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Adventure Time

11 Apr

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What time is it? It is time for a new post. The TV Series that I am going to review today is called Adventure Time.  After going through a few animation series from my childhood, I came to the conclusion that many of them are like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella Le Petit Prince (1943). While I was studying literature, my professor told me that this novella holds a different meaning for each stage of life – child, adult, elder. As an adult, watching kids shows, I am left amazed and stupefied. Most of these shows are not for children, their plot and narrative are not child appropriate, even though the content is presented in a childish manner and this TV Series is one of them.

Adventure Time is an American animated television series created in 2010 by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The show is on-going, so new episodes are coming soon – hurrah! The plot of this series is genius and in combination with the original drawing style, this show manages to entertain not only visually, but also intellectually. The plot presents us with a post-apocalyptic world in which the humans are mostly extinct except for Finn, who is a 14 year old boy (voiced by Jeremy Shada). Because Finn was adopted by a family of magical dogs as a baby, Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio) the magical shape shifting dog, is his adoptive brother and best friend.

These two characters go on a diversity of adventures in which they save princesses and take on different challenges that are a rite of passage in their becoming of age and true heroes of the Land of Ooo. Many fans of this show consider that it would look much better if it would be drawn in an anime style. I disagree, because the original style gives the narrative a certain easiness in assimilating it and attracts children by its bright colours and characters. I love anime and manga, but the Eastern drawing style many times seems too serious for me and more focusing on young adults than children.

Many times the problems that Finn and Jake try to fix are actually serious and realistic, although explained and told in a childish way.  A random fact that I found interesting is that the source of inspiration for this show was the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons as well as video games. This is show is extremely funny, put together in a smart way, leaving you wanting more and with every eleven minutes you feel like you are truly on an fantastic adventure.

P.S.

My favourite Adventure Time character is Marceline the Vampire Queen (voiced by Olivia Olson). Which one do you guys like?

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

7 Apr

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I am quite excited about this post because I love animation. Believe it or not I am little bit of an otaku and yes this is not an anime, but I find comparing and analysing the Western animation with the Eastern one, is quite culturally satisfying. In the end, I decided on writing about Hotel Transylvania and not an anime because: 1) recently seen it and wanted to review it;
2) the kid inside me went hysterical after seeing it.

If you are a 90’s kid, then you have most likely grown up watching Cartoon Network shows and it is my greatest honour to write about the feature film debut of Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Sym-Bionic Titan. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 computer-animated American comedy, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky -the creator of some of my most loved childhood animations– and produced by Michelle Murdocca.  This raised the expectations I had for this animation miles high and I am most glad to confess that it met them all the way. If this has not convinced you already to see this film than the cast list surely will. This film features the voices of Adam Sandler (Count Dracula), Andy Samberg (Jonathan), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James (Frank), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Steve Buscemi (Wayne Werewolf), Molly Shannon(Wanda Werewolf), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man) and Cee Lo Green (Murray the Mummy).

The structure of the plot has pretty much a decreasing flow, which allows you to get enough information, on the protagonists at least, and to get attached to the characters. We are introduced in the mythical land of Romania in the region called Transylvania, where our protagonist Count Dracula, after losing his wife, decides to build a place where he can raise his daughter Mavis and shelter other monsters that seek refuge from the human world. All is well until the arrival of a human, the 21 year old Jonathan, which turns Dracula’s life upside down. The story is incredibly entertaining and original, pulling you in a world of fantasy filled with all the monsters you can think of. It is like a monster open buffet, you have werewolves, Frankenstein and his wife, a mummy, Big Foot, Griffin the Invisible Man, zombies, witches, vampires, walking skeletons and so on.

The script is so well written that the jokes make you laugh out loud, and the voices are synced with the animation permitting it to flow naturally. The animation itself is what I appreciate the most about this film. Tartakovsky’s style is observable in the way the characters interact, their expressions – especially Dracula’s angry face reminds me of Dexter’s father-, but more polished than the series he worked on. As his feature film debut, I consider, he did a marvellous job.This film is so good that it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and a sequel, titled Hotel Transylvania 2, has already been scheduled to be released in theatres on September 25, 2015. I recommend this film wholeheartedly for all you animation lovers out there, believe me, you will not regret watching it. Enjoy!