One of the best films i've seen from last year and the start of 2006 is the foreign language film 'Downfall' depicting the last days of Hitlers reign. Of all the war films out of Hollywood i've seen none have been as powerful in delivering a story as this. In fact the last war movie that has accomplished anything remotely similar was another foreign language film, Das Boot! At the end of the film i couldn't speak to anyone for a while such was the effect the movie had on me. I have never previously had the luxury of seeing the actors on screen before and i'm sure this had a profound impact on how truly immersive the experience was.
It got me thinking though on whether an animated movie could pull off such a tough subject. Sure, anything remotely comedic and animation rules the roost, maybe even surpassing what can be done by actors in this genre, but can it succeed in a genre that tells the story through emotion. Can animation mirror emotions we can see so evident in the way an actor portrays through facial expressions that are so subtle they border on the sub-conscious?
Oh, and i recommend you see 'Downfall' if you haven't yet.