A. Honestly, I didn’t really learn any lessons during the movie. It didn’t really give off an education vibe so it definitely is more of a film that’s for entertainment purposes. To add on, I feel like the overall purpose of the film is to portray a children’s film differently than Disney or other studios through this adventure with this baby.
B. There are a lot of things that this film challenges when it comes to the average animation. Nudity is the most prominent one. The way that it is casually portrayed is something that is unfamiliar to me when it comes to animation. However, it’s understandable considering how it’s not as big of an issue in Africa, as opposed to the United States. Another convention that was different for this movie was the kissing scene. Usually, Disney movies end with a kiss between a Prince and Princess or Hero and Heroine or etc. Needless to say, I was kind of shocked when the sorceress kissed Kiriko. The imagery of this grown woman kissing a baby was a surprise to see when age gaps are something that’s seen as inappropriate in the United States especially when animation is already so strict with kissing. The initial shock that I had when I started the movie (Kiriko severing his umbilical cord and naming himself) did wear off eventually, but it came back full swing after watching that scene.
A. The two films, Kirikou and Spirited Away, are very different films. For one, Spirited Away was created in Japan and the overall film is more conservative than the African Kirikou. Another difference between the two are the protagonists. Chihiro is a very unsure and scared girl at the beginning of the film, but she grows more confident in herself throughout the film. A part of the storyline of the film is Chihiro’s journey to become a more confident young woman. In opposition, Kirikou is confident literally from his birth. His outspokenness is very different from Chihiro’s more reserved self. Chihiro at the end of the film is more similar to Kirikou, but she had to get to that level of confidence.
The overall style of the two films are very different, as well. Kirikou is kind of told in a choppy way. It’s almost as if it’s a bunch of different mini episodes told in one and the overall conversations are kind of awkward. There’s also a bunch of long pauses and it’s very avante garde. Spirited Away, however, follows the structure of the average animation film. It’s much smoother and there aren’t any long pauses in it. The animation in Spirited Away is also much more clear. I’m not sure if it was just the quality of the youtube video, but Kirikou was also very choppy with the animation, as well. The animation in Spirited Away is much more fluid and has a more professional feel to it. In which case, Spirited Away was just easier for me to watch because it looked nicer.