what did you watch the other day?
Ross Hutchinson reviews the animated film Leafie, A Hen into the Wild. Ross recently completed a volunteer placement with us and we were delighted to welcome him to the team. A fervent fan of film and anime, we asked him to review one of his favourite films….
The definition of “art” tends to vary depending on who you ask – is it an expression of emotion or a demonstration of skill? There will always be multiple factions debating this subject and what qualifies as “true art”, along with those of us who couldn’t care less and are just looking for some awesome movies we can enjoy and talk about.
One form of media that bares the brunt of all this madness would be the animated film. As the first Western release of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind should remind us, animated films – and animation in general – are more often than not seen by Hollywood as mere tools to keep the three-year-olds quiet for a few hours by beleaguered parents, and as mere packaged goods to be sold and merchandised to the uncaring masses by the people who release them.
If only such people were to stop comparing them to preschool shows and actually took the time to watch a few … Fans like me often compile a list of essential titles to recommend to such skeptics – The King and the Mockingbird, The Secret of NIMH, absolutely anything from Studio Ghibli … Such films easily demonstrate the sheer love and effort required to pull off beautiful results.
In the immeasurable time I’ve spent wandering the internet, wading through seas of Hollywood garbage in search of a decent movie, at some indeterminable point I came across Madangeul Naon Amtak, or Leafie, A Hen into the Wild. Released in 2011 and directed by Oh Seong-yun, this Korean movie entered my curiosity almost immediately after it did my line of sight. With an emotional premise, a team of animators hell-bent on making the movie as beautiful-looking as possible and acquiring the title of most successful Korean animated film to date – convincing its director to place more focus on animation’s creative and cultural aspects as opposed to the financial – you bet I was curious.
The movie follows the feats of an eccentric farmyard hen who, bored with her life of captivity and dreaming of freedom, escapes the farm and heads off, well, into the wild. Along the way, she comes across a newly-orphaned duckling. Wanting to fulfil its father’s last wish, she brings the duckling to a nearby glade. From there, the movie explores Leafie’s exploits as she searches for her place in the natural world and her adopted son coming to grips with his true nature while struggling to bond with his mother, as well as their efforts in evading a hungry weasel.
Overall, this movie is simply beautiful in all aspects. Though a great amount of background CGI is painfully noticeable and I personally didn’t find the score to be very memorable, the motherly tale this movie weaves is both very mature and very heartfelt. You will feel better having watched this movie. I wholeheartedly recommend watching it should one ever get the chance to do so.
By the way; it would seem that the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre will be playing host to a Cartoon Capers workshop for young people and an afternoon of classic Looney Tunes animations for everyone to enjoy on November 7 this year. Definitely not to be missed!This entry was posted on September 4th, 2015 at 12:30 pm by Desima