RIGHT WING TALENT GOES WEST 1: CELINE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

In the late 1920s, driven by poverty and cussedness, Louis-Ferdinand Celine returns to the United States, this time to this California he’s heard so much about. After assorted misadventures, he’s hired on as a serial writer by the owner of an ambitious young animation studio. The boss is a real bastard but at least they agree on a few matters, mostly about how they don’t like the Jews. Walt likes family stories, which aren’t Celine‘s normal metier, but he can draw from his experience as a child in a lumpen-bourgeois shopkeeper family in Paris- he sees plenty of businesses of the sort in America. The types on display in these establishments are all the same as they are back home: the deluded paterfamilias, the dirty, shouting children, the pathetic patrons and hangers-on… all ripe for humor! Celine quickly sketches them out, and with a little smoothing of the edges, they meet the boss’s approval as the basis of a series of animated shorts. As for what business in particular to depict, Celine goes with the most American kind of enterprise, and with the most American name, he can think of: Bob’s Burgers.

RIGHT WING TALENT GOES WEST 1: CELINE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

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