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I'll be returning to the bad Disney Sequels next time - to one I'm not looking forward to, The Fox and the Hound 2... ^^; Any thoughts to donate? 

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My next Duckyworth's Thoughts review is NEARLY almost done, but I've thought of another meme to fill out - Lamest Villains. :XD: Does anyone have any ideas for villains to put on here? :lol: 

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Bram Stoker's Dracula - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Watership Down - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Coraline - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Home on the Range -duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Rio - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Elephant Man - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Dude, Where's My Car? - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Last Unicorn - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Return to Oz - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Rock and Rule - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Neverending Story - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Dead Space Downfall - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Nosferatu (1922) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Exorcist - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Blair Witch Project - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Evil Dead - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Evil Dead 2 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Army of Darkness - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
An American Werewolf In London - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Ginger Snaps - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Dog Soldiers - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Haunting (1963) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
THEM! - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Frankenweenie (2012) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Theatre of Blood - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
A Clockwork Orange - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Vuk The Little Fox - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Kis Vuk-A Fox's Tale - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Room - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Felidae - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
9 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Plague Dogs - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Skyfall - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Flight Before Christmas -duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Nightmare Before Christmas - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
It's A Wonderful Life - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lord of the Rings - Return of the King - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Secret of NIMH - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pippi Longstocking (1997) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Black Cauldron - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Top Cat (2011) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Land Before Time - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Wild - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Mario Puzo's The Godfather - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pee Wee's Big Adventure - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Robocop - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Wreck-It Ralph - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Princess Mononoke - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Quest For Camelot - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Ed Wood - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
FernGully - The Last Rainforest - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Where The Wild Things Are - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pan's Labyrinth - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Twilight - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Help! I'm A Fish - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Corpse Bride - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Tron - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Cool World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Cats Don't Dance - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Secret of Kells - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Titan A.E. - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Cat In The Hat - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Reef - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Balto - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokemon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon 2000: The Power of One - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon 3: Entei - Spell of the Unown - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi - Voice of the Forest - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon Heroes - Latios and Latias - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Jirachi Wishmaker - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Destiny Deoxys - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Pokémon Lucario and The Mystery of Mew - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - The Rise of Darkrai - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Pokémon - Giratina and the Sky Warrior - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Arceus and the Jewel of Life - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Zoroark Master of Illusions - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon Black - Victini and Reshiram - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Kyurem Vs. The Sword of Justice - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Mewtwo Returns - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Brave - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Valiant - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Rise of the Guardians - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'Hoole (BAD FILM) REVISITED - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
An American Tail - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Dark Crystal - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Monsters University - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Monsters Inc - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Tron Legacy - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
All Dogs Go To Heaven - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Basil the Great Mouse Detective - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Hotel Transylvania - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
ParaNorman - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Killer Klowns From Outer Space - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Stan Helsing - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
ThanksKilling - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Splice - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Nosferatu (1979) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Something Wicked This Way Comes -duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Frighteners - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
ThanksKilling 3 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Little Brother Big Trouble - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Forgotten Toys - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Gremlins - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Elf - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Elf That Rescued Christmas - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Polar Express - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
A Christmas Carol (Mickey, Muppets and Jim Carrey versions) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Oz The Great and Powerful - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Frozen - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Black Hole - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Brother Bear - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Oliver and Company - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Atlantis The Lost Empire - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Treasure Planet - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Lego Movie - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Ruby Gloom Cartoon - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Bio-Dome - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Artist - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Alpha and Omega - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Return of Jafar - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Aladdin and the King of Thieves - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Belle's Magical World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Pocahontas 2: Journey To a New World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lion King 2: Simba's Pride - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lion King 1 1/2 Hakuna Mattata - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Tigger Movie - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Bambi 2 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Boxtrolls - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Rio 2 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Hocus Pocus - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Hellraiser - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Borderlands - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Howling - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Monster House - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Gremlins 2: The New Batch - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Sleepy Hollow - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Eight Crazy Nights - Part 1 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Part 2 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
(THE WORST FILM I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE)
Arashi No Yoru Ni - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Anastasia (Part 1) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
(Part 2) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Nuttiest Nutcracker (Part 1) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Nuttiest Nutcracker (Part 2) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Nuttiest Nutcracker (Part 3) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Atlantis 2: Milo’s Return - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Bartok the Magnificent – duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
A Troll in Central Park (BAD FILM) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Labyrinth – duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Big Hero 6 (Part 1) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
(Part 2) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Shaun the Sheep The Movie – duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Freddy Got Fingered (BAD FILM) (Part 1) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
(Part 2) – duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Lorax (BAD FILM) – duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Thumbelina (BAD FILM) – duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Spongebob Movie 2: Sponge Out of Water - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…


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DT: Chirin No Suzu/Ringing Bell ~ 1978

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 29, 2015, 3:14 PM
  • Mood: Emotional
  • Listening to: Ace Attorney Investigations-Torn Apart Countries
  • Reading: Animal Farm
  • Watching: Suspiria
  • Playing: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright
  • Eating: Flapjack
  • Drinking: Tea


Director: Masami Hata

Rating: U (I think)

My rating: :star::star::star::star::star:

 

Hello, my friends, and welcome to my next Duckyworth’s Thoughts review! :wave:

 

IT’S FOR KIDS. This is a horrid mindset that seems to be flying around way too much nowadays – like some other critics online and the friends I talk to, I’m really getting tired of people saying that animation is something that is just for children, and therefore there doesn’t need to be any effort put into animation. :( Arrogant and narrow-minded people have this mindset when talking about animation like it's nothing but happy-go-lucky fluff and mind numbing drivel.... This, obviously, is an incorrect statement - and recently, I watched a film that, like Mary and Max, proves just how powerful animation can be and how it can provide very emotionally powerful and memorable stories that don't always need happy-go-lucky and extremely happy endings - don't get me wrong, I like happy endings as much as the next person, but these films are a breath of fresh air in how they aren't afraid to work in tough stories and heartbreaking, dark, tragic moments. :)

