Saturday, January 26, 2008

Last weekend I saw the animated and Oscar nominated film "Persepolis" and it really is one of those films everyone can enjoy ("Something for the whole family"). It depicts the story of Marjane Satrapi growing up and escaping/leaving revolutionary Iran. The film is wonderfully animated (ah the French know a thing or two about cartooning), and beautifully designed. The design generally follows from Satrapi's comic book illustrations, but you really can't just animate a comic book to make a film. The film makers have done a great job of maintaining the spirit and style of Starapi while adding the depth, weight and dimensionality that animation requires. The story is also extended and shortened where necessary to work as a film rather than a book. If you have a chance, see it or rent it when it becomes available.

PS. Not that I give too much weight to the Oscars but it's a damn shame that Persepolis and Ratatouille were both nominated as both films are stand-outs - can't they give 'em a shared award?



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