CLOCKI – “What time is it? It’s time to have fun!!!”
That’s the cult motto of CLOCKI, the alarm clock-shaped mascot with his big eyes and snarled mustache-needles that rings out snack time to millions of children in front of their TV sets every day.
Originally a comic book hero, CLOCKI’s career took off in 1932 thanks to the international success of the film “Clocki and the Talking Clock”, the very first sound and color cartoon in the history of cinema. He made a series of feature films and became a real star.
At the height of his fame in 1955, the Clockiland amusement park was inaugurated, a dreamed-of entertainment paradise that still delights young and old. But the fairy tale we are sold could hide a very dark reality…
In CLOCKI, Mathias Martinez builds the memories of an imaginary park and tells the hidden side of its success. In each chapter, a protagonist who knew the park at different times tells about a key moment in the life of the park (a mascot, a ride enthusiast, an ex-employee and a little girl passionate about Clocki).
Inspired by the American cartoons of the 30’s from the Fleischer studios (Betty Boop, Koko the Clown…), Mathias Martinez distorts the universe by dipping his characters in large vats of acid. His drawings drip, the sets melt, the perspective is twisted as if the film had burned in the projector, reinforcing the grotesque and worrying atmosphere of the amusement parks.