Thursday, February 16, 2012

Watchmen and other adult animated movies

I like watching animated movies. In India this is considered to be a bit unusual, and very few full length animation movies are made here, and none for adults. Luckily, my wife enjoys animation movies too. However where we differ is in my interest in watching "serious" animation / adult animation. Today, I had a chance to watch the Watchmen Animated movie, Tales of the Black Freighter (not the one currently running in theatres). I had never heard of Watchmen, and I am not too much into graphic comics, though I have read a bit of Neil Gaiman (Sandman series). The animation of this movie is so beautiful, yet quite horrifying too. While seeing it in my home on a laptop is one thing, I am sure if I had to watch it in a movie hall, it would be quite satifyingly terrrifying. Strong emotions conveyed through animation can be really amazing.
Here I would also like to mention a few other strongly presented beautiful animations that I have nejoyed recently. An animated movie called Metropolis, that was a japanese sci-fi, showing a huge city run by robots, had great emotional scenes between a boy and a girl who turns out to be a robot. Final fantasy-the spirits within was another really enjoyable 3-D animation sci-fi flick. I really enjoyed Persepolis, an Iranian B & W animation about the life of a women before, during and after the revolution. There are certain things that animation can convey so beautifully, probably more vividly, than even real life movies. This was something that I was not aware of. Finally, no unconventional (read outside hollywood movies) can be complete without talking about Japanese anime, specifically Hayao Miyazaki and his beautiful, female centric, strongly plotted animated classics like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and many others.
I look forward to watching the Watchmen on big screen if and when it comes to Chandigarh.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting about The Black Freighter. I'd forgotten about it, but it's one that I want to check out. If you haven't seen Redline yet I bet you'd love it.