If I were very rich I would start an animation company to revive the aesthetics of early 80’s “high concept”, European, Heavy Metal influenced sci-fi. This is my true, favorite period of animation. No other era captured the pensiveness, and gravity that I desire. These writers/animators/musicians were really trying to blow minds. I love especially these later René Laloux films.
Ralph Bakshi made some fine contributions to the vibe with Wizards, Fire and Ice and the Lord of the Rings. I believe he got shit for overuse of rotoscope techniques but I think time has shown the magnitude of his balls.
The crowning achievement of the era, alas would never see the light of day. I’m speaking of the unfinished Incal movie by Jodorowsky and Moebius. Also the Arzach movie which would have ripped too. Fuck!
These guys were riding a slow motion, Krautrock wave. It was the dreamy leftovers of hippy idealism and future optimism as we entered the era of personal computers and almost affordable synths. Why did funding dry up for these visionaries? Why are there so few movies that give me this feeling?
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