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Magic by Hand

Ponyo magically gliding across the ocean.

Ponyo magically gliding across the ocean.

I haven’t seen much of Hayao Miyazaki’s work, but I am aware of his reputation.  I do know that his imagination is unrivaled, his stories are eccentric, and amazingly, all of his films are drawn by hand.  That’s right: no computers or cgi.  Cartoons made the way cartoons should be made.

Ponyo, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, tells the story of a goldfish named Ponyo who falls in love with a boy Sōsuke (pronounced Soo-skay) and ultimately dreams of transforming into a real human girl.  It is a film that thrives on the magic it emits from its craft.  To quote Roger Ebert, “This is more than ‘artistry.’ It is art.”

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The Ten Commandments of Movie Watching

On the eve of Passover, God came to me in a dream.  (Ok…. it was Roger Ebert dressed as God, but nevertheless.)  He asked me, “What has happened to civility in the cinema today?  No longer can I sit in a film and watch in peace and quiet. When the lights go down and the projector is turned on man turns into a wild animal!  He must be restrained.  For these reasons, you must spread my gospel with these Ten Commandments.”

God has asked me to pass his word on to the people.

God has asked me to pass his word on to the people.

And so it was written:
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