In 2003, French artist Moebius made a series of cartoon shorts based on his character Arzach. Arzach is the famous pterodactyl rider who was a fixture in Metal Hurlant and Heavy Metal. Here are the first five, uploaded to YouTube by Oz Flashman with English subtitles.
The animation isn’t super-sophisticated, and is likely employing some vector technology to cut corners. But it’s all clearly based on Moebius’ original drawings, which were often quite simple (sometimes they were, sometimes they weren’t). The narration and dialogue breaks with Moebius‘ execution in the originals, which were wordless. But there’s something to be said for getting a clear explanation of this world we’ve been looking at for decades.
The credit line at the beginning says “Written, drawn and directed by Moebius.” He might not have presided over every frame (although he might), but this is an officially sanctioned adaptation, one that pleased him enough to release.
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