Private Project

Me, Baby and the Alligator

A young couple lives in their old truck with a full sized alligator. When they stop to eat at a roadside cantina in rural Mexico, the Colonel who runs the town takes a threatening interest in the lady, which he comes to regret when he meets the couple’s traveling companion. The form is magic realism. The story is sung and narrated by the young man.

Hand drawn charcoal animation on paper.

  • Jean Faucher
  • Bob Olivier
  • Jean Faucher & Bob Olivier
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 23, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
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    Black & White
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Director Biography - Jean Faucher

From a very early age Jean Faucher has drawn, painted and sculpted his personal vision. His well honed talent was quickly recognized in fields as varied as magazine illustration, cinema décor, commissioned portraits, publicity and graphic design for everything from logos to album covers and festival programs. The mastery and style of his six solo exhibitions are a living part of his community. His biting satirical work has on occasion been very influential in voicing public concerns on social and political issues. Jean now spends the bulk of his time on painting and illustrating personal projects and collaborations, and with his three grandchildren.

Bob Olivier is a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal. He has worked as a singer, writer, actor, composer and record producer. All of the films he has scored have received at least one award, notably ‘An Everest from Within’ NFB (Grand Prix, Fest. D’Antrans, France, Canadian Cable Broadcasters Gold Award Gold Award, Score nominated Gemini Awards, Best Music for a doc.) Arjuna NFB (Prix Fernand Seguin) Earth Keepers NFB (Best Film Rendez Vous Du Cinema Quebecois) L’Isle au Fleurs (Prix du Public, Best First Film, Festival Portneuf).

Bob has performed duos with dancer Marie Chouinard, poetess Hélène Monette and singer Karen Young (all recipients of the Canadian Governor General’s Award). His writing includes a self published novel ‘The Bathtub Madonna’ (‘ …a great example of magic realism… the best book I have read about Montreal’ -Alex Shoumatoff, contributing editor Vanity Fair)

As vocalist he has played the Montreal International Jazz Fest., the Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary jazz festivals, the Victoriaville Musique Actuelle fest. Festival International de La Radio Fm (France).

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Director Statement

If anything, this little film is an example of not knowing what you are doing, but having an idea of how to get there. Following this idea and the magic of discovery marked ‘Me, Baby and the Alligator’ from day one. The soundtrack is for the most part take three of a live recording session and what was originally intended more as a graphic novel became animation as this peculiar technique revealed its possibilities. Magic Realism, like expressionism is a voyage of the soul. Perhaps this voyage is the means and the message. The couple are wanderers that seek freedom, not vengeance in a world beset with deadly traps. They embody the creative anarchy that can only exist with conviction.
- Bob & Jean