I have always had this fascination with animation. I was that teenage kid that was excited for Disney Pixar and Dreamworks animated movies to come out. Not for the goofy laughs, but just because I thought the art form was amazing.
I remember being amazed to learn that “Chicken Run” was a series of thousands of pictures and the characters were all moved by hand. It blew me away when I watched “Kubo and the Two Strings” a while back. It just seems flawless. At the same time, I appreciate the handled look of Wes Anderson’s quirky “Fantastic Mr. Fox” as well.
I think I always looked at animation as an art form and not a genre. It’s not exclusively reserved for kids. A couple of my favorite animated films, “My Life as a Zucchini”, and “9”, are rated PG-13 and carry deeper and more mature themes.
Animation is art, not just goofy kids stuff all the time.
That’s why I admire Brad Bird so much. Brad is known for being an awesome director. He’s worked in more than animation, but he is a master at the art in my opinion. I love his films, “The Incredibles” and “The Iron Giant”. They have a certain magic to them that even many of the other “Disney Magic” films can’t muster up.
Check this video that was put together by Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr. It’s inspiring.
I’m excited to see where the art of animation will take us as more stories are told through this form. And remember to look out for Incredibles 2, also directed by Brad Bird, die to come out summer 2018.
Do yourself a favor and look up any of these other beautiful animated features you haven’t seen yet.