Fantasia is one of the biggest alternative film festivals in North America. World films are given a true test of the multi-cultural landscape of Montreal. From France comes a film called Lascars that would make Ralph Bakshi proud with the ghetto laced animation inspired from the master of grungy film. This movie plays like you are in a video game in a microcosm of the slum life. Lascars is reflective of many low end neighborhoods of vastly over populated young individuals from different backgrounds trying to fit in a foreign linguistically challenged country that stares down on outsiders within. Unfortunately the movie is not yet in English, but you will discover the message is a universal one no matter how far one is removed from this cultural divide. Read More>>
Through a series of bite-sized episodes that aired on Canal Plus, French audiences discovered animated universe of LASCARS. This side-splitting caricature of Parisian slum life, with its very adult humour and a local hip hop soundtrack, has met with resounding success on television for eight years. In light of the series’ popularity, the obvious next step for its creators was the transition to the big screen. It turned out to be a worthwhile decision, because LASCARS is one of the most refreshing animated features of the year.