Animation Suggestion Thursday
Hello! This week I bring you the gem Havoc in Heaven, which I’ve also heard called Uproar in Heaven, or if you prefer, 大闹天宫. This is a story about the relatively well-known legend of the Monkey King (or Sun Wukong) (pre Journey to the West- that’s another movie) animated by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio. In general I want to suggest anything they do— it’s all well animated and Chinese fables are really a delight. This one in particular is a real joy because Sun Wukong is a gas. He is a true blue trickster hero, who is always into mischief but usually for the good of himself and his people. It’s very interesting to see a mischevous hero who is fighting against the popular opinion of the almighty gods, who in general aren’t tyrannical, but instead just a bit egotistical and self-righteous. Also, it has a lot of traditional Beijing Opera-esque fighting scenes with really cool music. I really can’t suggest it enough, it’s quite beautiful and if you haven’t heard the story of the Monkey King, I think you’ll really enjoy it.