LATELY — 29 December 2004

Analog vs. Digital

Ex­cla­ma­tion of a ten-year-old girl, as she ap­proached Yosemite Falls, as re­ported by my parents: “This is awesome! It looks digital!”

I’m in Mel­bourne at the moment where I’m, oh, seeing family and friends, drink­ing Caramel Big M’s and Slurpees, and eating Bar­beque Shapes. Back in London on the 4th.

I saw the In­cred­i­bles last night with my brother. (One in­cred­i­ble thing that happened: because I read the sched­ule wrong, we had to rapidly switch from one cinema complex to another; we were ex­pect­ing to miss some 10 minutes, but we arrived precisely as the Disney logo ap­peared on the screen!) I’ve always been dis­ap­pointed with an­i­mated films and the In­cred­i­bles was, despite high hopes, no exception. There were funny moments, but the whole thing didn’t add up to any­thing very meaningful. Perhaps it’s because I find it hard to em­pathise with an­i­mated characters. (Not only are the char­ac­ters not real, but they’re not even real people pretending to be real!) I have a similar problem when seeing old movies: someone might look pretty good on screen, but if it was filmed 20 or 30 years ago and they’re now old, or dead, I find it im­pos­si­ble to be at­tracted to them, which leads to a slightly in­com­plete movie experience.