By Justin Rev Ino Tamang
Forget anything animated you have seen this year; Kubo and the Two Strings is here.
When the owners are away, the pets come out and play – that is the main premise.
The narrative focuses on Max (Louis CK), a dog owned by Katie (Ellie Kemper). The two have the perfect owner-pet relationship, at least until Katie brings home a large mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Max disliked the idea of having to share the house and, of course, Katie’s attention. So, the two bicker, fight, and end up getting lost. Max and Duke try to find their way home while their other pet friends team up to look for them.
When Po was introduced to us back in 2008, we instantly loved him. From his fur ball cuteness to his optimistic attitude, he made us loyal to his character. The much anticipated third installment of Kung Fu Panda, transformed Po and other adored figures into less likable characters. With too shallow plot, ineffective comedy, and repetitive punch lines, the panda may have to face its final film.
Humans do not exist in the world of Zootopia. Instead, mammals have evolved and have found a way to live among each other. Predator or prey, it doesn’t matter; everyone gets along – at least that’s what they say. There is much more to this mammal-inhabited world.
Cinema often portrays loneliness through piercing wails from emphatic characters. Anomalisa believes it does not need to do so. It enters into the core of the audience using simulated movements of inanimate objects. It proposes that the complexity of human psyche can be alternatively seen using lifeless images. Anomalisa beautifully combines stop motion animation and melodrama to tell the story of solitude in his mundane world. It perfectly captures the melancholic reality of depression.