Madame Tutli-Putli (2007)
Madame Tutli-Putli is a 17-minute stop-motion animated short film about a woman taking a train journey. We don’t know where she’s going or why, but she has a fantastical and often terrifying ride, encountering all types of outlandish and menacing characters along the way. The film has a truly hallucinatory quality. We don’t know whether to take Madame Tutli-Putli’s experiences as real or a product of her feverish mind, perhaps her darkest nightmares. Even the train seems to be from another world, a steampunk mass of hurtling metal with a propeller on the front. Surreal and dark visions punctuate the whole journey – chess-playing stowaways, mud-covered monsters intent on robbing everyone, people hanging limply from the electrical cables overhead.
This film took four years to make, showing what dedication, hard work and patience can achieve. The film uses ground-breaking techniques to add realism to the characters. Madame Tutli-Putli’s eyes look so expressive and human because they are – footage of human eyes was merged onto the stop-motion puppet and the effect is astounding. This film is an incredible experience, a hugely immersive visual treat, and a magnificent accomplishment.