12/9/2015

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

A beautiful film, both in terms of the story and of the hand-drawn animation, which is gorgeous. It’s based on a traditional story about a bamboo cutter finding a princess in a bamboo shoot, and raising her as his daughter. There are some wonderful moments, but it’s quite a bitter-sweet tale, as many folk tales are: no Disney happy endings here!

Even if you don’t fall for the plot or characters, you can just sit back and enjoy the art. The visuals really are stunning, and I was blown away by the scene in which the Princess runs away from the palace and the style goes from very gentle watercolour and pencil/charcoal to monochrome, sketchy, kinetic drawing, which gets across the despair and desperation of the character superbly well.


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