Archive for September, 2011

Edit i ja (Edit and I) 2009

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 26, 2011 by dpallee

Edi (left) and Edit (middle being pushed by truck) from the 2009 movie "Edit i ja

I stumbled upon this fantastic movie via Youtube and would press the animation enthusiast to watch the 2009 sci-fi action movie Edit i ja (Edit and I) This film is brought to life on screen from the creative mind of Aleksa Gajic, noted Serbian comic artist, story written by Valerie Mangin. This has to be one of the best illustrated films I’ve seen to date with techno cityscapes and muted colors to give an urban feel to the 2074 streets of Belgrade(?). American viewers will have to give some leeway to the  subtitles which at some point read with a bit of foreign flair and some of the subtext will fly by at such a rapid pace you may find yourself missing some dialogue. This in no way takes away from the enjoyment of the film which tells the story of a girl named Edit (voice of Sanda Knezevic) who decides to get a micro chip implanted into her arm after failing her exams at school. Once the implant is in her strange things begin to happen which leads to her pursuit from the notorious group wanting to tap into the power she holds.

Certainly more can be understood from Serbian audiences as the movie is full of local references but what I enjoyed most were the fantastic drawings and animated sequences (a really impressive hoverboard scene is a must watch) so although some may claim that the storyline had been done before, or the outcome is a bit predictable, I feel that the end result is one of the more enjoyable movies out there. A note to anyone thinking their kids might enjoy this, the movie has a fair amount of nudity and overt sexual references.

Les Maîtres du temps (the Time Masters) 1982

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 4, 2011 by dpallee

one of the many scenic backgrounds from "Les Maîtres du temps".

After a bit of searching I was able to find this great science fiction movie from 1982 and currently you can view it online (an 8 part series) via Youtube. Les Maîtres du temps (english translation “the Time Masters”) is the essence of what science fiction stories should be, in my opinion. Based off the 1958 book  L’Orphelin de Perdide (The Orphan of Perdide) this story is about a small boy named Piel who is abandoned on the planet Perdide after his father is killed from an attack-that being the weakest part of the movie as they really don’t go into any description as to who attacked the man or  why he was running from his assailants. Once I got into watching the movie I quickly forgot about this unanswered question as it proved to have little significance to the rest of the tale. Piel is stranded on this planet with nothing but a small communication device that can transmit and receive messages from a distant ship that is filled with friends of the stranded boy’s father.

The plot weaves through minor mishaps and by American standards may prove for some to be a bit lackluster as far as action goes. This is more old school science fiction, less emphasis on boy meets girl, boy conquers alien, boy gets girl storyline.  The attraction for me with Time Masters  was the different world scenery, quirky alien figures that popped in and out with no lengthy explanations as to their origins. This gives you the true flavor of exploration where things happen and you aren’t really sure why. Granted, total ambiguity in a storyline will leave one bored and constantly asking themselves “what does all this mean?” but this tales does stick to an odyssey  of adventure, a sad tale in all, but leaves out all the monstrous explosions.

Those familiar with the movie “Fantastic Planet” will certainly see the similarity in look and feel to backgrounds and colors used in “Time Masters”.  French animator and director Rene Laloux takes the conceived ideas from Jean Girard (aka Moebius for Heavy Metal magazine fans) to give us this wonderful adventurous tale with faceless angels, humorous humunculi sidekicks and a host of other creatures as well as a nice twist to the ending making this movie a true science fiction tale. Keep in mind that this is subtitled (French audio) but those of you used to foreign films should have no problem enjoying it.