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The Nicolas Bros.’ 3D Short, ‘Black Holes,’ Headed to Sundance

How embarrassing to be human.

Black Holes is a 3D animated short film selected to compete at Sundance 2017 that the filmmakers are developing into a TV series.

Created by the Nicolas Brothers, French artists David and Laurent Nicolas, Black Holes revolves around an astronaut overwhelmed by frivolous insecurities while preparing for the most important mission of his life: the conquest of Mars. Based on the brothers’ 2000 project, Pierre le Cosmonaute, the short was produced by Kevin Van Der Meiren at Noodles California.

Imagine Star Trek meets The Office. The aesthetics are more Pixar than South Park, a revolutionary style for a TV show that is long overdue. Here’s the official synopsis:

Dave Nicholson is a distinguished astronaut Entrusted with humanity's Most major leap into the future-the conquest of Mars and outer space. On the eve of Mission Mars Premium, Dave discovers he's being teamed up with a melon feeling that outshines him in intelligence and charm. Not only a brilliant strategist but also the reincarnation of a fashion designer, the melon encroaches more and more on Dave's jurisdiction, driving him to the brink of paranoia and insanity.

Black Holes was created as a TV series and, with a 10-minute short film serving as pilot and statement of intent.


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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.