It is to my great joy that film critic and Ghibli scholar Daniel Thomas MacInnes has updated The Ghibli Blog again after a year. Of course, he has been busy with writing and trying to set up an independent publishing company, so I do not begrudge his absence. If you were not already aware, he is one of my favorite film critics, right up there with Imogen Sara Smith. He has boundless enthusiasm for his subjects and while I may not always agree with his evaluations on certain movies, he is a critic who makes you think deeply– and should that not be the goal of all great criticism?
To celebrate this occasion, let me leave you with one of my favorite passages of his, describing the art of animation, its potential as a medium when compared to live-action film-making:
“[Animation] is instinctively surrealist, dreamlike, psychedelic. Animation speaks to the language of the soul, exists beyond language, beyond the literal and the linear. Ours is a “what you see is what you get” culture. Art, and true religion, aims to break free of those self-imposed boundaries to seek what lies beyond, pushing us into the unknown. Alive in the Superunknown.”
Here’s the link to the rest of the article, detailing his top twenty favorite animated films, television and shorts included: