Have you ever watched an anime because you wanted to know more about a character in the show? I watched the first ark of Beyblade after catching a picture of Kai and wanting to know his backstory. The show is based on teams competing in Beyblade battles, which reminds me of a combination between spinning tops and pongs.
What would you do if you inherited a genie and were granted three wishes? Would you let the power corrupt you, or would you use its power to make your dreams come true? Would you be tempted to bend the rules hoping that the genie’s power can warp reality to fit your desires? In the Disney film Aladdin, Aladdin is given that choice to use the genie to earn fame, riches, or the woman of his dreams, a passionate, strong-willed, and fiery Princess.
Many cultures around the world have different views of what the spirit world would appear as if seen by humans. In Japanese culture, it is believed that the realm of spirits co-exists in the human world. That spirits must have a purpose to stay in the human world, otherwise they will fade from both worlds.
The Haunted Mansion was a film Disney created after the success of the haunted attraction at the amusement parks owned by Disney. The film takes place at Gracey Manor where the ghostly servants and owner of the manor are cursed to stay trapped inside. Sarah Evens inherits the manor and with her husband and two children embarks on a journey that will change their lives forever.
What if there was a power that allowed you to change the world? To hear people’s thoughts, change their emotions or memories? To make them obedient without question? For those gifted with the power of Geass, these powers are both a blessing and a curse.
There is a belief that the spirit of a child can create the most powerful magic in the world. In Coraline, a seamstress uses soul energy from children to keep herself and her portal realm in existence. The portal world is a paradise for children, yet we all know that nothing is perfect. If it is than it’s a fake hiding a darker threat behind the facade.
One of the classic animes that focuses on brotherly love and their journey to discover a legendary treasure, The Philosopher’s Stone, is Full Metal Alchemist. The Elric brothers push the boundaries of science and magic by using alchemy, hoping to defy the governing law of equivalent exchange with The Philosophers Stone.
Tim Burton is known for his films having a flare of Gothic style and seeing a tale in a new perspective. The Corpse Bride is Burton’s concept of what occurs to the spirit when their lives are cut short. Giving a unique outlook on how death is not as depressing as mortals think compared to living in the world of the living.
Disney is well-versed in creating films based on tales created by The Brothers Grimm, creating stories many children can identify by name. Rapunzel is the story of the woman with the seventy-foot-long hair. Disney painted a light-hearted tale about a kidnapped princess trapped in the tower, but with The Brothers Grimm’s version, there lies a darker version of the tale.
Many fans of animation films are aware of the two biggest animation studios, which are Disney and Pixar, even with Disney’s recent purchase of 20th Century Fox, both Pixar and Disney are respectfully two of the most recognizable animation studios in the world compared to its competitors DreamWorks, Cartoon Network Studios. Hanna-Barbra, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Warner Bros. Animation Studios, and many others, its hard to remember that there are other animation studios besides Disney and Pixar.