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REMINISCENCE OF PIXAR MOVIES PART.1
彼思憶記 PART.1

為慶祝成立三十載,彼思動畫工作室的展覽《彼思動畫30年:家+友‧加油!》正於香港文化博物館舉行。彼思的動畫老少咸宜,無論是大人或小孩都為之津津樂道。究竟哪一齣彼思動畫是棋人們的「心頭好」呢?今期Chessman Post,就讓他們為大家娓娓道來。

Eric Wong -《超人特工隊》

自幼便熱愛追看美日漫畫的我,在超級英雄電影還未如現在般盛行之前,已是超級英雄的忠實粉絲,很自然被同樣以超級英雄為題材的《超人特工隊》所吸引。相對於主流的日本漫畫,美國漫畫的整個制度和世界觀都有著天淵之別,同一個英雄角色會由不同編輯畫師負責,導致同一個角色會有多個不同故事,又經常時間線大兜亂,再加上「多重世界」的概念,令故事錯綜複雜,難於閱讀,叫人無從入手。而《超人特工隊》和現時的超級英雄電影,簡化了漫畫的複雜,其實是為大眾認識超級英雄提供了一個很好的入門。整齣動畫「借鑒」了不少美國英雄漫畫,主角一家的造型和能力就參考自《神奇四俠》,部分笑料亦是出自漫畫迷之間一些經典笑話,例如看起來凜然正氣的超人斗篷,經常會令超人發生各種意外等,漫畫迷看得特別有共鳴。另外,這齣動畫亦探討了有關超級英雄的不同命題,諸如身份危機、「英雄管制法」等等,意味深遠,值得觀眾一再細嚼慢嚥。

快將踏入2018年,已收歸迪士尼旗下的彼思動畫工作室釋出了《超人特工隊2》的預告片,片中年紀最小的Jack已可把超能力揮灑自如。Brad Bird將繼續擔任導演及編劇,不知道他又會為觀眾帶來甚麼驚喜呢?

Melody Lai -《沖天救兵》

有別於其他系列的彼思動畫,《沖天救兵》既不以動物為主角,也不談超能力,反而將濃厚的人情味躍然於銀幕之上。動畫中短短四分鐘的回憶片段,把Carl和他妻子的愛情故事交代得淋漓盡致,從相識到結婚時的甜蜜時光,懷孕卻小產的失落感,到最後卧病在床仍相知相愛,每次想起都不禁潸然落淚。一個人對伴侶的愛情可以去到有多盡?Carl願意窮一生之力,用氣球飛上天空,實現妻子的兒時夢想。這份愛,令Carl這位老伯伯一直是我最喜歡的彼思角色。

Zon Lam -《頑皮跳跳燈》

雖然每齣彼思動畫都是家喻戶曉之作,但最令我印象深刻的是關於那盞枱燈的小故事。《頑皮跳跳燈》是彼思動畫工作室盤古初開的作品之一,當中的「小洛素」就是在其後電影片頭俏皮地跳來跳去的那盞枱燈。故事中有兩盞枱燈,它們沒有任何對白,也沒有流露任何神情,然而通過它們的肢體動作和互動,便能夠洞悉故事的來龍去脈。這種形式的動畫短片讓人很有新鮮感。《頑皮跳跳燈》為一盞枱燈賦予生命,這條生命更延續至今天,成為彼思最具標誌性的吉祥物。而片中的一個玩具球亦在《反斗奇兵2》出現過,故事與故事之間猶如一脈相承,可見彼思的用心。

Aramis Yeung -《沖天救兵》

從故事的鋪排來看,我感覺這部動畫是專為大人而設的。它以兩位老人的愛情故事作開首,道出人生的悲歡離合,賺盡所有觀眾的熱淚。這讓我不期然聯想到自己的一生──如果我變老了會怎樣?假若我的伴侶某天消失了,我又該如何是好?幾多對持續愛到幾多歲,要找一個能相濡以沫,廝守一生的伴侶不容易,但願我們最後都能快快樂樂。

撰文:王以珞
美術:王曉澄

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Pixar Animation Studios is now holding a special exhibition in Hong Kong Heritage Museum, namely “Pixar 30 Years of Animation: Hong Kong Celebration of Friendship and Family”. Suitable for all ages, Pixar’s animations are so evocative and impactful that attract both adults and children. Of all the animations, which one is the favorite of Chessman members? In this issue of Chessman Post, they are going to reveal their favorite Pixar movies.

Eric Wong – “The Incredibles”

I enjoy reading both American and Japanese comics since childhood. I have been a huge fan of superheroes long before the Marvel movies made a splash. With the theme of superheroes, “The Incredibles” captured my interest naturally. Compared to Japanese comics, which are generally considered as the mainstream in Hong Kong, the system and world view of American comics are diametrically different. In the world of American comics, the same superhero might be edited by various illustrators, thus producing different versions of the stories. Putting great emphasis on the concept of “multiverse”, American comics have more complicated settings and timelines that make them less reader-friendly. “The Incredibles” and the Marvel movies nowadays simplify the complexity of the original comics, and provide an opportunity for the public to know more about superheroes’ stories. The whole animation takes many American superhero comics as references—the appearances and abilities of the family are just as the characters in “Fantastic Four”. Also, it includes some inside jokes about superheroes. For instance, the cloak of superman actually causes him to stumble. This animation also discusses some of the propositions of superheroes, such as identity crisis and the “Superhuman Registration Act”. It is worth watching again and again.

Entering the year of 2018, Disney's Pixar Animation Studios have just released the trailer of “The Incredibles 2” and we can see that Jack has already managed to use his superpowers. Being the writer and director for the second time, what surprise will Brad Bird bring the audiences? Let us wait and see about that.

Melody Lai – “Up”

Different from other Pixar movies which talk about little animals and superpowers, “Up” is all about the love of human. This animation features a 4-minute montage of the love story of Carl and Ellie, a pair of childhood sweethearts. From the sweet moments of their marriage, to the heartbreaking moment when they knew they could not have baby, to the time when Ellie could only stay on the bed, every scene is so touching that I cannot even hold my tears whenever I think of it. How far would a person go for love? Carl spent a lifetime to help his wife to fulfill her dream. That is why Carl is always my favorite character in Pixar.

Zon Lam – “Luxo Jr.”

Although every animation from Pixar is a classic, the most impressive one to me is the story of the little lamp. “Luxo Jr.” was the first computer-animated short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and this is the lamp that hops over and jumps up and down at the beginning of Pixar movies. In “Luxo Jr.”, there are a large lamp and a small lamp. Neither do they have a single dialogue, nor a facial expression. But the story can be understood through all movements and interactions between the two lamps. This type of short film makes me mesmerized. Pixar gives new life and vitality to the lamp, which has later become the most iconic element in the logo of the studio. The yellow ball with a blue stripe and red star in this animation also appeared in “Toy Story 2”. We can see that Pixar has made every effort to create connections between different animations.

Aramis Yeung – “Up”

From how the storyline is arranged, I feel that this is an animation for adults. The story of the lovebirds is presented in the very beginning of the animation, and it touches every adult’s soul and causes us to dissolve into tears. It makes me think of myself—what will happen when I become an old man? What should I do when my lover is gone? Finding a partner that can stay with you forever can be hard. Hope we all live happily at the end.

Text: Elok Wong
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #170

REMINISCENCE OF PIXAR MOVIES PART.1

 

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