Today's Duckyworth’s Thoughts is for one of my new favourite films - kind of like a Japanese version of Watership Down or Plague Dogs, but somehow even MORE dark - Chirin No Suzu, aka. Ringing Bell. And just warning you right now, when I watched it, even after being introduced to it by my friend :iconshinywhitewaters:, I was NOT prepared for how dark it got and how sad the ending was :cries:  - that's why I compare it to Grave of the Fireflies - but it makes it all the more memorable, in my opinion. :)

 DT 177 - Chirin No Suzu/Ringing Bell by Duckyworth

Chirin No Suzu is a film from Sanrio – the same company that made Hello Kitty. But to be perfectly honest, when you see what happens in this film, you will not be able to be believe how DARK the film gets. Yes, the same company that made Hello Kitty made the first SHOCK FILM made for children – and boy does it shock! I felt saddened by this film as an adult – imagine what state it would leave me in as a child. But hey, as a child, I enjoyed watching Watership Down, Grave of the Fireflies and Plague Dogs, as the more intense moments drew me in and helped me be aware that animation could have mature moments as well, and when I was older, Felidae reinforced that notion. So, Chirin No Suzu was a strange breath of fresh air for me, as it once again, shows that not all animation has happy go lucky endings or sugar-coats dark stuff. The version that I watched was the original Japanese version with English subtitles, by the way – so times when I quite the film may have quotes that vary from a version you may have seen.

So, does everyone have a box of tissues ready? Let’s begin – oh, hold on. *gets a mop* In case we need to mop up any tears later. ^^;

 

From the very start of this film, I had a feeling it wouldn’t be as happy as the film’s poster (movieking.me/covers/movies/66/… ) had led to be believe – a snowstorm set to an incredibly sombre, yet beautiful, into song. The lyrics of the song are good foreshadowing of what is set to happen in this film, in my opinion. Especially the lines ‘the soft sound of your bell reminded me of my mother’s eyes’, ‘reminded me of someone’s quiet crying, lonely and desperate, like sorrows of the whole world’ and ‘Chirin, where are you now’. These lyrics say that Chirin is someone that used to be known, and whose bell used to be associated with innocence and purity, but something has since changed that sound to being associated with sorrow and grief, and Chirin has now been lost to the world…… Wow, already I feel like this is going to be pretty depressing. :cries:

After that sombre intro, the film cuts to one of the strangest intro shots I’ve seen for a while – a cloud filled sky, followed by the appearance of a ringing bell, followed by the introduction of our main character – Chirin. It’s an odd introduction, but perhaps the clouds are supposed to represent heaven, and at this point, Chirin here represents the childlike innocence he used to have – and then, when the clouds disappear after he chases the butterfly, the scenes that follow are then a flashback? And let me be honest right now, my heart melted as soon as he appeared. :love: As the film goes on, I’ll be making comparisons between the designs of Chirin as a lamb and as a ram, but as a child – his design is one of the most adorable I’ve ever seen – he’s right up there with Mei and Gabu from Arashi No Yoru Ni and Chihiro Fujisaki from Danganronpa. :squee: The first few minutes is some of the most adorable anime animation I've ever seen. :giggle: A lot of people online find lamb Chirin annoying for some reason... but I personally don't see why. And yet they love his adult self? I can see why they find adult Chirin awesome, I do too, but as my friend :iconshinywhitewaters: pointed out, it's odd that this is a character who is both loved and hated by the film's fanbase for such reasons. :shrug: Let me make this clear right now – this character, for reasons that I’ll reveal later, may actually be one of my favourite characters – not just because of his cuteness as a child, but because of what happens to him throughout the film and how believable his inner conflict is as the film goes on. Also – a lot of people find lamb Chirin to be annoying, but to honest, as a child, I think he’s a very well written child character – even if he is spending a lot of time chasing after a butterfly, young children do tend to get a lot of enjoyment out of doing things like this – and the way he runs after the butterfly is very cute. I think the way his little legs move when he walks is what I find especially cute – like when he’s curiously running after the molehill. :giggle: And in my opinion – even if you find Chirin annoying, give him credit – there are much MORE annoying child characters out there. *cough* PIPPI LONGSTOCKING *cough* RYAN*cough*VANELLOPE VON SCHWEETZ *cough* DIAMOND TIARA *cough* BIZKIT TWINS *cough*HIYOKO SAIONJI*cough*NIKO*cough cough* …..Allergies. ^^;

But somehow, you just KNOW something’s going to go horribly wrong, especially when the cute scene is followed by a reprise of the sombre theme. :o It goes back and forth between this and scenes without it ever feeling too jarring - like him… turning into a ball when he rolls down the grassy hill and bumps into the fence. Oh, I guess he’s been taking shape shifting lessons from Pingu. :lol: youtu.be/7kQEfrRsheQ?t=2m56s  In fact, the first few minutes of this film do seem a bit like a Pingu cartoon in tone – but trust me, it won’t stay like that for long. ^^; Chirin’s mother overlooks her son playing, and after she rubs up against her in an adorable way, his mother tells him never to go beyond the fence on the edge of the farm – an old wolf lives in the mountains beyond, and often raids the farm. Chirin is innocently unaware of the severity of the situation and makes a rather sweet comment about why he thinks a wolf shouldn’t be eating sheep – relating to the wolf getting fleece in his mouth if the eats a sheep. By the way – this is probably a good time to comment on the animation and the voice acting – the voice acting is very good. The voice actress voicing young Chirin does a great job capturing his innocence (reminding me a bit of Setsueko from Grave of the Fireflies) and the actress voicing his mother sounds really gentle. :aww: And as for the animation? Well, it is very impressive – especially considering what state animation was in in the 1970s – animation was a bit low budget in the 1970s – while the animation in films that came out at the time like Castle of Cagliostro may have been a tiny bit lower quality than those that came out during the 80’s, this film has some really good bits of animation – like the way Chirin looks up at his mother and back to the rabbit that he’s playing with, and the effort into the small motion of Chirin’s mother shaking her head as her son goes over the hill. (But still, 1970’s anime sound effects are still a bit odd to me – like the ones in the scene where Chirin tried to fly after a butterfly :lol: ). And speaking of animation, the backgrounds are brilliant – that one shot with the dandelion seeds being released into the sky is one of my favourites. :wow:

