Cinema is good for children. It does not undertake an educator role (May it never happens! That is main quality of parents and teachers), but if beside to milk and breakfast biscuits, we put a little of the substance of which dreams are made of, we could grow beautiful adults. The writer firmly believes it. Of course, let them be dreams suitable for them. In the infinite proposal that the seventh art produces every year for us, we have identified seven films, including animation and interpreters in the flesh, which deserve to be seen by children in the first place.
Two will be in theatres in 2017: Baby Boss and Blazing Samurai. The first will be inspired by the eponymous book written and illustrated by Marla Frazee, Californian illustrator of literature for children. New animation film from DreamWorks, directed by Tom McGrath, outgoing January 13, it will be about the adventures of an easy-talking baby who runs equipped with a briefcase and his older brother, a child of seven years jealous of the attention reserved to the Baby Boss. As rivals in the division of maternal love, the two puppies will have to learn to ally themselves against the CEO of the Puppy Co., which aims to destroy love in the world.
Love and, in contrast, bitter enemies of the peace in the world, are also elements that weave the plot of Blazing Samurai, the story of Hank, a dog who dreams of becoming a samurai to defeat a feline who would like to get rid of all the inhabitants of Kakamucho city. It will not be the whole world, but the parallel is served.
Good. Now that we gave you two tasty previews, let’s see the masterpieces of the recent past that should form the video library of every child in the age of development.
A very effective parable to describe the emotional process that governs American teenager in crisis is INSIDE Out. Rather than a movie, it is an enchantment to the eyes, mind and ears. The genius of Pixar’s Pete Docter outdid himself giving the world a cartoon shaped work of art, where five beautiful and necessary emotions try to find a difficult balance in the body of a twelve year old in turmoil. Joy and, above all, Sadness are able to move even the most impenetrable adult.
But the incredible of a movie like this, is that it follows of a few years another masterpiece from Pixar as UP. The friendship that is created on the big screen between the tripod walker old man Carl Fredricksen and an eight year old boy scout Russell, both bearers of great suffering on their shoulders, it fills the heart with a purity and a faith in mankind that we believed lost.
Our movie mini-trip aimed at children ends with François Ozon and his Ricky, story of romance and freedom. A bit of French realism, mixed with a surreal comedy in which lull and think that there is hope for humanity. A sweet baby, with sprouting angel wings on the shoulders reddened by two mysterious bruises, shows us. “A cross between Dardenne brothers and Walt Disney”, said Ozon. He is a cinéphile director who knows so well the means to exploiting its potential, including the child’s imagination beside the artist’s style.
Cover: Blazing Samurai