You didn’t really know Harry. He had lived
two doors down from you for the last 8 months. He had introduced himself to you
when you had moved in and you frequently saw each other while entering and
exiting the apartment building but you didn’t really know much about him.
However with your frequent interactions, your daughter had become quite fond of
him, especially because he was so nice to her and gave her a funny face or a
big smile on the way past. She had even on occasion asked to visit him when she
was bored, but had never really acted on it. She was only three after all; she
didn’t really understand he was a stranger.
After a long stressful day of work, it had
been a lot more stressful then usual, (difficult clients were the worst) and
you had just picked up your daughter from day care. It was very late and you
were very tired, and looking after a three year old on top of all that was
hard, but you did it because she was the best thing that ever happened to you.
Her father wasn’t in the picture, so you shared your little apartment with her
and all her soft toys, and that was the way you liked it.
You got her situated in the living room
with a bowl of pasta and went into the bedroom to get changed into something
more comfortable, but instead decided to rest your head on the pillow for a
moment. Only a moment later you’d fallen asleep.
After a while your daughter got restless.
She hadn’t seen her mummy around for a while. She got up and checked the
kitchen, and again the living room but couldn’t find you. When she was eating
she was so used to you being in the room with her, that she couldn’t even think
of where else you could be.
She began to get scared and upset, and
didn’t have anyone to help her. That’s when she thought of Harry.
She stood up on her tippy toes, reaching
for the door handle, and walked down the hall to his front door, softly
At first Harry thought he was hearing
things. He had the TV on, but he was mostly looking at his phone, and the knock
had been so soft he could have missed it. However when he heard it again he got
up to investigate.
Opening the door he sees your daughter, at
first he smiles but then is a little confused because firstly you are not there
and secondly your front door in wide open.
“Hey sunshine,” says Harry. “What can I do
Your daughter looks up at him with wide
eyes. “I can’t find my mummy.”
Harry looks at the little girl confused.
“Why hunny? Where’d she go?”
You daughter starts to get a little more upset,
tears starting to form at the bottom of her eyes, “I dunno. She gone somewhere
Harry looked at your daughter
sympathetically. He didn’t know much about you but he could tell you were a
good mum. He was sure you wouldn’t have just left her alone in the apartment.
“Well how about we go and have a look
alright munchkin?” he asked. She just nodded in response.
He lifted her onto his hip and walked back
into your apartment, knocking on the open door first, but receiving no reply.
Harry looked around the living room. He
couldn’t see anything weird or strangely out of place.
“Where is mum usually hun? He asked your
daughter in a soft voice.
You daughter snuffled. “I dunno. She’s
always just with me.”
Harry chuckled under his breath. “Where’s
her bedroom. Did you check there?”
You daughter shook her head. “No. Id
fordot,” she mumbled into Harry’s shoulder, pointing in the direction of the
It was then that Harry saw your sleeping
form and chuckled under his breath again. You daughter squirmed and jumped out
of his arms.
“Mummy I found you!” she yelled waking you
up from your sleep.
You woke up with a shock, first from your
daughter’s loud voice, and then because of the man standing at the end of your
bed. It only took you a moment to realize who it was though.
“Harry? What are you doing here?” you asked
running your hand through you hair.
He laughed. “Your daughter couldn’t find
you so she came and asked for some help. That’s all. I’m glad you’re ok.”
You laughed and squeezed your daughter into
a hug. “You silly billy! I was right here!” you giggled.
She laughed. “Sorry mummy!” Now that she
had found you she was content and happy, going back to her dinner and movie in
the living room.
You looked back at Harry. “I’m so sorry
about that. She’s so silly sometimes.”
He laughed. “It’s alright. I’m glad she
trusts me enough that she can ask for help.”
You smiled. “Me too. But I hope it wasn’t
too much trouble. I mean she interrupted your night and…” before you could
finish he interrupted you.
“I honestly didn’t mind. She’s very cute.