That night, the sheep head home, but Chirin’s mother is searching for him. Already, I was beginning to feel a bit of dread – especially as the theme plays in the background during this scene. Okay, as far as animation goes, it may seem a bit odd that sometimes, the animals’ mouths don’t move when they talk, but if Studio Ghibli can get away with this, so can Chirin No Suzu. And you don’t need mouth movements to capture the desperation of a frightened mother looking for her son – for some reason, I really like the subtle bit of animation of Chirin’s mothers eyes looking downward slightly before she tips her head in sadness at the prospect of the wolf in the mountains having taken her son away. :( Luckily, Chirin’s bell rings as he wakes up from a nap in the field – erm… you may want to lay off the naps, Chirin, but I guess all that bounding around and flying after butterflies really takes it out of you. ^^;

But jokes aside, despite the fact that it’s only about ten minutes in, I have to comment on something else. This ‘film’ is actually only 49 minutes long – but despite the fact that the film is substantially shorter than most films I review, the pacing in it is very good – even though the runtime has only been about ten minutes, the film has already set up the conflict very well, has set up Chirin as a innocent child naively unaware of the dangers the world will throw at him throughout the remaining runtime and has shown just how much Chirin’s mother cares about him. In fact – something about this film so far reminds me a little bit of Bambi - even complete with the cute little musical number detailing the changings of the seasons while Chirin and his mother walk home by the rather beautifully animated flower and tree settings – once again, the effort they put into that subtle movement of the water droplet sweeping away the ladybird is an attention to detail I respect. That and there’s an incredibly ‘squee-ish’ (technical term :squee: ) scene of some lambs playing in the hay bales. Speaking of which, where’s the farmer during this? Is this one of the farms owned by Farmer Jones from Animal Farm, and the guy is just sleeping drunk somewhere and just leaves his animals on their own? Or is this is some farm that the Tweedys from Chicken Run are leaving while they get their pie machine ready? This time, the song’s lyrics seem to be throwing in more foreshadowing, by hinting that although every day seems to be the same for Chirin so far in his life with the days speeding by, it’s going to take a very sudden change.

After it looks like a Happy Windsday has just passed with the autumn leaves being blown away, the film cuts to a moonlit night. So far, this is probably what a common audience member’s reaction has been to the first ten minutes – ‘OOOH! Look at the little lambies! Look at their little fleeces, and their cute little bounding in the fields, and chasing butterflies, and – DAWWWWWWWW! Kawaii! KAWAII! :squee: ‘ Yes, the first part of the film may have seemed like a predecessor to Lambert The Sheepish Lion (which I may have to review in the future as it is just ADORABLE :meow: ), but I knew the rumours about this film for a while, and before I watched it, I KNEW that at some point it was going to suddenly take a sudden trip into DEPRESSING LAND. And trust me, when you see the shot of the moonlit night overlooking the barn, THIS is where you’re going to brace yourselves for tears – even though I knew the film would take a surprisingly dark turn after there is a foreboding ‘It happened when the fall was coming to an end’ narration, it had not prepared me AT ALL for what I was about to face. :ohnoes: Even with the eerie wind howling noises, I felt a chill down my spine with a sense of dread and foreboding – similar to that background noise in Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies that played just before Simon Blackquill announces the dark truth of what happened regarding Metis Cykes’ murder. :o While Chirin sleeps… on his head – Chirin, I knew youngsters have trouble getting into comfortable sleeping positions, but I don’t think THAT is going to help – sounds of the guard dogs outside barking and whimpering after being attacked by an unseen assailant makes the sheep wake up. Speaking of waking up, when the door to the barn swung open, I actually jumped first time watching this. :ohnoes:

And standing in the doorway is the wolf Chirin’s mother told him about. And to be honest, they didn’t fail to make this wolf legitimately threatening – seriously, next to Moro from Princess Mononoke, that design is awesome. But while upon first glance, he may appear to be your everyday monstrous villain, like Chirin, there’s a certain depth to him revealed over the course of the film that I’ll outline in due time. After he leaps into the barn and kills one of the sheep, he comes across little Chirin – but when he’s about to attack the little lamb, his mother rushes and jumps in front of him to save him. And if you thought the offscreen shooting of Bambi’s mom was shocking, I was gritting my teeth in shock after hearing the TEARING sound effect as the wolf kills Chirin’s mother. :ohnoes: But to be honest, despite her small screentime, Chirin’s mother, for what I got to see from her, was a pretty good mother character in how much she cares about her son and her sacrificing herself to protect her son. :aww: And once again, I’ll compare this scene to Bambi’s mom’s death scene – as sad as that scene, that scene has Bambi searching around for his mother, his father showing up and saying ‘Your mother cannot be with you anymore’, Bambi crying, them walking away, and then directly cutting to that ‘Lalalala! Tweet-tweet-a-tweet-tweet-tweet-a-tweet-tweet-tweet-a-tweet lalalala! :dummy: ‘ song, which kind of cuts down on the impact, and it feels a tad disrespectful to the true impact that scene SHOULD have had – seen how the death of Bambi’s mom is never brought up again feels a bit weird to me. Luckily, we have Bambi 2 for that, but I digress.

