"We really struggled to create a giant flea, dressed like Aristide Bruant, with the charm of Matthieu Chédid . . . I asked several friends—illustrators, comic book artists, storyboarders—to sketch Francoeur from the description of the character I gave them. Suddenly, it dawned on me… If you look carefully, Francoeur’s face is heart-shaped. It occurred to me that this was no coincidence. It’s very symbolic that this heart-shaped face looks at us with its big bright eyes. Another graphic artist gave me the idea for the grasshopper look. And I came up with the idea of dressing him like Aristide Bruant. So, Francoeur embodies a meeting of various creative minds."
Character design development by Zebe
There's a brief gag in the film where Lucille, in her efforts to disguise Francoeur, has him don a wig based on 'M's bizarre stage hairstyle!
Colour key by Aurelien Predal