story about colours and the fantastical dresses they created I wanted to make an animation myself, one that conveyed the impossible imagery of the these dresses that were the reflection of nature itself. It was from this I discovererf the French film created in 1974 and I was beyond curious to see how they would weave these dresses of wonder. What techniques would they use?
Effects in the movie
|00:21:29 A Dress that Reflects Light (the sky)|
|01:14:10 Colour Scheme|
|01:05:35 Double Exposure (daydreaming)|
|01:05:25 Double Exposure (daydreaming)|
|00:45:30 Double Exposure (talking to flowers)|
|00:42:55 Colour Scheme (dyed horses enhances)|
|00:38:53 Overlapping (magic mirror)|
|00:37:56 Double Exposure (multiple transformations)|
|00:34:35 Slow Motion|
|00:32:14 Slow Motion|
|00:31:54 Pause Motion|
|00:26:19 Sun Dress (mirrors)|
|00:35:04 Freeze Frame except for Donkey Skin moving in Slow Motion|
|00:01:43 Stop Motion|
|00:26:06 Double Exposure (Fairy Godmother warning)|
|00:24:11 Moon Dress (mirrors)|
|00:06:01 Living Statue|
|00:05:35 Colour Scheme|