How does Chirin No Suzu handle this scene? Well, it starts off with absolute SILENCE – which is fitting to my reaction while staring at the screen in shock after this. :jawdrop: But the TRUE impact isn’t the mother getting killed, it’s what follows. Every sheep in the barn overlooks the body of Chirin’s dead mother. And just to be perfectly honest – here’s where I have to give this film serious credit, and part of what makes it amazing for me is how they handle to next scene – Chirin’s reaction to his mother getting killed. Seriously, they don’t sugarcoat this – it’s perfectly clear to me that, like Simba learning Mufasa is dead, this could VERY WELL BE how a young child would react to learning their parent has died just in front of them. :( He pulls out from under his mother’s corpse, and then, unaware of what has happened, snuggles up to her…. Even before he realises what’s happened, I already start feeling extremely sorry for him and the tragic and, to be honest, quite scary situation he’s in right now. It begins to dawn on him what’s happened when he tries to wake his mom up in, as you probably can guess, a REALLY hard to watch scene. All the aspects of this scene come together well to show just how heartbreaking this is – first, the animation on Chirin’s changing expression as he realises what’s happened, second, that REALLY heartwrenching music, and third, the voice actress putting her all into this scene. Chirin, I imagine, sounds EXACTLY like how a child would react if they found their parent dead in front of them. It’s one of the few scenes in animation that I often HESITATE to watch, because I know just how sad it is. What gets me the most about this scene is probably that one look from Chirin just before he cries on top of his mother’s body while he’s SHAKING (by the way, kudos to the animators for that) – it’s EXTREMELY difficult to watch – if you don’t cry during this scene, check your pulse – you may be dead. :cries: And, how would a common audience member probably react to this?

Common audience member’s reaction to this scene: :ohnoes: …..Holy sh**.

AAAAAAND thousands of screaming, crying children go running out of the cinema. youtu.be/yJymdkB1u_s?t=21s Erm….sing along with me everyone! ‘Lalalalatweettweetatweettweetatweettweettweeta….tweet….’ …..Oh, so I guess this film knows that when a family member dies, birdies don’t just come out of nowhere and sing away the problems. And you know what? …Good on you, Chirin No Suzu. :clap: No, I mean it. Most children’s media would just shrug off the effects a dead parent would have on their child, but films like Chirin No Suzu, Land Before Time and The Lion King don’t beat around the bush with how dark the scene is, and just what a psychological impact the death could cast on the child. If I had to rate the most tragic impacts the death of a parent has had on their child, I would rate them like this from the saddest examples I’ve seen: Bambi<Simba<Littlefoot<Weed<Seita and Setsuko<Athena Cykes<Chirin

For Chirin’s case, this is made even sadder by the ramifications of his mother’s death. Swearing revenge against the wolf who killed his mother, Chirin leaves the farm in a strangely epic way to avenge his mother’s death – while all the sheep in the barn stay put and say ‘Eh, whatever – not my kid.’ Well, to be fair, if they intervened, we wouldn’t have a story, would we? A theme about this film is that revenge harms everyone involved, and the fact that such a little cutie like Chirin can be overconsumed by anger and a lust for revenge proves that even the most innocent individual can be driven to commit terrible acts in the name of revenge if pushed so far. :o

As he ventures into the creepy looking mountains (by the way, I have to admit, for a little lamb, Chirin sure can climb well, can’t he?), he calls after the wolf who killed his mother…. Unaware that he’s watching him. DARGH! :ohnoes: As Chirin tries to climb up to the wolf, the wolf simply stays put and just flicks the lamb away with his tail – causing Chirin to FALL into a ravine… Ouch. :x But despite this, Chirin manages to climb back up, and then comes across the wolf again in a rather interesting scene. Now, when it comes to villains like the wolf, they usually make him a one-dimensional monster who kills just for the sake of it – but I have a theory as to why the wolf killed Chirin’s mother that I will explain as I go on. But as for now, in a rather… interesting idea, Chirin asks the wolf to make him his apprentice and to train under him, as he wants to become more than just a lamb that nature will walk all over. And Chirin says he wants to become a wolf. Hmm… a creature that has almost no idea how wolves act, is nothing like a wolf, and unaware of the consequences of his dream wants to be a wolf while not knowing how they act – sound familiar at all? Yep – wolfaboo mentality in a nutshell. :rofl: But to be honest, Chirin possesses three things that wolfaboos don’t – one, likeability, two, a good motive for doing so, and three, knowing that wolves at least don’t act the way that horrible film Alpha and Omega portrays them as. :XD:

At first, the wolf ignores him, but noticing Chirin’s resolve and willingness to train hard, he indulges him – and, I have to give credit to the voice actor they chose for the wolf. The wolf has a gruff voice that sounds imposing, but at the same time grand and wise – fitting, considering the role he has in the film – kind of like a sensei who a student trains under fully aware of how dangerous it would be to get on the sensei’s bad side. :) Seeing the wolf ignore him, Chirin takes it upon himself to train by challenging BUFFALO to a fight and saying he’s a wolf. (Once again, look at the scene where he says ‘I’m a WOLF’ and tell me wolfaboo mentality doesn’t immediately come to mind :lol: ) And give the writing on Chirin some credit – while Chirin has had his innocence taken away from him, he’s still naïve to the truth about the world, a good part of how well I think this child character is written. Needless to say, Chirin encounters just how harsh (and to be honest, how d*ckish ^^; ) the animal kingdom is, and gets pushed away by everyone – and then sprayed by a skunk, and then bullied by meerkats and pushed down a cliff onto brambles by them. DOUCHES. :ohnoes: Learning how unprepared he is for fighting on his own, he watches the wolf hunt in a more awesome manner – first by incapacitating a bear in a fight that allows the bear to flee after a rather… embarrassing display. Okay, just as a nitpick, I know that Sanrio animations use weird sound effects (especially considering how this is a 1970s film) but I’m not entirely sure that bears sound like that – this bear sounds like a mixture between a cat getting strangled and a motorboat engine starting up! But hey, at least it’s more of a threat than the bear in The Christmas Tree. The bear runs off… and I can imagine who it would run into next – a certain Ohu army. ^^; After watching the wolf effortlessly hunt deer (and no doubt reliving some of the horrors of his mother getting murdered) Chirin hesitates to keep watching, but still bravely vows to follow the wolf to learn from him – and he quite literally FOLLOWS the wolf’s example by following him up a steep rocky hill, but when he tries to leap across a fast flowing river to follow the wolf, Chirin ends up falling into the river, and into a whirlpool – you know, why do fast flowing rivers in animation always somehow seem to end up having whirlpools? First during the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia, and now here? I’m not entirely sure about the physics behind the creation of a whirlpool, but I don’t think it can work without a hole in the riverbed.  Can a physicist or whirlpool aficionado please enlighten me on this?:confused:

