Monday, November 22, 2010
That might not be so strange, as I am no longer a child myself, but that is not what gets to me.
What gets to me is that the makers of children's movies usually rely on their audience's stupidity.
It would seem that these people think that since they are making a film that will be watched mainly by children, they don't have to adhere to common sense and logic. Too often do we see so called "family films" which consist of nothing but a bunch of one dimensional cute characters strung together by predictable clichés, leaping over hurdles of plot holes and stumbling to an ending where we find out that the evil bad guy(s) is actually only misunderstood, lonesome and good on the inside.
Most the stuff coming out from Disney and Pixar are hardly even movies, but the filmatic equivalent of shaking a key-chain in front of a baby.
There are exceptions however, and some films try to see things from a child's point of view, without simplifying life and all the situations a person (of any age) might stumble into.
Momo is one of these rare films.
Based upon an equally great novel by Michael Ende (more known for his Never Ending Story) and brought to life through the best of 80s special effects (these amazing screenshots speak for themselves) it tells a story that is both entertaining and on the button in terms of social satire.
Instead of ignoring the complexities of their characters' adversities, the makers of Momo used it as tools to portray a world that is both magical and brings a sense of recognition.
As the film was a collaboration between several countries, with actors from all over Europe, only to be dubbed especially for each country later, there is some dispute about what is the "original" audio of the film. The version I included here is in German, and while it seems to be in sync with the actors lips most of the times, there are some actors who appear to have spoken another language originally.
However, Momo is another story that I love so much that I helped create English subtitles when there was none, in an effort to spread the message.
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