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by Royston

Animated film triumphs at Golden Globes

January 12, 2009 in Comment

The animated film Waltz With Bashir was one of the winners at the Golden Globes, significantly triumphing not in an animation category but as Best Foreign Language Film.

The film, tipped by the Bloghorn as one to watch back in May, sees Israeli writer and director Ari Folman using animation to depict his memories of fighting in the Israeli Army during the 1982 invasion of Beirut.

It beat such acclaimed live action films as The Baader Meinhof Complex and Gomorrah. Less surprisingly, Pixar’s Wall-E was Best Animated Film. Here’s a ful list of results.

by Royston

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