Anyway, back to the review – the wolf looks on in contempt at Chirin’s failings to keep up with him, and leaves him to the river. That night, the sound of Chirin’s bell wakes the wolf up – wow; does Chirin have Wolverine’s adamantium for a skeleton? I know that when you’re driven by admiration for someone else AND revenge at the same time, you may feel the inspiration to push yourself beyond your limits, but still – Chirin must be a severe TANK of a lamb to endure all this! His mother was quite the brave sheep herself to sacrifice herself to save her son, and it makes me wonder if his father was ripped or something! Is he like Diasuke from Ginga Nagareboshi Gin – another child who despite his age must have a body as tough as nails? :wow: Now the film partakes in one of the more beautiful scenes – you know, even considering how dark and bleak this film is in places, there’s a strange beauty to it all, in my opinion – it’s similar to Watership Down and Plague Dogs in that manner. After perhaps one of my favourite backgrounds in the film (the scene where Chirin is walking against a starlit sky with blue flowers in the foreground), Chirin is sadly reminded of the loss of his mother by seeing other animals with their mothers, but then comes across a bird’s nest being attacked by a snake – complete with the mother bird being killed… Chirin actually manages to fight off the snake, but the bird’s nest gets knocked off the branch in the process, smashing the eggs. :ohnoes: Damn…. That’s dark. And while Chirin breaks down crying at the fact that he couldn’t do anything, he brings up a rather sad fact of nature that is sadly very apt – it’s survival of the fittest, and for animals less better off, it is an unfortunate fact that the death of the weak and innocent cannot be averted – natural selection and all that. :( But the wolf appears, and seeing Chirin’s sadness, breaks the truthful news to him – it’s only a fact of that life that for some animals to live, others have to die, it’s a simple part of nature.

This next scene that comes up here is one of my favourites, as it shows a rather good bit of development for both Chirin and the wolf, and makes them much more three dimensional characters in my eyes. Chirin tells the wolf that despite not having the natural defences to stop others from harming him, he still wants to become like a wolf to no longer be a vulnerable creature that lives his life in fear of predators. The wolf then accepts Chirin as his apprentice, showing him what it means to be a wolf – and at the prospect of overcoming his fears and seeking revenge for what the wolf did, Chirin accepts this, throwing away the life he once had – and I do have to admit, it’s strangely epic hearing a young lamb saying ‘Someday, I will kill you’ – who knew a lamb could say such a badass line? He must have been taking Schwarzenegger lessons…. :XD:

:icontheterminatorplz::iconsaysplz:‘You’re a cool guy, Wolf, I like you. That’s why I’m going to kill you last!’

Once again, I remember some people commenting on how it’s odd that the wolf willingly accepts Chirin as his apprentice, knowing fully well that Chirin intends to kill him when he’s fully grown. While that did feel a bit strange to me when I first saw it too, as the film goes on, I feel that a reason reveals itself. In time. But for now, comes one of the most awesome training montages in anime – this is where some of my favourite parts of animation come in – first, Chirion awesomely manages to butt his way through a tree, and then he starts tussling with Wolf. Okay, I didn’t mention this before, but here’s a bit of a nitpick I have with the film – I tend to feel that when you do something like calling an animal their own species name, and that becomes their ONLY identity, it’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine. It’s like in Pippi Longstocking when the horse is called HORSE (HOOOOORSE! :icondoomed3plz: Sorry) and in the Pokemon films when Pokemon that CLEARLY have genders are called ‘it’ – it’s almost like the films are saying the species name is their primary character trait, or suggesting that the character is not as important as characters that do have a unique name. ^^; But to be fair, Wolf is still a very awesome character, and I do admit that his NAME being a tad generic isn’t a detriment to his character or anything. Speaking of which – this is where Wolf’s sensei-esque traits really come into play. Seriously, someone play ‘Eye of the Tiger’ through this scene. :headbang:

But on a side note, is it oddly funny when Chirin becomes dazed after getting knocked aside. (By the way, even though this is a serious film, the fact that there was a funny moment placed in here was a pleasant surprise to me. It’s not majorly funny, but it is a bit of a relief :lol: ). It’s like that one bit where I see Chirin going into bouncing ball mode again and being batted about by the Wolf’s tail. I don’t know, that’s mildly amusing now that I think about it. Perhaps Chirin is perfecting the ancient martial art of Pingu Ball. :giggle: The epicness really takes it up a notch when, after being thrown down a cliff after another tussle, Chirin shakes his head while taking a breather at the water pool, and all of a sudden, two little horns pop out of his head! :o That’s awesome, and kind of cute at the same time. :giggle: You know those times when you learn a certain skill or a change happens to you that you know you’ve been waiting for over time, but when the change does occur, it seems like it’s instant? I’ve noticed some… complaints about this scene of all scenes for some reason, but I personally see that as my interpretation of the sudden appearance of Chirin’s horns. Speaking of epic – something about the colour scheme in this scene gets my pulse racing. Those fiery reds and intense oranges in the background really seem to be a symbol of Chirin’s fiery spirit. :headbang:

Oh, it looks like we won’t need to play ‘Eye of the Tiger’, as this film has its own training montage anthem – ‘Off My Path’. It’s a simple little medley, but it is still an awesome jingle. And, to be perfectly honest, before I saw this film, I never knew that a lamb running could look intimidating, but this film managed that somehow. :clap: Seriously, look at the way they drew the determined expression on Chirin’s face and drew the way his fur is all matted – THAT is the image of a true warrior. :wow: And after years of taking down jaguars and that bear that finally decided to man up and go for a rematch :lol:, Chirin evolves into…. *watches the scene where he changes into his adult self* :jawdrop: …..The most awesomely designed ram I have EVER seen in my life. Okay – before I comment on Chirin’s adult design, I’d just like to praise that last scene where he transforms. I really do like the use of those smoke cloud effects – cool, but at the same time foreboding in the use of blacks, blues and reds. And I never noticed this before, but I like the way the clouds take the shape of a wolf’s head when they disperse – that’s a clever subtle little addition. :) As awesome as that lightning arrow effect when adult Chirin leaps into action.

