Directed by FANTÔMES / Production: La Blogothèque / Animation: Rodolphe Jouxtel / Additional illustrations: Audrey Jouve
I wrote the music to All Aboard with my friend Malik Ziad and I remember at the time as we were playing around with the riff instrumentally, this phrase popped into my mind to sing as a kind of call and answer refrain, “all aboard, all aboard”.
In the end, the lyrics and narrative just flowed out of those initial two words.
To develop the story, I imagined a bunch of survivors after an environmental collapse getting on board a makeshift boat to sail to the poles, the poles being the last place cool enough to live on. I imagined a modern day ark, with animals and plants, carrying precious seed and cargo to survive and start a new life. But I also wrote the song as a kind of parody, to highlight the absurdity of humanity’s inaction in the face of impending catastrophe. We’d rather let our home and planet and our very own paradise burn in front of us instead of just getting on board a green new narrative and all aboard a way to avoid that apocalyptic scenario.
With a modern day ecological take on Noah and the ark, the narrative and lyrics gave the song a lot of potential visually and I always figured it could be an exciting song to animate.
With La Blogotheque guiding the the production, Hugo and Rodolphe Jouxtel did a great job and I’m happy I was also able to guide them in the interpretation of the story.
There’s a 70’s French science fiction cartoon feel to their animation that brings me back to my childhood with references to artists like Moebius, Enki Bilal or Philippe Druillet. The beautiful and evocative landscapes were drawn by Audrey Jouve.