Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How I Got Hooked on Animation

I've had this blog for over ten years now. I want to relay a bit more on how I got interested in animation.

When I was younger all the animation I watched was theatrically released and televised Western animation that was available through mainstream sources. The first animation I was seriously interested in was The Simpsons and Futurama. But back then, animation wasn't one of my biggest hobbies. My biggest hobby was playing the first two Roller Coaster Tycoon games, particularly the second. There is a web community where people make their own theme parks which was my main hobby from when I was 13 to 17. I wasn't very good at it myself, because I just didn't have the imagination to create all the interconnected aesthetic looking theme parks. At that web site I was reintroduced to Batman Beyond, a show that I'd heard of but had never seen more than a minute or two. At that point I was interested in movies in general, but had little interest in animation in particular.

One day, I was interested in Spirited Away, a film that I'd confused with Lost in Translation perhaps the year before. When I watched it for the first time, I was blown away. That got me interested in animation though I wasn't an animation fan yet. I found out, probably due to a review in the newspaper, I think my dad noticed. I watched it and I enjoyed it even more than Spirited Away. It's still my favorite animated film. That's what hooked me on animation. But that's only part of the story. Now I'll tell you the movie that got me interested in starting an obscure animation blog.

I looked up movies on Wikipedia's List of Animated Feature Films and I discovered The Adventures of Prince Achmed. I found it on DVD, I think through Netflix. It was the best non-Japanese animated movie that I've seen to this day. It made me realize that there's a lot of good animation out there that isn't being recognized so I started a blog to talk about it.

My current top five animated films are these:

1. Paprika
2. The Adventures of Prince Achmed.
3. Whisper of the Heart
4. Spirited Away
5. Drawn from Memory

Next time I may do a blog post about my favorite animated film from each country I've seen one from. If you're interested in that, please leave a comment.

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