And now, let’s talk about Adult Chirin’s design, and why I love it so much – this design is as awesome as his child form was adorable. He’s gone from tooth-meltingly adorable to heavy metal sheep in one montage. :headbang: But at the same time, I like the way that they made his adult design not necessarily monstrous, but still intimidating, and quite unnerving, in a manner – it’s clear that although this is the same character, he’s definitely no longer the same innocent creature he once was. I feel a bit conflicted, in a good way – upon a second viewing, at the scene where young Chirin cries over the death of his mother, I start thinking ‘Aww, it’s okay, buddy – you grow up to become a total badass!’, but at the same time, I know the fact that he essentially lost his innocence that day – it’s awesome, but heartbreaking at the same time. It’s a reminder that even the most pure individual can have their will cruelly twisted by the bloodthirsty thoughts of revenge. Trust me, Hiro Hamada knows a lot about that…. :ohnoes: And, while I’m perfectly honest…. Adult Chirin’s design has a few hints of ‘bishie’ to it, in my opinion. :blush: What IS ‘bishie’, you may ask? It’s short for ‘bishounen’, a Japanese term literally meaning ‘pretty boy’ – a young man whose beauty transcends the boundary of gender or sexual orientation – thank you, Wikipedia. Now, I know a lot of people have called me out in the past for finding animal characters attractive – I’m seriously NOT into bestiality or anything (some people actually accused me of that in the past – I think it was over some of the characters on my Attractive Males meme :ohnoes: ) – I just personally find some designs of animal characters attractive, even those that aren’t anthropomorphic! If you want an example, try looking at the ducks from that film ‘Daisy: A Hen Into The Wild’ – those are what are referred to by some fans of the film as ‘bishie-ducks’, because they look like they could make someone’s hearts melt like butter, and I can personally see why. :blush: Long story short, as intimidating as Adult Chirin’s design might be, as far as rams go, he’s actually pretty smoking, in my opinion. Heh, I can just imagine a deleted scene with the wolf telling him, ‘Now, Chirin, at your age, it is time to learn about the most dangerous peril any young wolf must face! The dangers of becoming twitterpated!’ To which Chirin would yell ‘YAAAGH!’ :rofl: Apologies to fans of this film – I know that was a bit stupid, but I couldn’t resist the joke.

But in all seriousness – the red lighting and dark outlines, accompanied with his grown horns make Chirin look extremely formidable. The same goes for his voice – I don’t know why, but I think that voice they chose fits Adult Chirin perfectly. Interestingly, Chirin brings up the fact that he still maintains his dream of avenging his mother and killing Wolf, but after all these years, due to the training the Wolf has given him, he can never bring himself to kill him. He’s come to see the wolf as a mentor, inspiration…. And even a father figure. A bit of a dilemma if ever there were one – he’s come to respect the very creature he’s been training to kill all these years. :wow: Speaking of which, why aren’t there any other rams in the farm barn? Is Chirin the only adult ram in this world? It’s the inverse of the Ginga Nagareboshi Gin problem – tons of dogs are born, but with almost no mothers in sight. Now it’s a lot of sheep being born, but with no fathers in sight. :lol: Overlooking the horizon, he sees everything is now theirs. Time for an obvious Lion King reference - ‘This is your kingdom Chirin – everything the moonlight touches’. And here comes a scene, that even after ALL I’ve seen in this film, GENUINELY shocked me – seeing the farm where Chirin was born, he joins the wolf on a… hunt. Such is the way of the wolf, but a lamb eating lamb? Trust me, this film is shocking and all, but still, THAT would be enough to catch anyone off guard! :ohnoes:

Killing all of the guard dogs with his horns and hooves, he no doubt leads a lasting impression on the sheep inside the barn… And if I saw a heavy metal ram killing dogs outside with thunder and lightning amplifying his shadow against an awesome background, I would pretty scared too – seriously, it is a pretty intense scene! ‘Mommy, there’s a scary ram outside that has a more realistic art style than ours!’

:iconnostalgiacriticplz::iconsaysplz:You know – for KIDS!

Oh, and speaking of calling out for your mother, Chirin heads into the barn, but is stopped in his tracks by a very tragic case of déjà vu – hearing a lamb call out for his mother, upon which, the mother jumps in front of him to cover him, in the same way Chirin’s mother did years before. :cries: This, understandably, stops Chirin from killing any of the sheep – as he remembers that he used to be one of them, and carrying out any killings would no doubt result in the same sad story of a lamb seeking revenge over and over again. :o I like the way the music at this part is a reprise of that song with Chirin and his mother, but it sounds much more sombre in this case, fitting considering the fact that Chirin is reminded of what he’s lost and what he was just about to do to that young lamb. That’s what can happen when you’re driven by revenge – you can become exactly the same as the creature that you were determined to destroy. :( Running out of the barn, he stops the wolf from walking any closer to the barn, and proceeds to charge into the wolf, KILLING HIM by goring him with his horns. :ohnoes: Now, interestingly, as Chirin charges towards the wolf, the wolf could have easily evaded that, but this comes back to my opinion on the reason why the wolf took in Chirin as an apprentice to begin with – in his dying breath, the wolf says that each wolf’s life is destined to end by fighting a strong adversary, and he’s actually proud of Chirin and is glad that he is the one who killed him. After watching this film, I began to develop a little bit of a theory as to why the wolf took in Chirin as an apprentice, and may have allowed himself to be killed by Chirin – have there been any OTHER wolves present at all? Perhaps deep down, he knew that he had been living a relatively pointless life, simply killing sheep for sustenance every day without change and without any challenges or worthy opponents, and the only way to die a death befitting a wolf of his strength was making an opponent worthy to fight him. It’s a bit of a strange opinion, I know, but perhaps he wasn’t hunting sheep just for sustenance, and the reason he let Chirin come with him to kill the sheep was to test him. Well, it certainly worked…. But sadly, not only has Chirin lost his mother, but now he’s lost the wolf that was like a FATHER to him…. :o

