Wednesday, February 1, 2012
“Dimanche” (“Sunday” in English) is an interesting film technically, but the story is half-baked and the animation matches that sentiment.
“Wildlife” by Forbis and Tilby is a dramatic study of the poor choices of an Englishman who wanted to be a rancher in Canada. The animation is beautiful and creatively conceived. The storytelling technique is also novel, for animation. The story itself: tragic. It is a great warning for those who would desire a romantic vision without the mundane work required to realize it. Teens-agers and midlife-crisisers take heed.
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” by Joyce and Oldenburg is rather standard by today’s technical standards. This sort of animation is a common albeit well done. However, the story itself is a beautiful poem to the love and culture of books. The way books and the stories they carry make life a richer experience. Ironically, this ode to books is also the launch of a new iPad App. So maybe that love of books only goes so far…