It’s another Thursday, which means a new entry to Thursday Movie Picks, hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s theme: animated movies. I love animated movies - I thought I would have grown out of them by now but nope! I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow them. There are so many to choose from! Here are my picks this week:
I decided to go with foreign animated films for this week, starting off with Ernest & Celestine. It's about an unlikely friendship between a bear and a mouse. I like the way this was drawn, the color palette was mute and yet the characters and the surroundings are quite charming.
I wanted to go with a Studio Ghibli film, but decided to write about the craziest Japanese animated movie I've seen so far. To make things simpler, Paprika is similar to Inception, in where Paprika (her alter ego) would enter people's dreams and try to work out their psychological problems. This is done via a machine, and this method (as well as the practice itself) is still in experimentation mode. There are still glitches in the machine, particularly when anyone else can infiltrate the person's dream, and the machines are being used for unlawful reasons. It's quite vibrant and even I myself am finding it difficult to explain without going through the whole plot, so this is something that you have to see for yourself.
Chico & Rita is a love story that spans through decades, touching on Cuban culture and music. It basically narrates the different stages and challenges of their lives. It's charming and I like how alive it looked and felt.