And now comes quite an intense moment – in complete silence, a young lamb comes up to Chirin, but the sheep drag the lamb away, and then shut Chirin out. I love the effort they put into Chirin’s expressions here, as at first he’s shocked that the sheep shut him out, but then he realises the reason why and sinks into sadness upon realising that through his actions, he’s not welcome anywhere…. But most of the shock for the sheep must come from seeing the bell around Chirin’s neck – a symbol of the innocence he once had, and they simply can’t believe what he’s become – a strange mixture of a wolf and a ram. :( By the way, another comment on the animation – is it just me, or does it get a bit too dark in places? It’s nothing major, and I understand that it’s to make the scene more intense and foreboding (and when the lightning strikes and silhouettes are cast upon the scene it really does come across as intense), but in one or two shots, it does get a bit too dark to see what’s going on. Or maybe it’s just me. ^^; And speaking of Chirin’s bell, did the cord stretch to fit around his neck over the years? :lol:

And now for the final scene, where Chirin has been left all alone by his actions – once again, I like the fact that the film doesn’t sugarcoat this. An animated film usually has a happy ending, or at the very least, an ending that may be bittersweet but has a hopeful tone (like The Fox and the Hound) – but this film doesn’t have that. The moral of this film is ‘revenge harms everyone involved and in the end, it doesn’t bring back who you’re trying to avenge’ – much like in Big Hero 6, where Hiro learns that in trying to kill Professor Callaghan, he’s making the same mistake he did when trying to kill Alistair Krei in a vengeful act. But not all who seek vengeance learn the errors of their ways in the way Hiro did – and in Chirin No Suzu, the ending for Chirin is so dark and reaches a conclusion that is so downright mean-spirited that it could reach major uncomfortable levels as far as animated films go. And to be honest, that’s pretty refreshing to see an animated film that ends on a sad ending – sometimes we need an animated film like Chirin No Suzu or Grave of the Fireflies with a sad ending to mix it up with all of the happy endings animation gives us. It’s another example as to why I have to respect this film for being a children’s film that not only doesn’t sugarcoat the dark moments, but shows that not all stories have to have happy endings – it makes the moral stronger, the emotions more memorable, and the film a more unique entry in the animated film library. Once again, it’s another reason why ‘it’s for kids’ is not an excuse to throw out any old rubbish and pass it off as children’s entertainment. :clap: And speaking of which, DAMN is this scene sad…. Chirin overlooks his reflection in a pool deep in the mountains, mourning the loss of his father figure, and lamenting his decision to throw away his childhood innocence and life as a sheep to avenge his mother, and that he has nowhere left to go. I love how this scene is silent and most of the time, all that can be heard is the dripping water in the pool, really giving this scene a heavy sense of atmosphere. And then, the snow starts falling, leaving Chirin lamenting in the mountain pass… leaving only his bell ringing throughout the wintry night – just like at the beginning of the film. But the sound of the bell is now a sad reminder of what Chirin used to be, and now, he’s the creature that the sheep in the farm hide from…. As the sombre theme song that, now I think about it sounds a bit like a track from the musical version of War of the Worlds, plays, the story comes to a close. :( …From the creators of Hello Kitty, people. ^^;

:icondisneycow82::iconsaysplz: Who would have thought this movie was inspired and represented as an allegory for the WWII society where children like Chirin lost their parents and siblings in the war, all because the Japanese refused to surrender and their actions condemned the innocent civilians once the two bombs were dropped. Chirin represents the childhood and innocence lost during the war and for those that lost someone dear to them, they signed as soldiers to avenge their loved ones, never knowing where that path would lead them. At the end, in a way you might say Chirin later represented what most soldiers lost in the end at that time. Some of them died and some of them had nowhere else to go. When it comes to these films, I imagine being in the main characters place and knowing how it feels when you lose someone you love in the most tragic situation, but also that you are blinded by pain and rage that your old life means nothing to you anymore as you go on a path where there is no return. Mankind never really learns that war and killing brings us nowhere. True if you want peace, you must prepare for war as someone once mentioned. But is there no end to all these other pointless wars going on? How many more innocent ones like Chirin have to suffer all this hatred, violence, and killing that they are forced into.

But anyways, no matter what Chirin went through or what path he took, I can't help but feel complete sadness for him in the end, believing nobody deserves to be alone like that. :tears: :(

:iconvuk-91::iconsaysplz: It's dark. And I mean (instert vulgar word here)ing dark! I LOVE IT! even if it's a little nonsense.

:iconailemadragonprincess::iconsaysplz: I saw ringing Bell, and it was like Bambi, only darker. And it was rather sad at the end. :(

:iconshinywhitewaters::iconsaysplz: Ah yes, practically the Japanese version of Watership Down with its shock value.

I've already mentioned my love for this film in a few of my reviews, but I'll shorten it again. The shock factor is extremely effective, combined with Chirin's character development and the wolf as a villain really adds to the dark themes and the moral of the movie. And of course the emotional impact is a strong one.

 

