A born storyteller and artist, Michel Ocelot grew up under the sun and long shadows of the Côte d’Azur, and then the Republic of Guinea. Despite studies at the Beaux-Arts d’Angers and the École des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, he is self-taught when it comes to animation. After a televised commission (Gédéon, 1976), the animator perfected his first masterpiece: The Three Inventors (1979), a fairy tale in white lace, made on a shoestring budget. This was the era of little gems, created in 2D with whatever was to hand, such as the shadow theatre of Princes and Princesses (1989–2000). In 1998, his first feature film, the dark and colourful tale of Kirikou and the Witch, wowed audiences with its elegant design, powerful story, and the infectious energy of its little hero, who continued his adventures in 2005 and 2012. The world of Michel Ocelot radiates cultural and technical beauty: from the wondrous medieval Maghreb of Azur and Azmar (2006), reconstituted in computer-generated images; to the attractions of Dilili in Paris (2018), combining drawing and photography.
- Courts métrages : Les 3 inventeurs (1979) - La Légende du Pauvre Bossu (1982) Les 4 Vœux (1987) - La Belle Fille et le Sorcier (1992) - Bergère qui danse (1992) - Le Prince des Joyaux (1992) - Pablo-Paris-Satie (2020)
- Longs métrages : Kirikou et la Sorcière (1998) - Princes et Princesses (2000) - Kirikou et les Bêtes Sauvages (2005) - Azur & Asmar (2006) - Les Contes de la Nuit (2011) - Kirikou et les Hommes et les Femmes (2012) - Ivan Tsarévitch et la Princesse Changeante (2016) - Dilili à Paris (2018)
- Séries : Gédéon (1976) - La Princesse Insensible (1984) - Ciné Si (1989) - Dragons et Princesses (2010)
- Clip musical : Earth Intruders de Björk