Just like her mum.”
You smiled and blushed, a little taken for
“Anytime. But maybe next time she turns up
at my door, you can come to.”
Coloring - having lots of color books and colors to choose from are also a very large plus
Baths - bubbles, duckies, and any bath toy are an absolute must! It’s pinnacle to have these because oh my goodness they're so fun.
Daddy’s clothes - any over-sized clothes will work, but it’s best if it’s daddy smelled. You know you’re doing it right when you waste half a bottle of smell good spray on something you’re giving your little.
Books - specifically easy reads and no chapters. It’s much easier for us to understand. If daddy’s reading the book to us, silly voices are pertinent and absolutely amazing. (Especially when daddy laughs at how silly he sounds)
Disney - Disney movies, hot cocoa, and blankets fresh from the dryer. Disney marathons are better than just one Disney movie alone. So plan a day to stay in and cuddle while your littles belts every lyric to every song in every one of the movies.
Unlike Godzilla, Pacific Rim doesn’t try to be serious even when it’s being serious. Characters have names like Stacker Pentecost and Hercules Hansen. The film requires you to believe that the best way to battle a giant monster is to build an even larger robot to fight that monster.
Much of the Act 2 drama derives from inter-pilot tension airlifted from the Val Kilmer scenes in Top Gun. It’s the polar opposite of the Godzilla school of drama, where everyone is a total professional who has absolutely no personal goal besides Saving The World. In Pacific Rim, Idris Elba is Rinko Kikuchi’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, and two of the last Giant Robot-pilots in the world frequently get into sneering fights over who’s the bigger badass, and Charlie Day is a scientist.
So, for all these reasons, Pacific Rim is a movie that I’ve heard perfectly smart people describe as “stupid” or “silly.” The problem with this line of thinking is that, really, that every blockbuster is pretty “silly,” in the context of Things Adults Should Care About. Godzilla is not less stupid than Pacific Rim just because people frown more. […]
The difference, I think, is that Pacific Rim glories in its own silliness. There’s a flashback scene where Idris Elba rescues a little girl, and when he emerges from his giant robot, the sun shines upon him like he’s the catharsis in a biblical epic. There’s a moment when one giant robot swings an oil tanker like a sword. Then it grows a sword out of its wrist. Then it falls from space to earth.
There are real complaints to make about Pacific Rim, I guess, all of them fair and most of them pedantic. I know a lot of people who have issues with the story. (“Why didn’t they use the wrist-sword earlier?” is a popular one.) Conversely, I don’t really know anyone who minds the story in Godzilla, possibly because everything stupid that happens is prefaced by Frowning Watanabe saying “This is why the stupid thing that’s about to happen makes sense.” Godzilla wants so badly to make sense. Pacific Rim wants so badly for Ron Perlman to wear golden shoes.
Darren Franich, “Entertainment Geekly: A call for an end to serious blockbusters”
hey my friends i kinda had a really bad episode (im in a film studies class and we were supposed to watch ‘alien’ but it was really bad for me and i ended up having to be removed from the room) so im gonna write out some soothing frank hcs to help me get back into a calm place
he’s a big believer that the tighter the hug, the more sadness/pain gets squished out. he’ll scoop his s/o up and bear hug them until they tell him it’s okay to let go. if they don’t tell him to let go, they’ll end up falling asleep in the patented Frank Castle Vice Hug.
he’s also really good at listening, and knows how to coax his s/o into opening up. he is always very careful about boundaries, but he knows that sometimes, an issue needs to be talked about to get better.
max and frank and s/o dogpile. they pile onto the nearest, softest surface (couch, futon, bed, who cares) and curl up into a warm bundle of blankets and bodies. frank will half-heartedly bemoan his stinky dog crushing him and his sweetie, but, really, he loves it. it feels like a whole family.
bad jokes are his speciality, so if his s/o is in a better place and ready for some lightheartedness, he’ll crank out the dumb dad jokes. they are terrible. they are perfect.
