Comic Writer / Artist of Polterguys. Storyboard artist. polterguys.laurbits.com Art lover & story addict. Boba milk tea aficionado.
"A poem needs understanding through the senses. The point of diving into a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore but to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out, it is a experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept the mystery."
There aren't very many animated films that achieve the sublime. The only other one that comes to mind is The Grave of The Fireflies and it's directed by the same man who did Kaguya, Takahata Isao.
Ultimately, I saw this as a story about being mortal, about not always getting what you want and attempting to find happiness in a flawed world.
Urban fantasy executed perfectly. Between the exquisitely rendered scenes of domestic bliss and the visceral, heart-wrenching moments, this movie manages to portray the difficulty of raising two kids as a single mother and provide unique coming-of-age narratives for the two young children.
Credited as the beginning of Disney's Renaissance, Mermaid is a turning point in the history of animated features. The filmmakers' decision to marry contemporary broadway music by Ashman and Menken with breathtaking traditionally-animated visuals and groundbreaking special effects technology produced an instant classic.
It remains an inspiration for the artists of my generation.