In conclusion, cartoons are awesome, and so are robots.

So, I spent a chunk of time yesterday devouring Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview issue, and some comments in there about Wall-E made me shake my head (sidenote: summer movie season starts THIS FRIDAY?? It’s already time for Iron Man?!?! Seattle weather, please get warmer now so that I can stop having this disconnect in my brain!). Anyway, seems some people are fretting over whether the lack of traditional dialogue will keep kids from getting into Wall-E the way they have with other Pixar films. This seems like the silliest worry ever to me. Since when do cartoons need dialogue to succeed? Tom and Jerry, anyone? Aren’t those really late cartoons of theirs, when they tried to make them start talking all of a sudden, way less effective than the early ones? And don’t those robots in Wall-E have some sort of beep-beep language anyway, R2D2 style? And isn’t R2D2 universally and unconditionally loved by all functioning members of society? I thought so.

And now, because I can, I present one of the greatest dialogue-free bits of animation ever, the immortal Skeleton Dance:

I actually think that this single cartoon could be responsible for the fact that I love Halloween so much. As a kid I was not that into the whole trick-or-treating thing, since I could always have candy whenever I wanted it, just as I could and did dress up in ridiculous outfits on any whim. Looking back, I see that the biggest reason I looked forward to Halloween so feverishly was because I knew that the Disney Channel would play the Skeleton Dance over and over during the month of October. Ah, those pre-internet days when we were at the mercy of network programmers!


2 Responses to “In conclusion, cartoons are awesome, and so are robots.”

  1. 1 Greta May 1, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I like the part when they sway back and forth and their bones are all bendy… I don’t know why, can’t explain it… it just is :)

    I haven’t seen that in FOREVER!!! Nice work b :)

  2. 2 Jacqui May 2, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    A) I love the Skelton Dance

    B) I thought you might dig my friend’s movie blog in which she is watching all 100 of AFI’s 100 most passionate films and writing about what lessons they bring us about life and love and how that may cause us to have a warped sense of reality. Emjoy!

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