A Random Blog of Everything I like
It’s been a while since I put my Monday Movies icon (with my nephew as the model 😉 ). I think today is the perfect day to share his smile on my blog again 😉
Anyway, I have been watching a lot of animations lately and I tried to be more open toward western animations, as you can see there are 4 western animation and only 2 Japanese animations. I always like Japanese animation more than western animation because the Japanese one has more depth than the western one, however once in a while I found a gem amongst western animations, one of them is Coraline. From now on, I am adding Brave to one of my favorite western animations 🙂
So, here are all the animations I watched lately :).
Bolt was a famous dog, a movie star. He thought he was a real superhero. When he got lost, he learned from a stray cat that he was just a dognot a superhero.
Typical and predictable animation. Not much to offer, kids might like it…but it was just okay for me. I have seen this kind of theme so often. It does have good moral message for children, that much I admit.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
I remember that many people think that Toy Story trilogy as one of their favorite trilogies. I guess there’s something wrong with me because even after I saw all three of them, I still think Toy Story as a fun animation but not even in my top 10 list of favorite animations. I like the theme about toys and children, it is very creative and it’s really good for children, I would definitely show it to my child if I ever have one in the future but it doesn’t appeal me that much as a grown up.
Toy Story 3 has a nice end about separation. The beginning and the ending of Toy Story three is the best of all, the journey of the toys going back to Andy’s house is a bit similar to previous series, so it feels a bit flat. Thank God for the beginning and ending, it shows more emotion than the rest of the movie, the feeling of being abandoned and wanting to be needed again.
Monsters Vs Aliens (2009)
I watched this last week. I didn’t have any expectation and knew nothing about the story. I watched it blindly. The story is about a girl who got hit by a meteor on her wedding day. She became a strong giant and captured by the military. It turned out that there were 4 other monsters in that base. When alien came to earth, the military used these monsters to fight the alien.
I actually like the friendship theme that this animation trying to deliver to the audience HOWEVER there are TOO many forced comedy and instead of making the animation funny…it bored me so much. One of the examples is when the military man explained about the monsters, one woman kept screaming at the sight of the monster and when the woman had been taken out, the president became the screaming one. Seriously…it’s not funny!!
Blood C – The Last Dark (2012)
I love Blood- The Last Vampire because it was a dark animation with stunning martial art. I like Saya, she is a much better slayer than Buffy. She has the right attitude, simply said she is a bad ass samurai.
Blood C – The last Dark totally sucks!! I first heard about this from Jason, my fellow Japanese cinephile. I searched for it and felt incredible disappointed. I didn’t even finish the movie. I only managed to see it for 30 minutes and then I turned it off.
CLAMP (a group of Mangaka) really ruined the image of Saya. I found out later that CLAMP’s version of Blood is a bit like another universe to the Saya I love. The story is completely different, I wonder why they didn’t just make new character instead of borrowing Saya from Blood-The last Vampire.
I often got recommendation of certain animations, they said that this animation or that animation is great …but it always turned out into a fun movie but not great enough to be in the list of my favorite animation. And the one no one recommended to me turned out to be the awesome one…yes, I am talking about Coraline. Brave is the first recommended animation that I finally love 🙂
Finally…a princess story which isn’t about finding prince charming!! A princess who is so independent and tomboyish. Simply said, the kind of princess I like. Merida is not a damsel in distress who needs man to rescue her. She is her own rescuer! For the first time EVER, I enjoy Disney’s princess movie.
Brave is set on Scotland (love hearing all that Scottish accent). Merida, the princess, is a girl who enjoys riding a horse and archery. Her mother wants her to be like a real princess. She teaches Merida to be elegant and ready to be a wife. But Merida doesn’t want an arrange marriage, she wants to determine her own life. Her decision makes her mother furious. Her refusal makes her relationship with her mother heats up.
This is one of my favorite quotes from Merida as she refuses her fate to be forcedly married.
“I am Merida, first descendent of clan Dunbroch, and I’ll be shooting for my own hand!”
Merida meets a witch and asks her whether she has a spell to change her mother. What Merida means is to change her mother’s feeling or decision but the witch changes her mother into a bear. And that’s when the bond between mother and daughter becomes stronger than ever.
I always like the mix of beautiful green scenery and impossible magic and Brave has a lot of that. The thing I like the most about Brave is the fact that it’s about the love between mother and daughter and no handsome prince needed. Merida is also so normal, a princess unlike other Disney’s princess. I also like the accent (I know I have said it before 😉 ) and the scoring.
Brave Story (2006)
I love the way Japanese writer’s imagination! They can imagine things beyond believe and not over the top. Brave Story is one of those cool imaginations…another world so different to this world. If you ever read my serial (Aqeela and Me), it is heavily inspired by Japanese manga and anime.
Brave Story is based on book by one of my favorite writers, Miyuki Miyabe (but I haven’t read this one yet). The book has been turned into Manga, film and video games. The story is about a boy names Wataru. He meets an unusual boy with magical power. Mitsuru, his new friend, tells him that there’s a door that can change everything. When Wataru’s mom decides to commit suicide after the divorce, Wataru follows Mitsuru to the other world to save his mother. Wataru must find 5 gems so that he can meet God of Fortune that will grant him one wish. Wataru remains pure while Mitsuru changes into an awful witch who will try anything to get that one wish.
Unfortunately none of the characters is interesting. What I like about this anime is the imagination. The world that Miyabe has created is interesting. As always, there’s no real baddies in Japanese anime, everyone has his/her own good and bad side.
It’s a fun animation but not as strong as other Japanese animation. It also lacks of that awed factor that Ghibli often delivers in their movies…a fantasy with depth like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.
Have you watched any of those animations? What do you think?