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Picha

 Cartoonist and film director

Picha is the pen-name of Jean-Paul Walravens, who was born in Brussels in 1942. He studied Art at the Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels and became a for many publications, including the Belgian daily newspaper La Libre Belgique, The New York Times, National Lampoon and Pan. After a brief interlude as the presenter of a television pop music programme at the end of the 1960s, he began to draw strip cartoons, including the albums Picha at Club Med (1971) and Persona Non Grata (1973). He moved on to satirical animated cartoons, and his films La honte de la jungle (a send-up of the Tarzan films), La chaînon manquant and Le Big Bang were critical and commercial successes. He then moved on to television script-writing and making television advertisements. His cartoon series Zoo Olympics was followed by Zoo Cup. Picha was never afraid to be seen as politically incorrect and appeared with Serge Gainsbourg in a television film lamenting the decline of smoking. Then, in 2007, he wrote a particularly scathing satire of Disney’s classic cartoon film Snow White entitled Snow White – The Sequel with the voice of Cécile de France as Snow White.

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