A new very detailed critique from Finland on the updated “The Swing and the Worm in the Rain” and a mini interview with director Henry Selick on “Coraline” stop-motion animation puppets
February 1, 2014
I am honored to show my Finnish friend’s critique on the new version (with rain sound) of “The Swing and Worm in the Rain”-footage here, as she is very kind to take the time and has some interesting points:
” (…) but now to the video! Generally felt good about it. I think it was better, somehow clearer than before. I don’t remember exactly how the swing sequence was in the first version, but I felt like I got a better look at the cute thing now, and in this version there was a closer focus on one of the swings at the end (? Or that’s at least what I imagined) which made me think that now we are going to see and hear the story of a a particular child sitting on that swing, probably the narrator herself. That was a pretty nice thought. After the swing was gone hearing the man sing with only the white background was a bit frustrating for a few seconds (a nice calming voice though), because obviously I don’t understand the language, and am always eager to get something more out of it than “just” the sound. The feeling when I don’t know what the words say, and there is a screen waiting to be filled with images. The rest of it – still liked it. A thought that just crossed my mind was that all children have the same experiences of nature with all its living and dying creatures, killing them on purpose or by accident, and all the confusing or bad feelings that provokes. That idea was emphasized in the mother and daughter talking about the worms at the same time. So everything to do with the story and humanity happens generation after generation. I could have listened to even more different radio stations by the way. The sound of the rain at the end is one is my favourite part. …”
and this time I will also put my reply to it:
” (…) I only took about three or four frames away from the swing in the beginning and so the last clip, which indeed is focused (as you realized: not all are, some are intentionally blurry), this last clip is matching with the end of the first two verses of the song.