frank can have trouble being verbal, but if his s/o needs it, he’ll just start doling out all those affirmations. “you are so beautiful. you are so perfect. you are sunshine and cuteness and i adore you.” he’ll do it until they’re bright pink in the face and covering their eyes and begging him to cut it out, but even then, he’ll throw in a few more for good measure.
if they’re scared of something (like a movie, maybe?) he’ll tell them he’ll protect them. he’ll say things like “monsters aren’t real, baby, but if they were, i promise you that if one ever came for you i’d rip its tentacles off and strangle them with ‘em.” if that doesn’t work, he’ll tell them how much he loves them and how he’ll never, ever let anything happen to them. he will also be silly and flex his muscles, saying that no one would tangle with “guns like these”.
Excessive Kisses. lots of quick pecks on the cheeks and forehead and nose- just about anywhere he can reach. it’s tickly and silly and fun.
making sure his s/o goes to sleep safe and comfortable. he’ll even stay up to make sure that his s/o doesn’t have nightmares. if they do, he’ll try to help them wake up or soothe them while they’re sleeping, reassuring them of his presence with tight hugs and soft words.
a safe, happy movie gets put on and frank holds his s/o tight to his chest, helping them focus on something else. they can talk about the movie or something simple, or just not talk at all. whatever works for his s/o.
an acting career that began in 1999 and has not stopped since, giving him 77
credits, Seth Rogen has to be one of the most talked about comedians on the
planet. I know he’s one of my favorite comedy actors but his type of comedy,
which can only be described as ‘stoner’ comedy, isn’t for everyone.
memorable roles such as ‘Eager Cameraman’ in Anchorman, Cal in The
40-Year-Old-Virgin, Ben Stone in Knocked
Up, Officer Michaels in Superbad,
Dale Denton in Pineapple Express,
Zack in Zack and Miri Make A Porno
and one of my favorites Mac Radner in the hilarious flick Neighbors – just to name a few! Rogen has become a very well known
household laugh.. I mean name. But lets be honest here.. That laugh. It’s
such a limited background in genre (let’s face it – what movie has Seth been
apart of that doesn’t involve at least a bong?) he has to be one of the most
influential people in cinema, along with his team of fellow actors and
producers he’s left a blazed trail behind him that will keep all of them a
household name long after their careers have ended.
only has he left a high bar in cinema with his stoner films but he’s also been
apart of projects from a one episode stint in Dawsons Creek to lending his voice to the Kung Fu Panda films.
of his most talked about movies has to be Sausage
Party. The animated feature that includes other actors such as Kristen
Wiig, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Selma Hayek, Anders Holm, Iris Apatow and Seth
Rogen film alum’s Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd and James Franco. The premise of the
film is that a bunch of food believes once they’re sold they go into the
promise land but once they find out what really happens they set out to stop
mankind. They could’ve just renamed it 420: The Stoners Guide To The Galaxy.
The world was divided by this film, I honestly loved it and was really rooting
for the hot dog and the bun to finally do something more than just ‘touch
tips’, but I know plenty of people that were offended by the flick and others
let their kids watch it thinking it was just a harmless childs movie but
quickly threw it out of the DVD player once they realized it was anything but.
Silly, silly people.
other ‘most talked about’ film was one he worked on, and starred in, with close
friend and fellow actor James Franco – The
Interview. An American political satire spy comedy flick with a very controversial topic that literally
almost started a war, and was banned in some countries due to bombing threats
that were received this film brought fear and excitement to audiences and
filmgoers alike. Nevertheless it earned over a million dollars on its opening day
and by the end of its cinema run it had grossed 6.1 million dollars on the box
office. Not bad for a film that had most of its publicity and television
advertising cancelled due to the ‘declaration of war’ had the movie been
Seth’s last films Bad Neighbors 2:
Sorority Rising and Sausage Party
released between six and nine months ago we’re about due for another Seth Rogen
flick. Good news! A film titled B.O.O:
Bureau of Otherworldly Operations has been announced, Friends from College a television series is in the pre-production
stage, Zeroville is completed and set
to be released later this year and my personal favorite that I’m most excited
for is The Disaster Artist
(previously titled The Masterpiece)
will also be released later this year.
