Sunday, February 22, 2009
Everyone knows about the brown ball of pure wonderment and awesomeness that is Cheburashka, but the Russian Winnie The Pooh is new to me. I can't get over how beautiful it is. Everything from the way the characters are drawn to the amazing backgrounds to the voices to the actual animation. I love how Winnie's feet actually detach from his body as he walks. (Hey, like Oliver Pikk now that I think about it!) And Piglet is just too cute. And I can't get over the backgrounds. I love that it throws perspective out the door and uses what looks like crayons of every color in every object. It almost looks like it was done by a Russian Eric Carle!
As much as I admire old school Disney, it's frustrating how most mainstream American animation can't escape the heritage of ol' Uncle Walt. Just like Kirby on American comics, or Tezuka on manga. It's so refreshing to see something completely outside of the visual language I'm used to.