In celebration of World Animation Day 2012! Image Source: cartoonnetworkss.com
Today is “World Animation Day” and I, for one, think it’s a day worth celebrating. I also don’t believe there’s a reader amongst you who wouldn’t confess to having a favourite animated movie – in fact, some of you may have several… I most certainly do. Actually, one of the things I’m most looking forward to in having children of my own one day, will be the excuse to go and see every new animation movie at the cinema – no more bashful sloping into the cinema when no-one’s looking! Although, to be fair, these days many of the animated movies we see are as much for adults as they are for children…
“The Jungle Book” (Image Source: animationsource.org)
The very first movie I was taken to see with my dad was The Jungle Book. My little brother had arrived on the scene and I think mum was more than happy to parcel me off with dad for a few hours, and I was very happy to have dad all to myself. I was, of course, far too little to remember the movie (being only 2 years old at the time), but we then got the soundtrack tape which was played more or less non-stop, and then came the video.
“Now I’m the King of The Jungle!” said King Louis of the Apes. That was a favourite track and watching that clip today will still bring a smile to my face!
“The Little Mermaid” (Image Source: starpulse.com)
Then came Arial from The Little Mermaid, just in time for me to turn 7 and so off went my little birthday party gathering to the movies to watch the film… probably 20 or so little girls entranced with visions of underwater animation. I think mum may even have made a mermaid birthday cake for me that year. Then came more Disney classics like Aladdin and The Lion King.
“Toy Story” (Image Source: jacobandrewwilson.wordpress.com)
And then [pause for dramatic effect] there came Pixar! And Toy Story, and in an instant the world of animation was changed forever, as audiences we were spell-bound and transfixed by the new generation of animated figures that danced and whizzed around the screens. Gone were the flat 2 dimensional animations that had still managed to captivate us for over 100 years, and here were a host of new CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) figures with the most amazing, intricate and lifelike details…
“Monsters Inc” (Image Source: dan-dare.org)
“Ice Age” (Image Source: cinematheiapolis.com)
Then came more Pixar blockbusters like Monsters Inc, and offerings from rival animation companies like Ice Age from Blue Sky of 20th Century Fox… and more recently Despicable Me from Universal Pictures studio. No doubt I have left out an infinite number of animated favourites and classics of yours, dear readers (surely, because as I type I keep remembering new titles of old favourites) and for this I apologise profusely… As I said at the outset, everyone has an an animated movie that they love and cherish (maybe several), and for you those colourful characters that danced across the silver screen or flickered on the television screens at home, spoke to your imagination and may yet still speak to the child within us all.
“Despicable Me” (Image Source: scannain.com)
Characters like Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther from The Jungle Book, and Sebastian the little crab from The Little Mermaid, and of course Timone and Pumba from the Lion King and Mike from Monsters Inc… all of these colourful little animations have become part of my collective creative subconsciousness… So today on World Animation Day, let’s all take a moment to salute the animators amongst us who feed our imaginations from childhood to adulthood with their characters. Thank you, from my eternal child within