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The thing is, I think this is very common in adulthood. We turn our backs on so many things we used to like, sometimes for the better, but in some cases, it's just because we have this preconceived idea that adults don't do that. I think it's this way with cartoons, and I really wish I could call people out on it more often, because I believe if people would give it a chance, more adults would be watching 2-D animated cartoons.
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There is another movie, however, that really brought back my love of animated movies. It's a documentary that fleshes out all the ins-and-outs of the anime industry in Japan. The movie is called, Anime: Drawing a Revolution. It's a movie chock full of interviews and information about the burgeoning industry in Japan, and what it really means to be an anime movie.
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You might think, well anime is still just a cartoon, and technically you'd be right. However, anime is actually a revolution in Japan. It's swept the country, just the same way the big named actors in America take control every big movie season. Anime movies are the movies of Japan, and with that, they aren't the typical silly child-like cartoons, such as Scooby Doo. Many of them are dramatic pieces, that can create an emotional tie to the stories and characters.
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The difference here, is an emotional tie that isn't present in most animated movies. However, in anime, this is an important factor, to find something true to hold on to, and press beyond the black lines and colors, to reach out and touch the audience.
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So, before you pass judgement on an animated feature-length film, please try and consider its background first. If you know of any more films you think deserve consideration, I love to hear about them in the comments section. Otherwise, I hope your holidays have been great!