Since being nominated for the Caméra d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, picking up various awards throughout last year and being selected to compete for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards, Claude Barras’ My Life as a Zucchini has surfaced on filmgoers’ radars in a big way, with both its various trailers and early reviews promising a vibrant animated stop-motion tearjerker about an orphaned boy who finds community, hope and love among other children who have also lost their parents.
Ahead of the film’s release in a couple weeks, Paste has received an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip on the preparation that went into the film’s voice work. Included in the clip are tidbits on how the children were non-actors and selected based on their similarity to the characters that they play. It is always interesting to see the physical effort that goes into producing an animated film—to be reminded that, beneath the seeming ethereality of animation, there are people hard at work, making it all possible.
Watch the full clip above and My Life as a Zucchini’s English-language trailer below, catch the film when it hits theaters on Feb. 24, and wish Barras and co. the best of luck when they compete at the Oscars two days later. See the rest of this year’s Academy Award nominees here.