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Cardel Entertainment and Joseph Wallace reunite for Edgar Wright Sundance documentary, The Sparks Brothers
19 Aug 2021 : News Desk
The Sparks Brothers
Animation Director Joseph Wallace has partnered up with Ireland’s Cardel Entertainment to create an animated sequences for The Sparks Brothers - a new feature documentary film by director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver).

The film follows five decades of the iconic American pop-rock band Sparks and the founding brothers Ron and Russell Mael, drawing on archive, animation, and interviews to bring their story to life. The film is produced by Wright’s new company Complete Fiction and Media Rights Capital, and made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Wallace directed the award-winning music video for Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me), produced by Cardel, from Sparks’ 2017 album Hippopotamus. The video had a lengthy festival run as well as having extracts played on Newsnight, the One Show and VICE News. It was later named one of the ten best British animated music videos of all time by the Anim18 organisation.

“It’s not every day you get to work with one of your favourite bands and one of your favourite directors at the same time,” said animation director Joseph Wallace. “It was an absolute blast bringing together so many brilliant artists and animators to capture moments from the history of Sparks.”

Wallace and his team created various sequences for Wright’s debut documentary, which illustrates the life and times of the band in various different animation techniques including puppets, cut out, and clay. Stand out sequences feature the voice of Simon Pegg, whilst another accompanies writer Neil Gaiman talking about their classic album artwork.

The stop motion sequences were produced by Cardel who have produced various projects with Joseph Wallace and are currently developing a feature animation together. 

Cardel is co-founded by brother and sister duo Carla & Delwyn Mooney. Together they pulled a team together featuring some of the brightest names in stop motion including animators Quentin Haberham (Isle of Dogs), Sam Gainsborough (Facing It), Anita Bruvere (Home), Timon Dowdeswell (Frankenweenie), Martyna Koleniec (Kejnu – ‘Photons’), and DOP Jon Davey (Radiohead – ‘Burn the Witch’). The film also features 2D animation by BAFTA-winning animator and illustrator Greg McLeod, one half of The Brothers McLeod.

Wallace is currently in production on his latest short film Salvation Has No Name, a stop motion tale about the refugee crisis featuring the voices of Itziar Ituño and Yasmine Al Massri.

The Sparks Brothers is now on release in Ireland in the Irish Film Institute, Queens Film Theatre, Light House Cinema, Palas, and Stella.

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