A Random Blog of Everything I like
I watched three different styles of animation…the last one (in my review) is clearly my favorite style since the day I began watching animation. It’s not so easy for me to accept digital animation, I still prefer the old style where people are still using their hand to draw the animation.
The stories are also different. I was planning to watch Japanese animation too but 4 movies will end up in an extremely long post…so the Japanese one will be for later 😉
Let’s begin the review 🙂
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
ParaNorman is a 3D stop-motion animated film. I have heard about ParaNorman from a friend but haven’t got the chance to see it till now. It’s supposed to be a comedy horror tho it’s more to comedy than horror for me. Zombie never frightened me.
I really like ParaNorman because the story turns out to be different from what I expected from the trailer. I often able to predict how American animation (from Pixar, Dreamwork and Disney) will end, none has ever surprised me (not even the movie I am going to review next)…ParaNorman has that element of surprised, there are still predictable characters, but over all the ending is unexpected. It isn’t as great as Coraline but it’s still fun and unpredictable turns of story is always much appreciated.
Director: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
Voice cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jodelle Ferland, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Bernard Hill, Elaine Stritch, Tempestt Bledsoe, John Goodman, Alex Borstein
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
I watched this simply because it gets too famous to be overlooked. Almost all the girls in my sixth grade class enjoy it and many people say it’s a great movie. I do have my doubt considering it’s from Disney. But BRAVE had left me impressed and I dare say it’s the best princess animation by Disney. So I dare myself to go and watch Frozen.
…Seriously, Frozen is one of the most overrated movies I have ever watched. It doesn’t life up to the hype at all…it is just another extremely predictable Disney princess movie….and typical characters. My friend told me it’s about sister bond…yeah right!! The sisters don’t even know each other, it is more about Anna and Kristoff. My Neighbour Totoro (makes me want to see it again) has a way better sister bond than Frozen.
I almost drop the movie after 30 minutes of boring singing and all pretty and perfect princess bouncing here and there….but I continued to see what happens next because I was watching it with my friend. I quite like the scene where Elsa create the ice castle…that’s the only best thing on this animation.
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Voice cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad,Santino Fontana
The Secret of Kells (2009)
The animated story of the boy behind the famed Book of Kells.
Why is this movie has lower rating in imdb than Frozen is beyond me (although in metascore it’s much higher than Frozen) because it is WAAAAAYYYY better than Frozen in MANY ways.
I have never heard of this animation before until I saw it in Ruth’s blog, Flixchatter and then she recommended it for me through her comment (here). I look for the trailer and I was awed by the art, it reminded me so much of the art on Ghibli animation. The trailer mesmerized me even though I have no idea what’s the story is all about.
I like the fact that I couldn’t guess what happens next, everything is magical in this animation. I know instantly when I saw the monks that the movie was about Christianity but it didn’t show much of that aspect. It didn’t focus on the religion even though (after doing some research) the Book of Kells was real, it is an illuminated manuscript of the Bible which has since become an Irish national treasure.
The movie highlighted the life of little monk named Brendan; it covered his life inside the wall and his friendship with a forest fairy named Aisling.
Again, I have to mention the stunning artwork..it was truly a delight to see. So beautiful and enchanting, as magical as the fairy. I have never seen such stunning artwork in an animated movies other than animation from Ghibli. The Secret of Kells and Coraline are the only two western animation (so far) which can awed me as much as Ghibli’s.
Check this slideshow to see how beautiful the world of Kells is
From this interview in AWN.com, I found out that the animators were indeed inspired by Ghibli and other 2D animation
“The main stylistic influences outside of medieval art that we referenced were Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samarai Jack, which uses so many international filmic and art influences so well, Miyazaki’s gentle early work like Totoro, Michel Ocelots 2D work and of course The Thief and the Cobbler, and Hungarian folktale films from Kecskemet film studio.”
No wonder I instantly fallen in love with the art and the story. You can read a more thorough review at Flixchatter.
I guess you can easily see what kind of animation I enjoy the most…I always enjoy an animation with stunning artwork and beautiful, unpredictable story. I like animations that have imagination beyond real world not so fluffy and childish.
I am now waiting for The Song of The Sea by the same makers of The Secret of Kells
I will close this post with a song from The Secret of Kells.