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Colour coded-cartoons…

June 10, 2009 in Comment

The Guardian recently ran this piece on a series of political caricatures of the candidates in the upcoming Iranian presidential elections. The cartoons are (unsurprisingly) anonymous, and are being distributed virally by email and blogs.

Earlier political events in Iran have been covered in cartoon form by Marjane Satrapi in her graphic novel (and later movie) Persepolis. More Bloghorn coverage of Persepolis can be found here.

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Another animated film for grown-ups

May 29, 2008 in General

An unlikely new trend appears to be emerging in the world of film: animated movies for grown-ups. Hot on the heels of the likes of A Scanner Darkly and Persepolis, comes Waltz with Bashir, which was in competition at the recent Cannes Film Festival. See the trailer above.

It’s billed as an “animated documentary”, as the Writer and director Ari Folman uses animation to depict his haunting but vague recollections of the 1982 Israeli Army invasion of Beirut which he took part in, incorporating also the memories of an old friend.

As film writers would no doubt say: Ratatouille, it ain’t! But it’s fascinating to see this medium used in this way.

It’s British cartoon talent

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The British attitude to words and pictures

April 30, 2008 in General

If you perused the Sunday Times this week, you may have come across a couple of sentences that neatly sum up all that is wrong about the British attitude towards drawings that accompany words.

Cosmo Landesman opens his review of the film Persepolis, which is based on the graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi, with this paragraph:

“I must confess that I have always thought graphic novels were just comic books with literary pretensions. I casually dismissed them as a symptom of our culture’s increasing infantilisation; adults read books, children stories with pictures. Well, having seen Persepolis I’m happy to admit I was wrong.”

Perhaps we can take heart from the last sentence – Cosmo has seen the error of his ways! – but it’s a little depressing to think that anyone could have got that far in life with the attitude that words=good, pictures=bad.

Clearly the PCO has a mountain to climb. But, hey, we’re wearing sturdy boots. Thanks to Rod McKie for drawing the article to our attention.

Let these people put pictures alongside your words …

Animated cartoons

February 25, 2008 in General

Well, it didn’t win the prize for best animated feature at the Oscars, but perhaps it should have. If you haven’t already taken a look at Marjane Satrapi’s film, Persepolis which is about growing up Iran during the 1980s, here is another short chance to explore. It is due to open in some British cinemas in April.

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Cartoon film sans CGI animals nominated

January 23, 2008 in General

Something a bit different is competing alongside the usual anthropomorphic antics in the Best Animated Film category at this year’s Oscars.

Persepolis, a black and white adaptation of two graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi, will be competing alongside the CGI-animated blockbusters Ratatouille and Surf’s Up, it was announced yesterday.

Which means that a French film about a girl who comes of age during the Islamic revolution in Iran is up against a story about a rat who becomes a chef, and a bunch of surfing penguins.

Persepolis is released in the UK in April, and judging from the above trailer it certainly looks like a pretty unique piece of work.

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