Not only does Jessica currently enjoy playing hide and go seek with us, she also loves hiding her toys – and heaven forbid any adults in the vicinity choose not to play with! :D
This was taken around the breakfast table on our recent(-ish) weekend getaway to Jacobsbaai.
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One of Jessica’s favourite things to do at the moment is play hide and seek with us, which usually means me dashing around the house and finding some rather implausible hiding spots while she grabs Mommy’s hand and comes looking for me.
She hasn’t quite got the hang of it just yet – it really is too cute to find her with her head stuck under the couch cover, secure in the knowledge that because she can’t see us, we can’t see her – but she does have it in her head that once she’s uncovered my hiding spot, she needs to run and find one of her own! :)
Of course, all this running around is more often than not, quite a tiring business.
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