Friday night movie

>> Friday, March 27, 2009

In honor of Nathan's recent behind-the-scenes challenge, I present my favorite species of amphibian in my favorite animated film by my favorite director of animation (and several of you no doubt already know what follows even without the YouTube screenshot):

(Happy Friday, everybody!)


neurondoc Friday, March 27, 2009 at 10:26:00 AM EDT  

I despise this one. Like totally hate it and always have. Don't know why. Stupid frog. Am I out of the will?

Eric Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11:25:00 AM EDT  

Yes, you're out of the will.

This is a perfect animated film. It tells a completely comprehensible and fully-plotted story with no dialogue and the only voice in the film is a singing frog. O'course some people find Jones' distinctive drawing style too cute, and I guess I can understand that tho' I disagree vehemently (I find his characters' expressive eyes marvellously done).

So I'm pretty curious as to why you hate it, although you say you don't know why. Is it something to do with the style of animation? Something about the songs? The frog? A general aversion to animation, or a general aversion to Jones? Is it something visceral about the way the man is assumed to be crazy (and perhaps he is--only one other character ever sees the frog sing!) and is destroyed over the course of the film (including an incarceration in a "psychopathic hospital")?

Any ideas?

Jim Wright Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11:58:00 AM EDT  

Free Beer!


But you couldn't make this cartoon today - because "Free Beer!" + The Homeless + and The Mentally Ill = not funny.

neurondoc Friday, March 27, 2009 at 1:38:00 PM EDT  

It's the mess that the fucking frog makes of that poor bastard. I have no beef with the animation or the amazing ability to tell a story without words other than the songs. I just hate that frog. I generally love animated films that aren't too precious (Monsters, Inc anyone?).

Am I still out of the will?

neurondoc Friday, March 27, 2009 at 1:39:00 PM EDT  

Although Miyazaki's version of Howl's Moving Castle was a combination of beautiful and an abomination. I'm still mad about that one...

Eric Friday, March 27, 2009 at 2:47:00 PM EDT  

Enh, alright ND, I'll think about writing you back into the will. It might have to be in the form of a trust fund, however. ;-)

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