Hey guys! I haven’t been very active lately because I’ve been in Animation School Hell, so I thought I’d show some of the stuff I was working on. These are some concept art for my Legend of the White Snake idea. Basically I was envisioning an animated wuxia drama lol.
Anyway, thanks for continuing to follow me and support me even though I haven’t been doing much. Hope to see some of you at cons this summer!
People who sit still in a room for hours at a time, reading, manufacturing emotions. People who can alter volume, pitch, and accent, on a whim to transform themselves to any animated character. Or possibly a character without illustration, one the listeners give a face to.
As much as I respect the writers, I have to also respect the voice actors who have made words come to life. Who have brought tears to my eyes as they themselves have conjured up emotion, to sound desperate and afraid, or positivity carefree. With live action production, we grow accustomed to looking for expression and posture, while voice actors are able to draw interest without being seen.
Which means the sound designers are also artists, adding to the mental pictures we develop. As many people have a love for Hollywood actors, I have a love for those I think underappreciated -
MORE Adult Animated Films You Can Watch Instead of Sausage Party
Waltz With Bashir:
An Israeli animated autobiographical war-documentary film about director Ari Folman attempting to recover repressed memories from his time as a soldier in the Lebanon War of 1982. This is a very dark film that explores many heavy themes throughout. It was actually quite controversial in some Arabian countries, being officially banned in Lebanon.
It's about a young girl growing up in the middle of the 1979 Iranian revolution and the political conflicts and government corruption she dealt with at that time, covering mostly the first 20 years of her life. This film was controversial too, with Iranian government only allowing a limited release and Bangkok's International Film Festival dropping it completely, as well as being protested against after an airing on a Tunisian television network, and being completely banned in Lebanon.
Mary and Max:
A stop motion film about two strangers, an adult with Asperger's Syndrome and a little girl who lives in an abusive environment, who one day become pen-pals. It's actually a very profound film that deals with themes such as friendship, isolation, abuse, suicide, mental illness, and more. The film has many heavy moments as well as many light-hearted and funny ones, having just as much drama as it has comedy.
Strange Frame, Love and Sax:
A 2012 cutout animated science-fiction musical film starring Tara Strong and Claudia Black, about a lesbian couple from another planet who fall in love after meeting each other while escaping a riot and form a band with an ultimate goal of worldwide fame, but are eventually split apart. Many of the characters in this movie are LGBTQA+, and all of them are of color.
A Scanner Darkly:
An American animated sci-fi thriller film about a future where America lost the war on drugs and everyone is under constant police surveillance, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder, based on Phillip K. Dick's novel of the same name.
Also directed by Richard Linklater, an American animated drama documentary about a guy who constantly finds himself placed in various dream-like realities, most of which have people who have conversations with him about philosophical topics questioning the nature of reality and existence itself.
A Spanish animated drama film about a retired bank manager suffering from Alzheimer's who is taken into an assisted living home and makes a new friend, who together try to disguise Emilio's worsening illness from doctors so that they don't transfer him to the top floor.
A Dutch drama film about a missionary named Augustus whose sister, a former porn star named 'Princess', leaves behind her daughter after she dies of a drug overdose. Augustus adopts her daughter and embarks on a violent mission to destroy all existing evidence of Princess's career. Probably the most explicit one of all of these films, not for the faint of heart due to it's themes and graphic nature.
French stop-motion film about a group of aliens who get captured and kept as pets by another, more spiritually/technologically advanced species of aliens, but organize a mass rebellion after one of the aliens from the advanced planet educates the other spieces, which is forbidden. This film contains very surreal, psychedelic imagery that's similar to Classic Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and Yellow Submarine.
Venerdi has announced a third volume for their Watashi no Kemono series!
At your request, a gardener named 新庄千郷 (Shinjou Chisato) has come to work at your home.
As you spend time with Chisato—chatting him up and making lunch for him, given that he always eats conbini food otherwise, a special relationship begins to blossom between you and this usually quiet, brusque man…
“I said you’re weird. Normally, women wouldn’t tell me jokes, you know. …I’ve thought this for a while now, but you’re not afraid of me, aren’t you?”
If we must be dominated by a single genre in film, I’m glad it’s the superhero genre because of how flexible it is.
Just this year so far, we’ve had 5 movies. 5 MOVIES OF ONE GENRE IN ONE YEAR! But those 5 movies are:
a LEGO style animated comedy/parody
an action drama that also acts as a modern Western
a sci-fi action comedy
a fantasy/war movie
a high school action comedy.
All of which are technically in the same genre, but they still have their own characters, style, tone, and themes. Even the two which are made by the same studio in the same universe are drastically different from each other.
As long as they keep up this level of quality and variety, superhero fatigue shouldn’t kick in for a long time.