works with, and has been working with since college, childhood friend Evan
Goldberg with whom the two main characters of Superbad were modeled after. He and Evan have written multiple
projects together including Neighbors
and Neighors 2: Sorority Rising, The Interview, Pineapple Express and of course Superbad,
on which they had been writing since they were thirteen.
started doing stand up comedy before he was cast in Judd Apatow’s short lived
but well regarded television series Freaks
and Geeks, in which he starred with other well known names like Jason Segel
and close friend James Franco. Freaks and
Geeks only lasted one season but it launched all their careers and they’ve
worked together on multiple projects since.
sixteen Seth’s parents were both out of work and around the same time he landed
his role in Judd’s show Freaks and Geeks
and became the main wage earner in the house, relocating his family, after they
had to sell their family home, to Los Angeles.
into the dimly lit club and look around excitedly. The music is loud and fast;
the mass of bodies on the dancefloor flows in time to it, the flashing strobe
lights overhead giving their movements a beautifully disjointed appearance.
You don’t often
go to clubs but the few times your friend Lu manages to drag you to one of
these, you can’t help but get caught up in the energy and exhilaration of the
people around you.
dancing?” Lu asks loudly over the music.
you reply as a familiar beat erupts over the speakers and the people on the
dancefloor scream excitedly.
the drinks,” Lu’s boyfriend, Steve, yells at the two of you. “I’ll meet you on
really a good dancer, but out on the dancefloor the press of bodies around you
and the beat reverberating through the club pushes all insecurities away and
you move wildly to the rhythm.
twenty minutes of dancing Lu grabs your arm and leans forward to speak into
really do with that drink right about now,” she says breathlessly. “But I think
Steve might have gotten kidnapped.”
and nod towards the bar, taking Lu’s hand as you wind your way off the
is,” you say, spotting him near the end of the bar. You squint at Steve’s head
and realize that he’s talking animatedly to someone. “He’s not alone though.” In
the dim light of the club you just make out a shock of dark hair and a wide
defy you to find something in this movie that doesn’t
qualify it for MST3K. Giant lizardy monster? Check. A musical
number that has nothing to do with the plot? We have that. Actors
who appear to be dubbed despite also appearing to speak English? The
entire cast! Black and white footage tinted blue in an effort to
make it look like it belongs in a colour movie? You betcha! Wooden
acting? Beakers of kool-aid standing in for SCIENCE?
Foreigners pretending to be Americans? Toy boats? Yep, Reptilicus
has it all, wrapped up in a bright technicolour package by out old
friend, American International Pictures!
It seems tailor-made for the show, and Joel apparently agrees. I wrote most of this review before I found out that Reptilicus was slated to be the Season 11 debut, and now I’m looking forward to seeing how many of my predictions here come true when the episode hits Netflix on Friday.
Monster Trucks Was Good and I’m Kinda Pissed Off About It
So almost everything I’ve read about this movie has been astoundingly negative. If you google its name, one of the first links you’ll get is an article titled “How did this Monster Trucks movie get made?” The general consensus about this movie before it ever came out was that it was absolute trash that deserved to die forgotten and unloved - which is probably why it got shunted off to a January release date, on Friday the 13th no less!
Well, I just saw it. I saw Monster Trucks and nobody stopped me. And you know what? It was good.
It’s not mind blowing. It’s not high art. It won’t make you rethink your worldview or ponder the nature of humanity. But this is a solid movie. It does everything it needs to, and it does so with a genuine personality. It’s a simple, sweet little movie, and the fact that it’s been written off so matter-of-factly by almost everyone who’s heard of it kinda pisses me off.
