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Welcome to Monsters University!

Earlier this week I went to see Monsters University. I have to admit I was pretty excited about seeing this movie but also quite a bit worried about it. It’s just that making a prequel is not the same as making a sequel.

In a sequel, things move forward, so almost any action can be justified, since the future has not been determined. It can be a disaster, and fans can be disappointed, but there’s more freedom in them. In a prequel, things need to move toward an established truth. The characters already exist and act a certain way, and the prequel must show the characters as they were but also be true to who they are now. Prequels don’t leave much room to play with the ending, which usually pleases the fans more than sequels, but it also creates a lot of expectations in fans, and when expectations are not met, things can get complicated.

I was relieved when I saw that MU was not at all what I had expected. It was so much better! I was happy with the choices made for how the characters met and how they were in the past, as much as what led them to choose the path they did later in life and how much college life influenced them later on. I was happy to see that Mike and Sulley were not best friends from the start, and that Randy was so insecure. It showed how little experiences and how you deal with them have a huge influence in who you’ll become.

“Just wait, hot-shot. I’m going to scare circles around you this year.” ~ Mike Wazowski

Oh, and before the movie, as it happens with all Pixar movies, there was a short animation film, The Blue Umbrella, which was adorable! I loved it! Here’s a clip of it. I’ll post the full version when available.

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The Passenger

Okay, since I’m a little obsessed with in love with enjoying looking for new animated short films all over the interwebs, here’s another one:

The Passenger is an animated short film by Chris Jones. It was an one-man project created between 1998-2006. You can find out how and why at chrisj.com.au, where you can also see all kinds of info on the making of the film, including useless information, which was the first link I checked. What does that say about me? Never mind, better not know.

 

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Alma

Looking around for more animated short films I came upon this one and I just loved it!

Alma is Rodrigo Blaas’ first short film as a director. Originally from Spain, Rodrigo Blaas has worked in animation for more than ten years, in Spain and in the United States. Seizing the possibility of directing his first independent short film, Rodrigo Blaas asked some of the best artists in their field to take part in this independent project: French animator Bolhem Bouchiba, character designer Carlos Grangel and Sergio Pablos, Art Director Alfonso Blaas, music composer Mastretta and sound designer Tom Myers. For more info visit almashortfilm.com.

Alma means soul, which is very fitting, don’t you think? I just loved the whole idea of it. For some reason now I want to read Gaiman’s Coraline. Go figure.

So, any recommendations of other animated short films I should watch?

 

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Animated Short Films: Geri’s Game

Do you remember the first animated short film you’ve ever seen? I do. Mine was Geri’s Game, an animated short film made by Pixar in 1997, written and directed by Jan Pinkava. It was the first Pixar short created after the 1989 Knick Knack. The film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1998.

After that one I’ve seen lots of animated short films but that one was always on my top 5. Maybe because it was my very first one. Or maybe just because it’s good. Period.

Do you remember your first animated short film?

 

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