Brad Bird the American Miyazaki
Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) seems perhaps to be one of the best animation writer/directors in America. He is part of the new generation of Animators involved with Pixar, who seem to be viewing Cartoons as a new form of storytelling rather than just as something to pander to children. This view of animation is the ideal Walt Disney had, and the concept found in the Japanese Anime of Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away)
I just finished watching Ratatouille, a story about family, food, france and rats. It tells the tale of Remy, a rat who has a taste for fine cuisine. He ends up moving to paris and finding work (after a fashion) as a Chef in a fine French restaurant. While the movie is appropriate for children it doesn’t treat it’s audience as anything less than intelligent mature people. This is the same feeling I got from watching The Incredibles which felt more like a Graphic Novel than a Super Hero Cartoon.
While I understand this isn't a Perl related post (something I try to maintain here), I felt it deserved a wider audience than my personal blog.