Animated - 8/9 - Big Story Group
What makes a hero? How does the audience become engaged with your protagonist? Are we empathetic with her? What are the commonalities among protagonists in films and literature? Mathew Winkler has created a TED-Ed original animated lesson on this subject using Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth from “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”. Campbell summarized the monomyth in his book:
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”
“How To Train Your Dragon 2″ is the second chapter of the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, set five years after Hiccup and Toothless have successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. Now, while charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds during the dragon races, they discover new dragons reviving the old tension between the Vikings and these powerful creatures.
“Frozen” is an ‘epic’ journey to save a kingdom from an eternal winter created by the wicked and evil powers of the Snow Queen. Her sister teams up with the rugged mountain man Kristoff to break the ice. The film is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. Directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”). Premieres November 27, 2013. Return to Thumbnail View.
“Tarzan” is a modernized version of the original story. While John Greystoke, his wife and child are exploring the jungle when their helicopter crashes, killing everyone except the three year-old child. The traumatized child is raised by mountain gorillas and becomes Tarzan. At fourteen, Tarzan encounters the first human since the crash, a visitor to Africa named Jane Porter. Directed by Reinhard Klooss. Written by Reinhard Klooss (screenplay), Jessica Postigo (screenplay), based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Starring Kellan Lutz, Robert Capron and Jaime Ray Newman. Return to Thumbnail View.
“Blade Runner – Aquarelle Edition” is a 35-minute interpretation of Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner made from 12,597 animated watercolor (aquarelle) paintings. It’s an eerily beautiful and, apparently, passionate undertaking by Anders Ramsell. His animation is made by creating hand-painted ‘frames’…each 1.5 by 3cm paintings which are then synced to audio from the movie. The Swedish artists says “Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition follows the original movie´s storyline but I have taken the liberty to change a lot of things. It was never my intent to make an exact version of the movie, that would fill no purpose. Instead I wanted to create a something different and never before seen — “The Aquarelle Edition”. Return to Thumbnail View.
“Heavenly Sword” is an animated film based on the highly successful interactive game by the same name. The story follows Nariko embarking on a quest for vengeance against the invading king and his army while armed with an ancient sword that can never be wielded by a mortal without it slowly and inevitably killing them. After footage received positive feedback at Cannes, Sony decided to release the feature film in theaters as well as direct-to-video release in 2014. Directed by Gun Ho Jang. Written by Todd Farmer. Starring Anna Torv, Alfred Molina and Thomas Jane. Return to Thumbnail View.
“Mr Peabody and Sherman” follows the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, using their time machine to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era.