The narrator, walking through a dry area of southern France just before WWI, encounters a shepherd, Elzeard Bouffier, who lives alone and collects acorns meticulously to plant groves of trees. The man is somewhat of a Thoreau hermit, but planting trees is his way of “playing God” and leaving a legacy. The film then traces the history of his forests through both World Wars.
The animation is pastel and rather simple, a bit in the style of the drawings in Hendrik Van Loon’s 1928 book “The Story of the Bible”.
Christopher Plummer narrates in the English version; Phillipe Noiret narrates in the French version.
The first part from imdb on YouTube:
The earlier 1981 animated short “Crac!” had portrayed the modernization and industrialization Montreal. That city I have visited twice, in 1972 and 1993.
I could not find the full 15 minute film Crac! On YouTube, but I found a derivative work “Learning to Fly”, by Nedeliko Dragic, D, posted by Cheshirecat333
I discussed the biography short on Back on March 28 here,
(Note: the Youtube video give unknown errors today, May 2015, no info right now.)