Animated Films At VIFF 2012
Above photo from THE MONKEY KING — UPROAR IN HEAVEN 3D(Da nao tian gong) (China | Dir: Su Da, Chen Zhihong)
This has been an amazing year for animation! We’re excited not only about the wonderful selection of animated features and shorts in this year’s festival, but by the growing interest in the animated classics of the past. The Chinese Monkey King gets an eye-popping 3D restoration on its 50th anniversary, A Liar’s Autobiography (also in 3D) celebrates Graham Chapman's inimitable work with Monty Python, and Persistence of Vision tells the story of what could have been the greatest animated feature of all time, The Thief and the Cobbler.
There's plenty for the kids here, but there's also a tremendous seriousness of purpose and heartfelt artistry to these films. Comic book superheroes may rule the multiplex, but in the wide world of cinema, more rarefied and grown-up tastes are being well served! More and more, the use of animation sequences and devices enhance “photo-based” movies, and while graphic novels break new artistic ground, along comes Cartoon College to introduce us to the great animators of the printed page.
Watch for the fabulous Miyazaki series coming to the PCP and Vancity Theatre in late fall!
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