so i had my first “animated film” class today, which is supposed to be an analysis of various forms of animated short films. it was one of my last choices for an elective, but i took what i could get after my academic adviser fucked me over for my one option class of the semester.
we watched “La Maison en Petits Cubes”, which is an amazing japanese animation. i suggest you watch it sometime.
my teacher asked us what we thought of it, what we thought the themes were. “loneliness”, “futility”, “love”, “attachment” were all things called out. then she said that she’d be really surprised if anyone caught on to what the film was really about.
so here i am thinking that she expects us to go deep in our first class. that the film is about the inability for mankind to separate from its history, and anyone who is raised in a world of instant gratification, represented by the water in the film, is doomed to attach no meaning to the preciousness of the everyday, and the film is a celebration of returning to the roots of one’s soul in order to find inner peace before accepting death and no longer trying to escape it.
“no,” she says, “it’s about global warming.”
get me out of this class