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Chicago – Like the brilliant work of Sylvain Chomet (“The Illusionist”), Francois Laguione’s “The Painting” is designed more for adults than children, unless your kid is a particular aficionado of art history.
Opening tomorrow at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago, “The Painting” is a deeply allegorical work about coming to terms with a creator who may have left us behind but it’s also just a delightful, romantic adventure with a visual palette far more engaging than most animated blockbusters this year.
The painter has left behind his work and the creations within that work vary in terms of completion. Within an elaborate tableau, the most noble people are the Allduns (all done), the figures that have been fully painted, complete with elaborate facial features and detailed costumes. The Halfies are mostly complete and might only be missing a brushstroke here or there but they’re still shunned by the Allduns. »
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We spend so much time complaining about the current state of mainstream grown-up cinema—all comic books, sequels, and comic book sequels—we sometimes forget how formulaic animation has also become, relying too heavily on rapidly outdated pop-culture gags and hoary "be true to yourself" storylines. For every Wreck-It Ralph or ParaNorman, there are a dozen variations of Madagascar 3: More Goofy Dance Numbers, and even Pixar, reliably eye-catching even when churning out product that feels like product (Cars, Cars 2), has resorted increasingly to cliché. All of which makes Jean-François Laguionie's The Painting (Le tableau) that much more of a joy. In the eponymous painting where our action begins, the "Alldu »
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