Revue tito et les oiseaux: a pictorial representation of fear as a weapon
Comments 2021-01-18 13:40:37
The more animation you watch, the clearer it becomes that only a few titles offer anything original in terms of graphics and storytelling. Tito and the birds
is one of those rarities. Originally from Brazilian filmmakers Gustavo Steinberg , Gabriel Bitar and Andre Catoto , this beautifully animated tale definitely earned its Annie Award nomination for best independent animation. Functionality, alongside two of my other favorites of the year: MFKZ and In Tito and the Birds, the main character is a shy 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother in a Dystopian Brazil. When an unusual epidemic begins to spread, an epidemic that makes people sick whenever they are afra id, Tito quickly discovers that a possible cure may be linked to his missing father"s research into birdsong. . The search for Tito’s antidote becomes uquest to save his friends and family, find his missing father and discover his own identity. There may be a bit of history lost in translation for English audiences, but Tito and the Birds deserves accolades for his visual flair alone. To get a feel for the film"s unique visual style, take a look at the trailer, followed by my review: The first thing that grabs you while watching Tito and the birds is his visual approach to storytelling. In a sea of computer-generated similarity when it comes to animated films, this love letter to expressionist art draws a number of brushes from the artists" repertoire: oil paintings, drawings digital and animated graphics provide a moving portrait that is as beautiful as it is relevant to the story and its narrative. Tito and the Birds just wouldn"t be the same movie if it were made in a traditional 2D animation hand drawn.hand, watercolor or 3D CG. There is a warmth and liveliness to this style that gives the film a sense of movement, tension and, perhaps most interestingly, impermanence. The best visual example of this approach is on display when Tito and the birds describes the effects of the fear epidemic on the population. While I strongly suggest that you watch this movie for yourself to see how the story unfolds, it is worth mentioning the transformative nature of this "fear toxin". It essentially breaks people into limbless chunks, motionless, rock-like drops that have become so crippled by their own fear that they have become unable to move, act, or even communicate. This is the best visual phor in the film, but not the only one; not far away.
Tito and the birds may leave some audience members a little confused as to what the bird research of Tito"s scientific father and the local pigeon population has to do with the outbreak and its cure, all the more so that the final conclusion is thoughtful, although a bit thin on the details; I still scratch my head on it. But the real joy in this movie is watching Tito"s story and his relationships with his friends, his family and his antagonists unfold. There are Tito"s friends: the tough and fearless Sarah, the simple but humble Buiu, and the rich young man.Teo and his lackeys, The Tricksters. There"s also Tito"s family: his caring but distant father Rufus whose research paves the way for a cure, and his mother, a fearful and disturbing woman whose anxieties prove too much for her to deal with. And then there is the antagonist of media mogul Alaor Souza, who manages to turn this fear toxin into a powerful weapon and a lucrative opportunity. The multi-level thematic elements of the story are universal: the fluid bonds of friendship, especially among young people; the sacrificial nature of friendship, family relationships, and oneself for the greater good; and the complicated minefield of adolescence. However, Tito and the Birds also feels incredibly timely and relevant, especially since fear seems to be a pervasive force, not only in a specific country, but across the entire world.ier. This fear is molded, inflamed and exploited by the powers that be in order to control the population at large for whatever ends they want; in short, it is the fear of becoming a weapon. Tito and the Birds delivers this idea very well in what is, in my opinion, the best execution of armed fear in a "children"s film " animated since 1982 Plague Dogs . And I"m happy to say it ends on a much more encouraging note with a spirit and intention that the world needs right now. If Tito and the birds find their way into a theater near you, I highly recommend you check out the visually unique, artistically beautiful and eerie yet relevant story that this film has to offer. Note: B+ "WandaVision ": Why Elizabeth Olsen calls Wanda a " Mama Bear "When " the MCU hits " Olsen also emphasizes the importance of moments of tension in the series.