Is There a Cure for Ani-Mania?

A CRITIC'S VIEW

Of all cinematic forms, animated films are the purest. They don't copy our world by photographing it; they dream up--draw up--worlds we were too timid to imagine. From the early work of Walt Disney (a pen draws a cute mouse) to the computer stylings of Pixar's John Lasseter (a mouse draws a toy cowboy), a good animator is a true creator--almost the Creator--and animation is God's breath; it makes movies move. Kids knew this: their first film was often a Disney animated feature. In the dark cathedral they giggled, cried, were transported. It was a good place to learn astonishment.

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