Burquette, episode 15! I inbetweened this one too, and did all the backgrounds and colour schemes as usual.
Alberte’s mother explains how she eventually grew tired of Alberte’s father, and was planning to make money and take Alberte with her then. But she had no luck finding a job at the time. “That’s how I ended here,” she says. She then adds that later she went back to court, but wasn’t allowed to take Alberte with her.
So Alberte’s mother explains how she and Alberte’s father met, while studying Social Sciences in university. They’d help each other with their thesis (she also adds that her thesis was about the structuralist approach of Hungarian feminists in the 19th century). Then she says that was just about when Alberte’s dad became obsessed about becoming an intellectual, that he’d always want to go further into Marxism, Existentialism, Feminism, and that his Erotism would suffer from that.
When Alberte was born, Alberte’s dad didn’t consult with her mom about how to name the baby. He named her in honour of Albert Camus.
Burquette, thirteenth episode! I did all backgrounds (except the 3D highway signs shot, although I did retouch the colours on it), all cars and I created and animated a couple of characters in the background. I like this episode.
So Alberte and Punkette hitchhike from Quebec City to Montreal. Once they get off the car, Punkette says “Have a good evening! Thanks for not assaulting us!” Then she turns to Alberte and says she’ll be going back home. Alberte is startled and asks why. Punkette replies “My mom allows me to run away, but not more than eight hours straight!” and she leaves.
Alberte then starts looking for her mother. When she finds her, her mother asks if Alberte is back from a trip to Afghanistan. She then realizes that it’s Alberte’s father’s plan again, and finally says: “As if I weren’t already feeling guilty enough.”
Burquette, episode 12! I did (again) all of the backgrounds and colour schemes. I especially had fun doing the night atmosphere for this series… you’ll see more of this later.
Alberte and her dad are watching a news report about female genital mutilation, saying that it is still frequent in some parts of Africa. Alberte runs in fear, her dad says “What? I didn’t say anything.”
Alberte shows up at Punkette’s place, who is super enthusiastic that Alberte is running away. She packs her things and says, “Mom! I’m running away!” to which Punkette’s mom replies, “Okay! Be careful my dear!”
They are hoping to hitchhike. Alberte asks why Punkette is running away too. Punkette says: “It’ll look good on my resumé!” Punkette asks Alberte why she’s still wearing her burqa. She replies that she didn’t have time to get prepped up and put make-up on.
Burquette, episode 11. As usual, backgrounds and colours are by me, but I also did some little animation corrections here and there.
Alberte and Kader head to Alberte’s home. She says it will never work, Kader is more enthusiastic about the idea. He greets her dad and says he has come to officially ask for Alberte’s hand, and that she will become his fourth wife. Alberte’s dad isn’t impressed at first, but then he says, “Aren’t you a bit young to get married?” to which Kader answers, “Here, yes, but that’s why we’re leaving for Saudi Arabia next week!” Alberte’s dad faints. Kader laughs and says, “Should we tell him it was all a joke?” Alberte replies, “Wait a moment, let me enjoy this.”
Burquette, episode 10! I actually didn’t do anything for that episode, except the background (and choosing the colours for the characters at the beginning of production).
Kader shows up at school and asks how Alberte is doing (he finds her “wrinkled”). She says she’d like to speak to someone living in the same situation as she is. Kader wears the burqa with her, saying that’s now the case, and he adds that he’d like Alberte’s father to force her to wear the burqa for longer so that he could stay with her, like this, forever.
Burquette’s ninth episode! I did all the backgrounds and had to correct fairly big chunks of animation here and there.
Alberte’s dad mentions he had a talk with the Algerian neighbour, who told him he hadn’t fled the extremists of his home country to endure the same kind of extremists in Quebec. Then Alberte’s dad says he forgot the rest of the conversation. Alberte goes to meet the neighbour to thank him, he replies that he feels sorry he hit her dad. Then Alberte meets her neighbour’s nephew Kader, who says it’s refreshing to see a pretty girl and that he’d seen none in the container he traveled in.
Burquette, episode 8! As usual, I traced and coloured all the backgrounds and did some minor animation corrections.
For those who can’t understand French and still want to know what’s going on: Alberte’s dad tells Alberte that she can remove her burqa inside. Turns out that it’s really the punkette girl, who throws the burqa into his face, insulting him. He kicks her out while she keeps menacing him. He tells her that if she were his daughter, she wouldn’t have any pocket money. Both girls end up laughing, and Alberte thanks the punkette, telling her that she probably understands the situation more than Alberte herself.
Burquette’s seventh episode! As usual I did all the backgrounds — the scene with the girls walking from the front was a compositing nightmare, the poor compositing guy did a wonderful job patching things together. I also corrected minor things in the animation, and picked the whole colour palette (of the entire series, in fact…).
Alberte walks home after school and meets a punk girl. Alberte notes how a few inches of fabric can make a huge difference in who wants to be with you. The punkette suggests that Alberte should rebel against her father and tear her burqa apart. Alberte says she thought of doing that, but that wearing the burqa meant she was getting more attention with less effort. The punkette has an idea, to which Alberte says: “Oh! I didn’t think someone who has such poor fashion taste could have such great ideas!”
Burquette’s sixth episode! Someone else had drawn the backgrounds for this, but I ended up having to retrace everything to add the colours afterwards, so…
Quick translation for those interested: Alberte greets her ex-boyfriend, but he ignores her, so she confronts him. He says she used to look like she was out of a Lady Gaga music video, but now she’s straight out of a news report from Radio-Canada.
Then, we hear a bunch of teens saying “Aim for the net! Aim for the net!” so they kick their ball right into Alberte’s covered face. While she’s suffering, another student walks by asking if Alberte’s praying, and that he’s opened to all religions and cultures. Alberte whines that she doesn’t feel like going to the mosque right now and that she’d rather go to the infirmary instead.