Wednesday, September 01, 2004

The super-appeal of "supercartoons": As it looks forward to the release of The Incredibles and Shark Tales, the Scotsman wonders why "supercartoons" are such a draw for adults:

"It’s fantasyland for adults. It takes you back to your childhood and allows you to indulge in fantasy, fairies and magic perhaps more than a normal film can - there’s more scope in a cartoon for underwater stuff, flying, fairy castles. There’s also a sense of morality about these cartoons. People triumph, and it’s the right people who triumph. Nobody really gets hurt even when there’s a bad event. You get the feeling that these characters don’t really die or get harmed: broken toys get mended, and so on. It’s sheer escapism and it has a moral theme."