Japan's animation industry started picking up momentum after WWII, when they saw the incredible work Disney was producing. The signature large eyes in Anime comes from trying to copy the large eyes in movies like Bambi and Snow White! The Japanese have a long history of illustration going back centuries, and the style of Anime comes from viewing western animation through their particular cultural lens.
Japan To America Anime and Manga (Japanese comics) didn't have the social shift that happened in America, because there is a larger audience throughout generations in Japan interested in movies with fantasy and kid themes. While Anime was rising and developing such movies like Astro-Boy, most Americans had no way of learning about a new art form on the rise half a world away. It wasn't until the 1980's when the development of VHS home movies opened up the world to new discovered movies globally. Anime had been developing successful movies for over thirty years, and American had to catch up.
While Anime was rising and developing such movies like Astro-Boy, most Americans had no way of learning about a new art form on the rise half a world away. It wasn't until the 1980's when the development of VHS home movies opened up the world to new discovered movies globally. Anime had been developing successful movies for over thirty years, and American had to catch up.
Anime targets adult demographics often with mature content, themes, complex plots and characters. Anime writers do not talk down to their community of followers, so movies such as "Akira" often required multiple viewings just to figure out what the hell it was about. Sure there was Anime made for kids, but most Americans lacked the cultural understanding for it to be relevant. What we as Americans did understand was animated protagonists being just as mature as our Hollywood action heroes.
Futon Potato's Take On The Most Popular Anime Movie
The best known family friendly Anime comes from Hayao Miyazaki and his
Studio Ghibli. You probably recognize the titles released through Disney
1) Spirited Away
2) Howl's Moving Castle
The Above Two Movies were made for a more
family friendly audiences, the plots and themes dealt with deeper
concepts than used in cartoons. If you haven't seen it, Spirited Away is
the story of a young girl that must use personal responsibility and
hard work to save her parents in a scary and magical theme park. This is
a huge departure from traditional western stories in animation like the
Disney Princesses that usually needed a Prince to resolve the conflict.
I highly recommend watching any of Anime from Studio Ghibli, as they
are just as magical and awe inspiring for adults as for children. Just
one warning: don't let the cute kids on the cover of Grave Of The
Fireflies fool you because it will make you depressed or cry. Just
imagine what it will do to your kids!
Animation: Claymation Plays In Many Of The Classic Animated Movies And TV Show
Claymation was pioneered as a special effect,
by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, who was a master in the pre-CGI world. In the
original King Kong, the skeletons from The 7th Voyage of Sindbad and all the
creatures from the older Clash of the Titans are the most famous of
Harryhausen's work. This style stayed as an industry standard and was used in
countless movies, including the space battles of the Star Wars movies.