(aka "The Missing Link" or "De Ontbrekende Schakel")


directed by Picha
Belgium / France 1980


This irreverent, sometimes raunchy animated feature by Picha takes an acerbic look at a hypothetical "missing link" by the name of "O." Born somewhere around 200,000 B.C., give or take a few generations, "O" was a reject because his pink and unbearded self was a mite too intelligent and off-beat to the rest of his hairy clan. So a friendly brontosaurus and smart-mouthed pterodactyl bring up "O" as though he were their very own. While roaming through hill and dale to find his tribe once he is an adult, "O" comes across all the weird creatures that will eventually contribute to his understanding of the world -- and the beginning of what passes for civilization is launched.

Excerpt from Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

Theatrical Release: May 21, 1980

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DVD Review: DVDY Films - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Pieter Boven for the Review!

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DVDY Films

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:19:31 (4% PAL speedup)

1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.7 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s


NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio French (MPEG-1 2.0 Mono), English (MPEG-1 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles French (optional)
Features Release Information:
Studio: DVDY Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• brief summaries of 2 old reviews, in French
• list of Picha's movies, in French
• trailer

DVD Release Date: July 28, 1999

Chapters 19

Comments The image quality of this DVD is horrible. Washed out colours, unsharp and full of ghosting, it looks like a bad VHS. On the positive side, the movie is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen and there is not too much print damage. The mono sound, original French or English dub (not mentioned on the cover), is clear with little or no distortion or noise. The French subtitles are removable and the menu has a nice suitable design. However, what's really disappointing is the fact that the trailer for the film is presented in anamorphic widescreen, with rich colours and basically looks great! Just compare the last 2 screenshots to see the difference. This is the only DVD I know where the trailer is better quality than the movie itself. The aspect ratio for the trailer (1.85:1) is also different from the main feature (1.66:1) and is probably more accurate. Apparently, a DVD of this was recently released in Australia and a comparison would be interesting.

 - Pieter Boven



Recommended Reading in French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)


The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
by James Quandt
The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana



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