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Today's posts are all about COLOR, in one form or another- which is fitting for Fall, with all the changing colors of nature, all around us!
Our first feature today is a new movie coming to US theatres on Friday, September 30th!
This movie brings us the colors of Russia and the far North!
Rémi Chayé (first AD and head of storyboard for Oscar®-Nominated The Secret of Kells, The Painting) and
Check out the trailer:
I appear to have turned Miss Grace into a foreign cartoon afficiando- every time she sees one come in for review, she can't wait to watch it, and she is always filled with so many questions, that the DVDs turn into mini educational sessions! A parent can't complain about that! So it was no different with this French Danish one- though I did get accused of holding it back from her (well, yes as she had FOUR hours of homework the night before-grrrr another day's topic), but it was only one day!
The movie opens with Fall colors and I was surprised to hear Miss Grace say how much better she likes the hand drawn cartoons, as they 'seem less fake', within the first 10 minutes! I actually kept having to STOP the video to answer her many questions about Russia, exploring the far North and about the time period. Whew, good thing Mom taught me a lot of Tsarist Russia, otherwise I would never have been able to answer them all! And then when I told her we needed to stop it and continue the next day, it was like pulling teeth out of her head! She was SO enchanted in the movie, that stopping it was unthinkable! Sasha was a girl she could relate to- refined when needed, tomgirl on the inside, and all heart. How she ends up leading the crew to find her grandfather's ship is not the traditional Disney tale. It's raw and emotional, but so much better for young girls to see! We both enjoyed the movie- it was different and unique, yet keeps you transfixed!
There are plenty of themes for parental discussion and I would NOT recommend it for kids under age 9-10, unless a parent is watching it with them. While Sasha is courageous and gutsy (to the extreme), younger kids will wonder why it appears her parents weren't looking for her or how she managed to get so far alone. There is also her grandfather's death and abandonment episodes to talk over, that could frighten younger kids. But these are all LEARNING lessons. Life may have been harder in the 19th century, but pluckiness, loyalty and honesty never go out of style, and these film teaches them, in a new way. It is quite easy to see why it has won so many awards already!
About the Film:
Directed by celebrated animator and filmmaker Rémi Chayé and produced by Cinéma