The script is tight. There’s no unnecessary padding, but it also isn’t rushed or nonsensical. The actors are all good and likable - there’s not really a weak link in the cast. The story is focused - there’s no meandering detours or plot cul de sacs that go nowhere. Everything in the movie exists for a purpose and forwards the plot. The monster - which, if you know me, is the most crucial part of this story for me - is absolutely wonderful. He’s adorable in an unconventional way, oozes personality, and is genuinely endearing.
I’m sure you’re imagining the movie has a lot of crude humor and other cheap jokes, but it doesn’t. There are, like, one or two juvenile gags, and they’re both fairly understated and, more importantly, pulled off very well. The rest of the movie’s humor - and there’s a lot of it - naturally comes from the plot.
The movie balances humor and tension really well. It knows how seriously to take its premise - that there need to be genuine stakes, but also levity because it’s a goofy story at heart. It is exactly what it needs to be.
Yes, the plot is a fairly typical “kid finds weird supernatural animal and tries to help it out” story - I’m sure many reviewers had dismissed it as an E.T. ripoff, but that basic plot predates E.T. by centuries. The medieval folktale “Maud and the Wyvern” has the same premise and is just a bit more tragic about it. In my opinion, Monster Trucks is a valid retelling of that premise - and honestly I prefer it to E.T., both because Monster Trucks is good and because I think E.T. kinda sucks.
All I could think about while watching this movie is how huge it would have been when I was a kid. If this came out in the 90′s, it would have been the highlight of the summer. There’d be toys everywhere, and to this day 90′s kids would look back on it fondly. It wouldn’t be life changing, but it’d be a treasured memory all the same - a fun little monster story that would still hold up decades later, something you could enjoy with your own kids when you grew up.
Instead, because it came out in an age where far more bloated, needlessly convoluted action-adventure movies come out every single week, Monster Trucks was tossed out like wet garbage to be ignored and derided. And that just sucks man. It just fucking sucks.
Worse, people write it off because it’s premise is unconventional. Some might try to say it’s because the premise is silly, but we accept a lot of silly shit in our movies nowadays. The biggest film franchise right now, and one that’s pretty beloved at that, centers on a Norse God, an angry green giant, a robot man, and a soldier who literally wears the American flag fighting aliens and spies with robot arms. That’s pretty fucking silly too - but because it’s the conventional sort of silly, it can be considered good, while everyone hates on poor Monster Trucks.
Also, Monster Trucks has a very nuanced but prominent pro-environment/anti-big oil company message, which is timely and important in my opinion.
Monster Trucks is a fun, sweet little movie with laughs, fun characters, and a simple story told very, very well. I won’t say that you’re a soulless shell of a human being if you don’t see it, but I will say that you’re a bad person who has a lot to answer for. I saw it and nobody stopped me. I know I can’t make you see it, but I am sad if you stop yourself from doing so.
Hey! It looks like people really liked the first post, so let’s do it again. This time I’m going to expand the rules a little bit and show you 10 movies that were not produced by Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, or Studio Laika. Hope you find something cool!
Kirikou and the Sorceress (Kirikou et la Sorcière, 1998)
The breakout hit of French animation master, Michel Ocelot, Kirikou and the Sorceress is an invented fairytale drawing from west African folklore. You’ll immediately notice the style, how it alternates between very lush, lovingly rendered scenery and somewhat limited animation. A lot of the limitations of this movie can be chocked up to the infant-status of French animation at the time, but in spite of a few reused walk-cycles Kirikou is a wonderful film! In fact, Kirikou was such a success in French theaters that it spawned its own sequel in 2005, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts.
The story recounts the birth and early travails of Kirikou, an impetuous but incredibly clever infant boy. Kirikou’s village has been all-but enslaved by the evil sorceress Karaba. It’s up to Kirikou to keep his ailing villagers safe from the sorceress, and find a way to stop Karaba for good.
Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
Sita Sings the Blues is an interesting creature, it’s actually been released under the Creative Commons license, so you can download it for free right now. A labor of love by cartoonist/animator Nina Paley, the movie is entirely animated with Adobe Flash. Ordinarily I’m not very fond of flash animation, it’s become the new fad in TV because it’s cheap, and has unfortunately ushered in a new era of bland, limited animation cartoons (Teen Titans Go, I’m looking at you). That said, Sita Sings the Blues is a wonderful example of how an artist can exceed & in some cases exploit the limitations of Flash to create really charming cartoons brimming with beautiful designs.
Featuring 4 different animation styles and an overabundance of musical set pieces, Sita Sings the Blues contrasts the many trials and tribulations of the mythical Sita (wife of hindu folk hero, Rama) with the waning days of the animator’s own marriage. Interspersed between these two stories is a more light-hearted retelling of the Ramayana (the story of Rama) by indian shadow puppets.
My Dog Tulip (2009)
My Dog Tulip recounts the trials and tribulations of one Mr. Ackerley as he attempts to raise his bratty german shepherd, Tulip. The most striking feature of this film is its styling, which can charitably be called “impressionistic” but more accurately be deemed “scribbly”. Everything is freeform, and the models shift and twist into the most expressive shapes for their given scenes. Considering that every one of its 60,000+ frames is actually an individually-rendered digital painting, the movie becomes quite impressive.
This is a very restful movie, aimed at an older audience, so save it for when you next want to relax. At once charming, silly, dry, and very juvenile, it’s hard not to smile as you watch Ackerley’s animated self blunder through raising his dog. And though Ackerley shamelessly anthropomorphizes Tulip, the film (quite refreshingly) will never let you forget that she’s a silly, fidgety dog.
Perfect Blue (Pāfekuto Burū, 1997)
While Japan produces a lot of animation, most of it is just miserable crap. That said, every so often someone amazing gets to make a movie. Writer/director Satoshi Kon was one of those people.
Kon’s directorial debut, Perfect Blue, is an intriguing, upsetting, suspenseful, and frightening movie. A young pop star leaves music for acting, but is traumatized by her first role. Shellshocked by her first experience, the actress falls into a fugue state, and the people involved in the production start dying. All signs point to the murderer being the actress, and while she should be recovering she’s inadvertently pulled into the world of an obsessive stalker who has been watching her every move.
The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste, 2010)
Based on a recovered script by legendary French comedian/director, Jacques Tati, The Illusionist is the story of the last bright spark of an aging stage magician’s career. Tati loosely based the film on his own stage career, which happened to start at a time when many stage acts were being muscled out of venues by young, hip rock bands. Supposedly Tati wrote the original script as an attempt to reconcile with his eldest daughter, whom he had abandoned as a baby. This is heavily-disputed. Delicately-rendered and beautifully-told, the Illusionist features no distinguishable dialogue, but its sentiments come across crystal-clear.
An older, struggling French magician takes a gig out in the Scottish boonies, and in the process picks up a new fan who thinks his magic is real. The result is a quirky father/daughter relationship between two strangers, the adoration of one keeping the other going during one of the darkest times of his life.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
If you’re going to talk American animation beyond the big 3 studios then you have to go back, before the Disney Renaissance. If you’re going to talk American animation before the Disney Renaissance then there are two giant, inescapable names that you must address: Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi. Let’s talk about a Don Bluth movie.
It’s easy to forget, now that Disney has been ascendant for 25 years, but from the 60s to the end of the 80s Disney’s animation studio nearly shut down half a dozen times. Having endured this long decline, Don Bluth, one of Disney’s veteran animators and directors, had enough. He left Disney and took 16 of the studio’s animators with him, intent on getting back to basics and producing feature-length animated films again. His name might not ring a bell, but you’ve definitely seen his movies: An American Tail 1 & 2 (the Fievel movies), All Dogs Go To Heaven, Anastasia, and the original Land Before Time were all Don Bluth movies. The Secret of NIMH was actually Bluth’s first post-Disney feature film, which unfortunately means it’s less well-known than some of his later successes.
