Monday, 31 December 2007
Top Ten Animated Shorts of 2007
Hedgehog In The Fog is a movie I read about before actually viewing. It was described as being in many people's estimation the finest animation ever. This is a heck of an accolade to live up to. The only way is down from such heights. In the review (See Blog) I spoke of the technique used to make the 1975 movie, of the warm voice of the narrator, the sheer beauty of the animation. All true. But this is a movie that reminds us of the goodness in life. When the hedgehog is being swept away to her death by the river, it's altogether in keeping with the movie that she is rescued by some unseen being and helped on her way to deliver her parcel of raspberry jam. Yuriy Norshteyn's film is a worthy second place and although the link is to YouTube, the compilation recommended by me in October takes (almost) pride of place on my rapidly expanding shelf of DVDs. And so to ....
Father and Daughter directed by Michael Dudok de Wit was always going to be my number 1. (See Blog) I find it hard not to watch without a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. It is a tale of loss and a longing for something or someone that never fades, throughout the passage of time. It takes a young girl from the shore where she watched her father row out to sea, through all the stages of her life, teenager, lover, mother, old woman. And still she returns to search for the father who left her. Of course it is not literal, of course her father will never/ can never return. But she still hopes. This astonishingly accomplished movie fulfils in every sense. The music is perfect, the images of bicycle, trees, seasons, sea are rendered with exquisite care. The link is by necessity to YouTube but my Christmas present from my family was Best of British Animation Awards Vol.4 which includes Michael's work. I also received volumes 1, 2, 3 & 5 for the princely sum (as I discover now) of £80. Happy New Year and if you have not seen either of the two selected movies, set aside some of your time to see just how good animation can be.