The Old Man and the Sea (1999)
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Beautiful short but it couldn't capture the infinity-like struggle of the old man that even I almost felt myself as I read the book (would have cried, if I hadn't been at work).
It's still one of the best animation I've seen as well.
That's a very different style of animation just like watercolor paintings arrenged in a row. But it's deficient in reflecting the spirit of old man's struggles with marlin he had hunted and also sharks had been fought for setting their attacks back.
Aleksandr Petrov's animated adaptation of Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize winning novella is the third attempt to bring the story to the screen following the live action films starring Spencer Tracy and Anthony Quinn - this version is a brisk 20 minutes and won Petrov the Academy Award for Best Animated Short, but personally it left me unmoved.
The medium is, unusually, oil painting on glass which must have been extraordinarily time consuming to shoot. It adds a suitably liquid, vibrant look to the film, but unfortunately the composition and flights of imagination you might expect for an animated reading are sorely lacking. This is a very faithful adaptation and a rather safe one too, lavishly recreating the struggle between man and marlin, but never truly engaging or evoking a sense of wonder; a perilous sea voyage and battle of wills has never felt quite so pedestrian.
Very nice to look at, but much less deep than the sea it animates.
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