901 – Mowgli (2018)

timespace coordinates: 1850s British Raj

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (also known and stylized on screen simply as Mowgli) is a 2018 fantasy adventure film directed by Andy Serkis based on stories collected in All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling. The film stars Rohan ChandMatthew Rhys, and Freida Pinto, along with voice and motion capture performances from Christian BaleCate BlanchettBenedict CumberbatchNaomie Harris, and Serkis. (wiki)

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‘Mowgli’: A wildly impressive — and very dark — version of ‘The Jungle Book’

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890 – Origin: Spirits of the Past (2006)

It is 300 years into the future. Earth’s environment had been devastated by mankind’s own foolish plans and humankind is beleaguered by the sentient forests which they have awoken. The world balance is tipped when a young boy named Agito stumbles across a machine that glowed in a strange blue hue inside a forbidden sanctuary. The machine, which has preserved a beautiful girl named Toola from the past, is activated. Toola has a “mission” that had been entrusted to her by the past …bf0f72f7ba2f481ee0e1cee949de8bc0Origin: Spirits of the Past, known in Japan as Silver-Haired Agito (Japanese: 銀色の髪のアギト Hepburn: Gin’iro no Kami no Agito), is a 2006 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Keiichi Sugiyama, written by Nana Shiina and Naoko Kakimoto, and produced by Gonzo. (wiki)

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862 – Vexille (2007)

timespace coordinates: Japan, 2077vexille 2077 poster 1Vexille (ベクシル 2077日本鎖国 Bekushiru 2077 Nihon sakoku, full Japanese title literally “Vexille: 2077 Japanese Isolation”) is a 2007 Japanese CGI anime film, written, directed, and edited by famed Ping Pong director Fumihiko Sori, and features the voices of Meisa Kuroki, Yasuko Matsuyuki, and Shosuke Tanihara. (wiki)

A female agent named Vexille is dispatched to Tokyo to investigate whether Japanese are developing robotic technology, which has been banned by the U.N. due to its potential threat to humankind. (imdb)


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860 – Searching (2018)

timespace coordinates: 2015 – 2017 San Jose, CaliforniaSRCH_OnLine_1SHT_6072x9000_LK2_01_rgbSearching is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty and written by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. Set almost entirely on smartphones and computer screens, the film follows a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter (Michelle La) with the help of a police detective (Debra Messing). It was the first mainstream Hollywood thriller headlined by an Asian-American actor. (wiki)

While the film features computer operating systems, programs and (mostly) websites, they were re-created from scratch and animated on computers. (trivia)

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855 – The Secret of Kells (2009)

timespace coordinates: 9th century Ireland

1118full-the-secret-of-kells-posterThe Secret of Kells is a 2009 French-Belgian-Irish animated fantasy film animated by Cartoon Saloon directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey.

The film is based on the story of the origin of the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament located in Dublin, Ireland.

It also draws upon Celtic mythology; examples include its inclusion of Crom Cruach, a pre-Christian Irish deity and the reference to the poetic genre of Aislings, in which a poet is confronted by a dream or vision of a seeress, in the naming of the forest sprite encountered by Brendan. Wider mythological similarities have also been commented upon, such as parallels between Brendan’s metaphysical battle with Crom Cruach and Beowulf‘s underwater encounter with Grendel’s mother. 

The Secret of Kells began development in 1999, when Tomm Moore and several of his friends were inspired by Richard Williams’s The Thief and the Cobbler, Disney’s Mulan and the works of Hayao Miyazaki, which based their visual style on the respective traditional art of the cultures featured in each film. They decided to do something similar to Studio Ghibli‘s films but with Irish art. Tomm Moore explained that the visual style was inspired by Celtic and medieval art, being ‘flat, with false perspective and lots of colour’. Even the clean up was planned to ‘obtain the stained glass effect of thicker outer lines’. (wiki)

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