Monday, March 05, 2007

paprika








I just now heard about Paprika, the new Satoshi Kon film due out May 25th. It looks to be some kind of trippy, and I'm excited. Except for Perfect Blue, which really gave me the heebie jeebies, I have enjoyed his other works, in particular Millennium Actress. This article of praise was pulled from the trailer:

"Evidence that Japanese animators are reaching for the moon, while most of their American counterparts remain stuck in the kiddie sandbox." -Manohla Dargis of The New York Times

So true, lady. While we're recycling old material and feeding cheap sequels to our kids, it's not hard to make us look bad. We do it to ourselves. By "we" I mean our pathetic big-shot American studios who rush through the writing process to get to effects. Pixar is excluded from this, naturally. You've heard about John Lasseter's changes within Disney, right? Pulling this, re-writing that...opening a new studio for its hopefully glorious (and long-awaited) return to hand-drawn 2-D masterpieces. If they can't revive traditional animation in the US, I might have to move to Japan. とても悲しいです。

In other Japanese animation news, I heard Studio Ghibli's latest release, Tales from Earthsea, won't come to the US any time before 2009 because the SciFi Channel's live-action version has the rights. Booo. And though it's no Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece (directed instead by his eldest son, Goro) the Ghibli stamp holds more sway with me than say, Dreamworks. And so I wait.

5 comments:

LOKIhsu said...

Earthsea was the coolest...and the Sci-fi movie was so bad it made me cry :...(

Anonymous said...

oh and i totally wanna see paprika

Tillie Sain said...

So I've heard. Stupid Sci-Fi Channel. Maybe we can find our own version somewhere...

Emily C. said...

I dunno...I saw Earthsea last summer and thought it was kinda meh. Cool dragons though. And as for Paprika, Satoshi Kon Love! Can't wait for this movie to come out. Maybe they will release it at the Sunshine or the Angelica. I wish I would have told you about "The Girl who Jumped Through Time" at the Children's Film Festival at Cantor...I think it is an anime film that might be up your alley.

-Emi.

Janie Mac said...

Traditional animation is preferred, of course, but who DOESN'T love the BRILLIANTLY computer animated "Jakers" cartoon?!