Fantasia Film Review: Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below

(Source: FantasiaFestival.com)

Since I discovered Fantasia, I’ve noticed it has its share of animation. By chance, I’ve rarely managed to land any tickets for the animation films. This time I decided to correct that oversight. Like the Mythbusters often say, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. I ended up with a ton of anime or anime-inspired films this year. Cool 🙂

First up the bat, is the longest movie title this year: Makoto Shinkai’s Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below. The comparisons to Hayao Miyasaki’s Chihiro’s Voyage (titled Spirited Away for the English market) are unavoidable, as well as the influence of Studio Ghibli’s animation. That is actually a good thing here. The quality is superb, the pacing is unhurried, and the entire feel of the film and plot development is top notch. There’s little things here and there that are not essential to the plot but I end up loving. Regular life and routine are not seen as a bad thing. None of the characters are evil in themselves, some of them are even given the chance to redeem themselves without eternal condemnation. The fact that the movie treats this without much fanfare is very nice.

In mainstream filmmaking, we immediately stereotype characters by their actions. Good guy helps someone. Bad guy kills people who can’t defend themselves. In this movie, everyone has a mission and a task but it doesn’t define them. Sometimes surviving an encounter with godlike powers is achievement enough. I was so happy after this movie that I went back to the line and got more movies, since initially I only had five.

Stay tuned 🙂

Coming up!

  • July 22: Lloyd The Conqueror
  • July 26: The King of Pigs
  • July 27: Dragon (Wu Xia)
  • July 28: Arjun The Warrior Prince
  • July 31: A Fantastic Fear of Everything
  • August 4: Space Battleship Yamato
  • August 7: Painted Skin: The Resurrection
  • August 9: A Boy and His Samurai

(Sources: Fantasia Film FestivalChildren Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below)

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