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Saturday, July 10, 2004

11:01:31 am , 218 words, 1046 views     Categories: Animation

Cremaster 1+2 + Tweeny Witches 14

Saw Cremaster 1+2, but I don't think I'm going to bother to see the rest. I'm a big fan of deliberately "artsy" films -- L'Ange is one of my favorite films -- but this one just didn't do it for me, for some reason. 1 was downright tedious, possibly because I'd read a brief synopsis beforehand, and there really was nothing more to the entire 30 minutes than just that brief synopsis. 2 was better, and was interesting, but it just left me cold. I just don't find myself convinced. In the dialogue sections the directing borders on embarrassing in a way that obviously wasn't intentional. What are you thinking, Norman Mailer?

Tweeny Witches 14 - Yasuhiro Aoki strikes again! Another one-man-orchestra episode, the first in a while. (In other words, he handled the storyboard, directing, and animation directing.) Excellent episode not only in technical terms -- directing, animation -- but also in terms of the story, which is engaging, challenging and dramatically convincing -- and relevant. World Masterpiece Theater as a place for kids to learn about morality? Fuhgeddit. Tweeny Witches offers much better lessons for impressionable minds in this age of pre-emptive wars for oil.

But then, I have yet to be let down by this show. Obara's writing is great. (I think he's the main reason Samurai Champloo is watchable.)


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