In Defence of Animation
As regular readers may recall, I recently posted a video clip called En Tus Brazos, which was an animated short about a tango dance between a husband and wife. One of the comments I received concerning that clip suggested that the short film would be improved if a real actor and actress had played the leading roles. I’ve turned this over in my mind more than a few times, and I’ve decided to post a short defence of animation.
I love all forms of animation. As a mother of 3, I watch a lot of animation with my kids. We have the full Disney collection on video. We watch The Nightmare Before Christmas every Halloween. We visited the Pixar exhibition more times that I can remember. We think Nick Park is a genius. I think it would be fair to say that I was raising my kids with an appreciation for the animated medium!
The various techniques used in animation absolutely fascinate me and I love to see what innovations animators are coming up with. From line-drawing to stop motion to computer generated, I just so admire those who have mastered the skills involved to produce an animation. But, you know, it’s so much more than the technological innovation that I love. It’s also the content, the messages, the stories that animation has the capacity to tell.
Animation can be powerful and political:
It can be surprising:
It can be thought provoking:
It can be educational:
And it can offer fresh interpretations of already known works:
What it is not, however, is a poor man’s substitute for acted drama.
Do you agree? Do you have a favourite clip that you would like to share? What was your favourite childhood animation?
If you have enjoyed these clips, why not head over to my Tumblr blog where I have posted some more animation which has touched me.