Jean-Pierre Jeunet has said he did not intend to make a political statement about arms dealers with his new film Micmacs.
The comedy caper, from the director of Amelie, sees hero Bazil, who has suffered at the hands of wealthy Parisian weapon sellers, seek revenge with the help of a group of misfits who live in a rubbish tip.
But Jean-Pierre said: "For me it's not a message film, it's not a scoop to say weapons sellers are not good."
He added: "But even if it's a comedy it's important to know exactly what you are talking about and we made some research ... and we met some interesting people".
"They have a passion for technology, they are very interesting, they completely forget it's to kill and give pain and suffering. It's interesting to see that."
The director revealed how he came up with the idea for the story, which he co-wrote with Guillaume Laurant, who he also worked with on Amelie.
He said: "I wanted to make something very slapstick, very cartoon, with a band of stupid people like the toys of Toy Story or the Seven Dwarves in Snow White.
"And on the other hand I wanted to speak about something more serious. The story of the weapon seller and also a story of revenge".