:cries: ……..So, has everyone recovered from that emotional destruction of our souls/childhood? I know I probably…. Won’t. But unlike other films that leave me with a feeling of sorrow at the end (Eight Crazy Nights, for example) Chirin No Suzu is INTENTIONALLY depressing. The emotions coming from the film are well placed and are intentional in getting the moral of the film across and in showing that if driven by revenge, no-one is safe from being manipulated by dark desires for revenge…. The development of Chirin, and how believable his conflict is makes him a great main character, and both the child and adult forms of Chirin hold up well for me, going from adorable to awesome while making it believable that such an innocent creature could turn into such a monstrosity if driven by revenge –and both designs will make it onto my Favourite Designs Meme when I decide on other entries :aww: . Speaking of great characters, the wolf himself is an awesome villain – not being a heartless killer, but not being reduced to a misunderstood creature either. Instead, he has a strange kind of wisdom to him, and I still hold by my opinion as to why he agreed to take Chirin in as an apprentice in the first place. The music and the animation also really helps in getting the emotions across – making this sombre film strangely beautiful in that respect, already proving that just because a film is depressing doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a bad thing. You may have to really brace yourself for how dark and heartbreaking the film is, but once again, it’s refreshing to see an animated film that doesn’t sugarcoat the dark moments, making the cautionary tale stronger. In fact, whenever someone says ‘animation shouldn’t be taken seriously, as it’s JUST for children’, I recommend you show them this. Tell them that this is one of the best examples of an animated film that proves that animated films can be just as emotionally strong as anything made for adults. ‘Made for children’ is not an excuse to churn out rubbish. Return to Oz is for children. Watership Down is for children. The Black Cauldron is for children. The Dark Crystal is for children. Daisy-A Hen into the Wild is for children. Notice something about those films I mentioned? Yes, they all have extremely tragic moments that can be just as, if not MORE, memorable than other children’s films because of the risks they take and how they don’t sugarcoat any dark moments. And if watching this film means that I’ll be sad every time – I’m actually glad in how well it brings forth emotions and brings home it’s moral with its emotions. …..But at the same time, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at sheep farms or Sanrio the same way ever again…. ^^;

 

Speaking of dumbing down things in a manner that insults the audience’s intelligence… join me next time where I will be revisiting the land of the terrible Disney Sequels… from what I believe to be one of the DARKEST years when it comes to animated feature length films – 2006. ^^; But this time, the film that gets itself BUTCHERED by a bad Disney sequel is an example of a film that DOESN’T dumb things down for children… The Fox and the Hound.

So next time, I’ll be reviewing how NOT to do a story about a fox and a dog becoming friends – The Fox and the Hound 2…. ^^;

 

UPCOMING REVIEWS

 

178. The Fox and the Hound 2

179. The Princess and the Goblin

???. Dominator: The Movie

???. The True Story of Puss ‘n Boots

???. Bolt

???. Rock-A-Doodle

???. The Pebble and The Penguin

???. Daisy – A Hen Into The Wild

???. The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue

???. The Wolf Children

???. Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks

???. Where The Dead Go to Die :puke:

???. The Illusionist

???. Osmosis Jones

???. Ernest and Clementine

???. Song of the Sea

Duckyworth’s Edits: The Secret of Kells’ Abbot Cellach

Duckyworth’s Edits: All Dogs Go To Heaven Getting ‘Craps’ Past the Radar

Duckyworth’s Edits: The Townsfolk Of ParaNorman



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yodajax10 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
I asked a while ago if you were ever planning to look at anything Looney Tunes related like the shorts, Space Jam, Looney Tunes: Back in Action as well as The Looney Tunes Show with Kristen Wiig as Lola Bunny. I personally would love to hear your thoughts on them!
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ThatGrayCat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7jtVyKU…

This is honestly one of the funniest web animations that I've ever seen. Take a look!
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FNaFFan122 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
Hello! Sorry for bothering you, I was wondering if we can RP? Aww 
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El-Drago-800 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2015
Here's a question I've wanted to ask, has there ever been an episode from a show you like that was so bad, that it made you quit the show (at least for a while)?
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o-w-l-y Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the favourite on Meeko sketches by o-w-l-y  :) 
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Dragonrose36 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the :+fav:
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yodajax10 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
How have you been doing on Season 5 of Friendship is Magic, personally, I am not liking it so far.
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to catch up with it (the last episode I watched was Appleoosa's Most Wanted) - but I'm liking it so far.
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yodajax10 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Well, look out for Princess Spike, here's my review on it!

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DragonFireArt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fav! :D
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chocolatebacon11 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Did you know that Disney is making a Live-Action Winnie-the-Pooh?
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ChemGirl420 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the fave! Hug 
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AilemaDragonPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
Hey, Callum, have you seen this picture? COPYCAT by Porcelain-Requiem
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MyNameIsRaichu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
You'll never guess what I just watched!
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What? :) (Sorry for the delay ^^; )
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MyNameIsRaichu Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
(Eh... That's alright)

Anyways, I recently watched the 1997 Version of Pippi Longstocking (yes, the one you reviewed a while back) And... you'd be very surprised to hear that I didn't find it quite as bad as you made it out to be...

I didn't exactly find Pippi to be anywhere near as unlikable as say... the Flanderized versions of Patrick Star and Brian Griffin, and to be fair she was told by her father specifically to wait at the Villa Villekula (is that how you spell it?) for him at the beginning of the movie. And I'll even say that a few of her antics were kind of funny (like when she was messing with the escaped convicts). And the animation and some of the music was pretty good...

...That being said though... the movie was still really terrible...

They got Pippi's character horribly wrong (which really shows in the two scenes you complained about the most), they also got Mrs. Prysselius's character wrong as she is completely villainized in this version, there's tons of filler and completely pointless moments, everyone in the movie is either cliched or an idiot (more often the latter), most of the writing doesn't make any sense in the slightest, the climax doesn't have any tension whatsoever, and though I did say some of the music was nice, I can't really say the same for the rest of it...

Overall, a very disappointing movie...
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yodajax10 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Check out this picture another friends of mine drew for me!

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What do you think?
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KodyBoy555 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Did I ask you about requests and art trades?
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DarkraixCresselia Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you ever decide to review Disney sequels again (there's still a few out there) there's another one for the Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (so technically, it's more of a prequel) From what I remember, it's fairly decent. It has a plot that's kind of out-of-place in terms of continuity, and depending on whether or not you've watched the TLM show, will have some differences.

But on the plus side, the villain is more creative than Morgana, Ariel's sisters have personalities and are integrated into the movie, and it shows what happened to Ariel's mom, who looks a lot like Ariel herself...but it at least doesn't nearly follow the plot of the first TLM film nearly to a T.
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, that sounds really interesting. :D
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toonbro13 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
hay im sorry for being rude earlier 
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's fine. :aww:
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toonbro13 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
i feel like a dick now *sighs* this is probebly why i dont have mnany friends in rl because i lash out without thinking 
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