Tag Archives: children

Review: Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek Anime | My Reviews 28 SEP 2011

2004 saw the release of Shuuhei Morita’s cel-shaded anime short, Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek. The film is based around “Otokoyo”, a game of hide and seek played by children, wearing fox masks, near the ruins of an abandoned old city. The children who play this disappear, believed to be spirited away by demons. Kakurenbo follows Hikora, a boy who joins the game with hopes of finding his missing sister, Sorincha.

A cleverly written, suitably dark little tale of only 30 minutes in length, which seeks to highlight the idea that the industrialization of Tokyo is coming at a cost in terms of its natural aesthetic, for example, the lighting of Tokyo is taking away a once innocent childhood game. Given the short run time, Shuuhei produces an excellent script and wastes nothing as he masterfully tells the story he wants to be told, weaving in a very unexpected twist in the tale of what is a decidedly scary little story.

On the animation front, the cel-shaded computer graphics are superb (apart from the missing fingernails on the characters, a detail that really is off-putting). Characters, demons and locations are beautifully rendered, capturing the necessary tone and shading to perfection. Likewise, the music is haunting and melodic, filling the gaps in the narration beautifully, and deftly picking up the tempo when the need arises. Also, the voice actors all do their work admirably, resulting in a polished production that both looks and sounds very good.

Overall, Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek is a very well made and well told story, that engages you as a viewer and sucks you in, making you completely oblivious of the 30 minutes that just seem to rush by in the blink of an eye. This story about disappearing children is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea and you can’t come to this one expecting a laugh or two, but it is most definitely a brilliant example of just how one can properly capture a darker tone using the relatively underused cel-shaded animation techniques combined with a clever short story.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakurenbo

Joke Factory: Riding Tall Jokes & other Funny Stuff 27 MAY 2011

A group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, accompanied by two female teachers, went on a field trip to the local racetrack to learn about thoroughbred horses and the supporting industry – but mostly to see the horses of course!

When it was time to take the children to the bathroom, it was decided that the girls would go with one teacher and the boys would go with the other. The teacher assigned to the boys was waiting outside the men’s room when one of the boys came out and told her that none of them could reach the urinal.

Having no other real option available to her, she went inside, helped the boys with their pants, and began hoisting the little boys up one by one, holding on to their ‘wee-wees’ to direct the flow away from their clothes.

As she lifted the final one, she couldn’t help but notice that he was unusually well endowed. Trying not to show that she was staring, the teacher said, “You must be in the 5th grade.”

“No, ma’am”, he replied.

“I’m riding Bold Silvano in the seventh race, but I do appreciate your help.”

Robert Miles’ Children and Nostalgia Gone Bad Music 22 MAR 2011

robert miles children single coverHa ha, had to laugh at myself the other day. A little while ago, at 17:30 on a Friday afternoon on the way back from work, DJ Fresh and his team featured Robert Miles on their daily Cheese segment on 5FM.

When I heard they were going to be playing one of Miles’ tracks, I immediately thought to myself, “Surely they’ll pick Children, one of his all time classic tracks, and one I remember extremely fondly!?”.

Anyway, so his turn came and I excitedly waited to see which song they had picked, and when it started playing, I shook my head in utter disbelief, unable to believe that they had had the audacity to have chosen this particular song, one which is definitely not one of his most well known tracks, and is definitely not one that I even recognise!

The song played out and I angrily continued to shake my head, when Fresh chirped in letting us all know that Robert Miles’…. Children had just finished playing.

D’oh!

This is how senility starts setting in you know… :P

Anyway, just in case you are like me, and have perhaps forgotten how the awesome Children goes, here’s a link:

(That said, it doesn’t seem quite that awesome now that I’ve been reconnected with it…)