Moviegoers who went to see DreamWorks’ hit Catch Me If You Can were treated to more than the pairing of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Set in the late ’60s/ early ’70s the picture begins with a retro-style animated cat and mouse sequence that plays out under the opening credits and sets up the tone and premise of the film.
Set to an original track by composer John Williams, the sequence is the work of animators at Shoreditch, London-based Nexus Prods, who blended stamp animation with cutting edge technology to achieve a distinctive, nostalgic look. Nexus also produced international versions specifically for the French, Spanish and Italian markets.
Animation designers Florence Deygas and Olivier Kuntzel have directed some of France’s highest-profile animated films, including Stylish Girl and Sacre Francais.
Owned and operated by producers Chris O’Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso, Nexus Prods. produces 2D, 3D, Flash, live-action and puppet animation for television, commercials, music videos and film.