Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Top Five Pixar Films - No.3: La Luna (2011)

**Includes spoilers**

La Luna was the Pixar short shown before Brave, in the cinema, it's also on the special features of the Brave DVD. I always love the Pixar short films, but this one has stood out 
for me among the rest.

La Luna is silent in terms of speaking, other than a couple of murmurs and grunts. The film tells the story of a little boy who has come of age and is finally getting to go to work with his Papa and Grandpa. The boy looks up to the two men and tries to copy them, although there are constant disagreements between Papa and Grandpa on how things should be done. The three sit in their boat on the ocean and wait for the full moon to rise. The little boy then ascends a ladder and anchors their boat to the moon. Papa and Grandpa set about their job of sweeping the fallen stars off the moon's surface. After trying each man's favoured technique the little boy eventually finds his own way of doing things and they work together to get the job done.

I had to include this short film in my top five, because it's such a lovely story. I don't know if it is an original Pixar idea or based on a fable, but either way it is brilliant. Pixar show that it is no effort to tell an engaging story without the use of speech. Another reason I love the story so much is because it gives a different explanation for something that we take for granted. The reason the moon seems to change shape in the sky is not because of reflected sunlight, it's because the fallen stars are being swept aside.

Picture For Thought

Film number two features this misunderstood fellow.

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