There’s a new documentary screening at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) about French graphic artist, Tomi Ungerer (best known to movie poster fans for his Dr. Strangelove one-sheet), that’s aptly titled, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story.
WARNING: The trailer below isn’t for the easily offended as it features Ungerer’s tormented childhood escaping the Nazis — as well as some of his weird, wonderful commercial work and, in later years, strange transition from children’s book author to erotic illustrator.
This post is not a tribute to the 80’s David Bowie flick, The Hunger — but rather, it’s dedicated to French illustrator, Tomi Ungerer, who is actually most known for his 1950’s and 1960’s American design work in children’s books and political newspapers/magazines like The New York Times and Esquire. But if you’re a movie poster fan, then you definitely have seen his one-hit wonder, Dr. Strangelove (although he also did the one-sheet for Monterey Pop).
Inspired by Saul Steinberg, his style is cut from the same cloth as such political humorists/cartoonists as Jules Feiffer, Maurice Sendak, and William Steig (Shrek), and he has recently come out with a new kids’ book, which you can read about here.