Eric Montchaud studied at the Poudrière Animation School in Valence in 1999. He specialised in stop-motion technique. His student film entitled Les Animals and his first self-produced short called The Wet Dog Smell had a successful career at festivals such as Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand and Hiroshima. He took part in the animation of Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo and The Science of Sleep. Anatole’s Little Saucepan is his first professional short film.