Thursday, March 01, 2007

US Paprika Trailer Released

This anime got rave reviews at the New York Film Festival, and it looks remarkable. It's about a 29 year-old psychotherapist that has the ability to look inside peoples' dreams, helping her to diagnose their problem. Ordinarily, that would sound soul-crushingly boring. But, watch the trailer and tell me that don't look cool.

PS. I love the quote from the New York Times:

"Evidence that Japanese animators are reaching for the moon, while most of their American counterparts remain stuck in the kiddie sandbox."

Which actually brings up an interesting point. Pretty much only in America are animated films and TV shows considered almost exclusively for kids. In quite a bit of the rest of the world (especially Japan), animation is a valid form of adult storytelling. There's been several attempts by US animators to break away from the "kiddie" stigma, but they haven't met with much success. The ones that DO make it, are usually CGI animations (like Shrek), or limited series like Samurai Jack. Anyway, it just excites me to no end to see good anime distributed in the US.

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