Minuscule is a wonderful animation series for (not only) children starred by tiny creatures: a group of insects and a snail. Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud created those cute 3D creatures and put them into live footage, keeping the cartoon atmosphere, while maintaining the naturalistic flavor characteristic of documentaries.
Minuscule revolves around the day-by-day existence of insects. Although the series calls to mind a wildlife documentary, it’s a documentary in which the insects are presented in burlesque situations, with a fair amount of philosophical contemplation thrown in. You might call it a cross between Tex Avery and Microcosmos, or grassroots slapstick. Or a docu-cartoon series.
The site itself of full of cute stuff to explore, however the best part are the funny videos. Nico, from NicoSite, where I discovered “Minuscule”, uploaded two of those videos at Dailymotion: Top Départ and Un Radiateur pour deux. At the same site there are also Chenille des viles papillon des champs and La sauterelle. And there is also a playlist with six of those videos.