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Review of the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

Outstanding puppet cartoon about underground trolls, cheese, cunning, friendship and danger of prejudice

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In the dungeons of the dairy-products of the town of Sirburg, small trolls live, who are called "boxies" because they wear cardboard boxes instead of clothes, in order to hide in them in case of danger. The cowboys are charming, cowardly and harmless, but in Syrburgh they are considered bloodthirsty monsters, and urban fighter monsters Archibald Khwatson inflames prejudices in the hope that when he is finished with trolls, grateful residents will make him an aristocrat with the right to wear a luxurious white cylinder and tasting the rarest cheeses . The last, however, for Hwatson's death is similar, since he has a terrible allergy to cheese. But ambitions will catch the villain's eye, and he catches one by one until the monsters are helped by a pupil who grew up in the dungeon 10-year-old orphan Eggs, who does not even suspect that he is a man, not a troll.

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

American animation studio Laika is very different from its competitors. While Pixar, DreamWorks and others like them create computer graphics and use bright, "sweet" colors, the animators of Laika are clinging to gothic-gloomy and eccentric puppet cartoons, where no one is surprised by a little girl who talks with rapture about the rivers of blood, or A little boy who sees ghostly dead bodies everywhere.

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

To decorate the scenery of the film, 55 varieties of sham cheese were used, carefully copied from real cheese heads

The new, third in the account creation of Laika after "Coraline in the Land of Nightmare"And"ParaNorman"Is her most grandiose and technically honed canvas, and if you love puppet animation, then you can stop reading the review and run for tickets, because nothing better in this style you will not see until the next picture of the studio. But does the "Monster Family" have other advantages, besides the unique, amazing work with dolls, leaving behind all the "Nightmares before Christmas"?

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

The faces of the dolls were assembled from parts printed on 3D printers, and this gave animators quick access to an unlimited number of facial expressions. The main character, for example, had 1,4 million potential facial expressions!

Of course have! First of all, "Semeyka" is a holiday not only on the street of fans of puppet cartoons, but also on the street of fans of steam parank. If the picture smelled, it would not smell the cheese, and the smell of style - the tape is literally imbued with caricature stylizations for Victorian England, complemented by bizarre mechanisms and devices (in their spare time, the boxes make all sorts of garbage picked up during the night raids of human garbage). What is the steam mega-robot, which almost carries Syrburgh in the culmination! And what doll suits in the film, what scenery, what city streets and squares ... Mmm, lepota!

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

Nice and character designs that corrected the main oversight of ParaNorman. Artists of the previous tape Laika skewered the stick with artistic ugliness, and on some relatively positive characters of "ParaNorman" you could not look without shudder, although they were not zombies, but ordinary people. In the "Family of monsters," only ugly people (especially Hwatson) are ugly, and Eggs, his girlfriend Vinni and other positive characters are attractive enough to want their figures to be placed on a shelf and to admire them every day.

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

A frame from the cartoon "The Family of Monsters"

Finally, the plot of the tape develops thrillingly and without delays, and it successfully combines adventures, jokes, experiences and sudden scenario turns. At least according to the standards of children's animation. In addition, in the "Family", none of the goodies does not tear books from the hands of the dead and does nothing that should not be shown to young children (yes, this is again a hint of "ParaNorman").

Still, the language can not be called the "masterpiece" "masterpiece". Because, with all the refinement of its animation, design and script, the picture does not shine with the subtlety and soulfulness of the final of ParaNorman and some scenes of Coraline. Of course, this is a blockbuster, not an art house, but we know that the best American cartoons can combine one with another and create such simultaneously grandiose, fascinating and touching tapes as "Finding Nemo"And"How to Train Your Dragon". "The family of monsters" does not reach this level. But it deserves the attention and respect of the audience and the way it is.

Since 25 September at the cinema.

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