First of all I want to say that I love animation movies. When I was a child, my father who was an artist, explained to me and my sisters how animation worked. He made a number of drawings from a running boy, from the start to finish. He called these drawing frames. He put the drawings on a stack and held them with his thumb, moving them quickly bottom up. My sisters and I saw the boy running. Amazing!
So that was my first knowledge of animation. At that time (the end of 1970es) my sisters and I were fan of Disney’s classic animation movies such tas Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, The lady and the tramp, 101 Dalmatians, Jungle Book & Alice in Wonderland.
My love for animation movies has continued untill now. One of my favourite is Mulan from Disney. Mulan was released in 1998. It is based on a Chinese legend about a tomboy girl, disguised as a girl to fight in war. Unlike other Disney main characters at that time, Mulan is refreshing. She knows what she wants and how to get it. If you want to know more about Hua Mulan the legend, read the comparison of Disney Mulan and Mulan the legend.
The animation and the frames are beautiful. The colours, with much reddish tones, are vivid, yet the lines are clean but not clinical. The scene when the soldiers activate the warning system by lighting fire at the post on Chinese Great Wall is amazing. The finale shows a battle in the Forbidden City. I love Mushu, the irritating little dragon. And I love Mulan’s grandma, she is witty and chill.
A few years later, a sequel was released but it is not as good as the first one. Perhaps Disney hoped to score again which unfortunately didn’t happen.
I love animated movies as I know how difficult it is to make them. I appreciate the craft and the makers. Animated movies always make me happy. I don’t think they are only for children. Adults enjoy watching animated movies too. Moreover there is a child in everyone of us.
Now I am patiently waiting for the sequel of The Incredibles. Pixar, Disney or whoever makes it, it’d better be good!