animation

Day #76, April 15th, 2016.

Still from How to Train Your Dragon (2010).

Dreamworks’ HTTYD stormed theaters and changed everyone’s perception of dragons. No longer (just) the fiery monsters who need to be slayed for victory, dragons could now be considered upsized versions of adorable cats. 

A coming-of-age film, an action-adventure, a buddy comedy, and an instant animation classic: all this rolled into a joint of dazzling colors in the landscape, a background for all the thrill to unfold.

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Day #62, April 1st, 2016.

Still from Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).

Kung Fu Panda 3 is the best of the trilogy, and that’s saying something. It has everything we already expect: kickass, unstoppable A-grade humor, absolutely gorgeous 3D animation, amazeballs action sequences and a meaningful, heartwarming story.

But this one stands out on its spiritual intensity alone; while the first two had some beautiful things to say about identity and self-awareness, this one is a serene, soulful haiku on finding one’s place in the universe, and being okay with whatever you unearth. Endless wisdom, and proof that a great film is never just a film.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 And Spiritual Awareness

We are extremely lucky to be living in a golden age of blockbuster animated cinema: a time where our mainstream colorful biggies wrestle not with mere physical challenges, but with intensely self-aware psychological and spiritual ones.

Let me just start off by saying this: Kung Fu Panda 3 is the best of the trilogy. It has everything we already expect: kickass, unstoppable A-grade humor, absolutely gorgeous 3D animation, amazeballs action sequences and a meaningful, heartwarming story.
But this one stands out on its spiritual intensity alone; while the first two had some beautiful things to say about identity and self-awareness, this one is a soulful haiku on finding one’s place in the universe, and being okay with whatever you unearth. There is endless wisdom here, and proof that a great film is never just a film.

Based on the concept of ‘chi’ that signifies the energy present in all living things, the movie’s journey is one of achieving serenity and oneness with all of creation. The plot of this film is home to ancient Chinese philosophy, the simple concept that having two dads is the same as having a dad and a mom, solving earthly confusion and hurt through laughter and compassion, healing through growth – the list goes on and on.

I wish there was more I could say about how peacefully charming this movie is, but I’d be wasting your time. In times like these, where the world is perpetually at war with itself, a kid raised on these steady offerings from Disney-Pixar and Dreamworks will grow up to be a citizen of the world, and learn, in due time, that it is never too late to do the right thing. With works of art like these, we’re teaching them the only way to save our world.

Day #44, March 15th, 2016.

Still from Wreck-It Ralph (2012).

An extraordinary film no matter how you look at it: retrograde coolness, moral strength, explosively imaginative, emotionally rich, complex and plain, old-school good vs. evil standing up to the system tale of a frontrunning underdog.

That last scene has made me cry so many times I’ve lost count. The kind of film you wish to watch with your kids someday. 

Day #43, March 14th, 2016.

Quote from Waking Life (2001).

Richard Linklater is a gift from the universe to mankind. There has to be some sort of assertive cosmic ballet going on just beyond our senses to make a soul as inconceivably nourished with the power of learning and bestowed with the superpower of rendering the unspeakable into verbal actuality with the help of dialogue in film.

Waking Life is many things: a dream masquerading as cinema, cinema masquerading as a dream, a call for taking up arms against the controlled regiments of sane consciousness, a tale of absurdist philosophy. Every moment filters into the next without explanation or effort. Just like life.