Between the Towers (2005)
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*** (out of 4)
The title here is the same title to the children's book, which discusses Philippe Petit's historic and now legendary walk between the two Twin Towers.
This animated film lasts under ten minutes and it basically has someone reading the book to you while we get animated shots from the book. I must admit that this isn't the greatest thing ever made but I do think it would be the perfect way to introduce a kid to the events of that day. Both MAN ON WIRE and THE WALK wouldn't entertain young kids so this animated short would be perfect for them. The animation itself is rather raw but I liked that about it. It seems there are a couple versions of this out there with different narrators. Jake Gyllenhaal narrated one version but the one I've got has someone else.
When I first heard about this story/cartoon, I wasn't so sure about it at first. But then I watched it on youtube, and wow... It was absolutely fantastic. The plot involves a real historical event with Philippe Petit and is plan to stretch a tightrope between the Twin Towers, and walk across them. He stuns people in the city below in a positive matter. But the stupid police tried to get him off, but Philippe stayed on for a full hour, until he felt completely satisfied. He was taken to court, and thankfully his only sentence was a free performance in the park, which tried to end things on a positive note. The narrator gives an excellent job of telling the story, and it gave me that sort of suspense I never thought I'd have from a children's book. It was a stunning performance, and I think it really gave the Twin Towers a good beginning to their existence. However, the only thing I'd wished was that the actual Twin Towers would've been drawn a bit better. Regardless, the story was fantastic, most of the illustrations looked nice, the narration was excellent, and it gave me some extra information on the actual event I never knew. Overall, I give it a 9 out of 10.