Archive for August 6th, 2011

By Bob Clark

For the next month we’re going to see something a little different in the Saturday Anime line-up. First of all, we’re not actually going to see any anime, per-se. Granted, I’ve used this space to review other animated works that don’t technically qualify as such before, not coming from Japan in any creative capacity whatsoever. Still, somewhere in works like Peter Chung’s Aeon Flux and Firebreather or even in Lucas & Filoni’s The Clone Wars there’s a perceptible trace lineage of anime’s influence to be found, just as surely as the works of Ford or Kurosawa can be seen guiding the hands of Sergio Leone in any of his films (call them, as well as something like Avatar: The Last Airbender, “spaghetti anime”, for lack of a better term). For what I have in mind for the next four weeks, however, there can be no comparison made, as we’ll be looking at animation hailing from the other end of the globe, across another pond altogether, and corresponding to all its own sets of cultural norms and personal idiosyncrasies that, when compared to most other animated works hailing from the West or anywhere else, one could be forgiven for thinking they come from another planet altogether. They might as well, in the case of a man like Rene Laloux.


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