“A wonderful meeting, or a beautiful thing can exist. We depict hatred, but it is to depict that there are more important things. We depict a curse, to depict the joy of liberation. What we should depict is, how the boy understands the girl, and the process in which the girl opens her heart to the boy. At the end, the girl will say to the boy, ‘I love you, Ashitaka. But I cannot forgive humans.’ Smiling, the boy should say, ‘That is fine. Live with me.’” ( — Hayao Miyazaki)
#ashitaka is probably my favorite canonical hero ever #(my other favorites i had to bring a lot of fanon along but ashitaka is solid as is) #this photoset really brings it home that all of the ‘intimate’ or ‘traditionally romantic[looking] moments of the film are moments of gentleness or compassion in the midst of ugly scenes #san puts her mouth on his to feed him when he is too weak from being shot #ashitaka pulls her face to his when she is literally being consumed by hatred and pulls her into an embrace when she herself has stabbed him #offers of love and safety and acceptance and provision in an ugly violent world #and i love that forgiveness was not required of her character arc because the wrongs that were committed could not be undone #it is so rare to have a story where someone is set free from a life of hatred and revenge BUT IS NOT FORCED TO FORGIVE #i don’t even have the words for how important that is #because forgiveness is not mandatory for healing no matter what some people say #let’s live together—not the ‘together’ of romance but the ‘let’s live’ as a decision not to let yourself end
bee movie is rated pg for parental guidance
the more screenshots i see of bee movie, the less convinced I am that it’s a real film.
The Book of Life - Trailer #2
During the scene when Mulan decides to go to war instead of her father, she decides to do it while sitting on the foot of the Great Stone Dragon. The image of the dragon looking over Mulan is repeated several times throughout the sequence, and the bolts of lightning strike at significant times whenever the dragon is in sight. When Mulan takes her father’s scroll and when she is praying to her ancestors, the Great Stone Dragon can be seen. It is also engraved on the sword Mulan uses to cut her hair and the handles of the wardrobe containing the armor are in the shape of the dragon’s head. The dragon’s eyes glowing in the temple symbolizes Mulan’s role as protector of her family awakening, instead of the actual dragon.
The reason Mushu couldn’t wake the dragon is because the dragon was no longer there. Mulan is implied to be the Great Dragon that protects her family.
I get very defensive of film as an art form, and animation especially, because of stuff like this. People sometimes place it lower on the scale of narrative, or say it isn’t as powerful as the written word, but there are things like this; things you can only imply through the visual language that’s exclusive to film. It’s communicating an idea in a way that you might not even realize, but you feel it. It’s a whole different way of storytelling.
The song hallelujah always makes me cry but it also makes me think of Shrek???