Both information and images of Ocelot's early series and shorts is surprisingly elusive. Other than Gédéon, which is significant enough to have its own page, this is all the information and media I know of. See the Michel Ocelot videography for video releases of these titles.
Les Trois inventeurs The Three Inventors
Les Filles de l'égalité The Daughters of Equality
La Légende du pauvre bossu The Legend of the Poor Hunchback
Les Quatres vœux du Vilain Vilain's Four Wishes
Les Contes de la nuit Tales of the Night
|A 26-minute TV special, it consists of 3 fairy tales: "La Belle Fille et le sorcier" ("The Beautiful Girl and the Sorcerer"), "Bergère qui danse" ("The Dancing Shepherdess") and "Le Prince des joyaux" ("Prince of the Gems"). According to the Princes et princesses DVD, it was broadcast by CANAL+ in France, ZDF in Germany and Channel 4 in the UK. I don't know whether it was dubbed or subititled, nor what the German and English names were, but I have finally found one still from each of the three stories. All I know is that it was produced at Trans Europe Film, and by Didier Brunner – he mentions it here — who would go on to found Les Armateurs in order to produce, among other things, an Ocelot-directed feature film (that film was, of course, Kirikou et la sorcière). Again going on indirect references, it seems to be a silhouette animation in much the same style as Ciné si and judging from its title, it is likely that Ocelot's current project, Bergères et dragons, will include footage from it.
That "current project" now seems to have morphed into an original television series, with Les Contes being included on the Les Trésors cachés DVD. Judging from the brief extracts linked to below, the characters of Les Contes are somewhat more abstracted and geometric than those of Ciné si, even more akin to those which adorn the pottery of ancient Greece, while animation-wise there is an even greater use of replacements rather than jointed movement, all of which suggest a desire to further disassociate his own work from the dominant style of Lotte Reiniger.
Kirikou et Karaba Kirikou and Karaba
Kirikou découvre les animaux d'Afrique Kirikou Discovers the Animals of Africa
L'Invité aux noces The Wedding Guest
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