The Secret of NIMH shows us the life of a simple farm mouse, Mrs. Brisby. Mrs. Brisby’s son is very sick, and she desperately needs help moving him before her home is destroyed by the farmer’s plough. The only ones that can help are the mysterious rats of the rose bush, strange, almost magical creatures that seem to have known her late husband.
American Pop (1981)
If you’re going to talk American animation beyond the big 3 studios then you have to go back, before the Disney Renaissance. If you’re going to talk American animation before the Disney Renaissance then there are two giant, inescapable names that you must address: Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi. Let’s talk about a Ralph Bakshi movie.
The king of rotoscope, Ralph Bakshi is the guy who really created and explored the idea that animation doesn’t always have to be for kids. What’s rotoscope? It’s literally animating on top of live-action footage. For ages it was used as a pre-CGI method for creating special effects (the original Star Wars, for example, featured heavy rotoscoping). Bakshi was the first director to use it to animate entire movies, admittedly with mixed success. Rotoscoping allows for incredibly realistic movement, but is (surprisingly) bad at translating facial expressions.
Considered one of Bakshi’s better movies, American Pop is an alternate history retelling of the rise of pop music in the United States. The story is presented through the eyes of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, each of whom has a profound impact on the music industry of their respective day. It’s a fascinating look at the type of people who defined musical genres through the years.
Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest (Azur et Asmar, 2006)
Another original fairytale from Michel Ocelot! Ocelot has this fantastic skill of drawing from all points of a culture’s folklore and making a movie that’s at once evocative of its inspiration but satisfyingly original.
This time around Ocelot draws from dozens of Arabic folk tales, including some of the more infamous stories of 1,001 Arabian Nights. He also employed a new technique for 3D animation, rendering non-photo-realistic figures on top of painted backgrounds. The effect is absolutely stunning, and gives the entire movie a storybook feeling without looking like a series of drawings. It’s absolutely overflowing with rich colors and intricate arabic designs, and is a complete treat to behold.
The story: On the French countryside two boys are inexplicably born with the exact same destiny: to save the djinn fairy of the east. One is born to a wealthy french household, the other is born to an Arabic nursemaid working in the same household. The boys grow together, are forced apart, and eventually meet back up as fate guides them towards their shared destiny.
A Town Called Panic (Panique au village, 2009)
Most of the animated feature films worth a damn are dramas and serious adventure movies. They can start to weigh on you, if you watch them one after another. That’s why it’s so fantastic that movies like A Town Called Panic exist. An unapologetically silly, borderline nonsensical comedy that injects you into its bizarre world for 80 minutes and keeps you entertained the entire time.
A stop-motion animated feature that uses action figures (kind of like the old KaBlam! shorts on Nickelodeon), based on a Belgian/French TV series of the same name, A Town Called Panic recounts the lives of Horse, Cowboy, and Indian. Three roommates in a small rural town. It’s your average guys-order-too-many-bricks-for-a-birthday-present-then-accidentally-destroy-their-house-then-as-they’re-attempting-to-fix-the-house-with-the-bricks-aquatic-dwellers-start-stealing-their-half-finished-house romp. And it’s a delight. Highly recommended!
The Secret of Kells (2009)
The Secret of Kells is a glorious reminder that 2D animation is very much alive, and capable of being infinitely improved upon. In this case the movie is animated with stylized 2D drawings, but uses computer graphics to add color-washes and other subtle effects. The overall product is an all-too-rare visual treat in a medium that’s increasingly becoming a victim of computer technology, when it should be a beneficiary.
A young boy raised among monks finds his calling as a manuscript illuminator. But in order to become skilled enough to illuminate the legendary Book of Iona he’ll have to brave the dangerous forests of Kells and discover nature’s secrets from its wild pagan spirits.