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TOP 500 REVIEWERon February 16, 2014
The world of The Painting is a riot of color & imagination -- but not all of its inhabitants are complete. The Alldunns are finished figures, opulent & very full of themselves & their sense of natural superiority; the Halfies, lacking some color, are second-class citizens; and the poor Sketchies, little more than rough line drawings, are fair game for the cruelty of the Alldunns. Thus far, an obvious allegory of social status, as well as a satire of religious snobbery & intolerance, as evidenced by the leader of the Alldunns, the Great Chandelier, who claims The Painter is never coming back & thus he, the Great Chandelier, should speak for Him.

But what happens when a young man of the Alldunns falls in love with a lovely Halfie girl?

Since this isn't a Hollywood film, the story takes some unexpected turns. The young Alldunn is determined to find The Painter -- but when he flees through the Forbidden Forest of the Death Flowers, it's not with his beloved, but with her best friend, as well as a Sketchie. And when they emerge from The Painting into The Painter's studio, some interesting philosophical & theological questions are raised. The love story is a real plot thread, but an increasingly minor one as the film progresses.

I won't spoil the rest of the story for anyone. Instead, let me praise this beautifully animated film for actually making inventive use of computer graphics, not to mention its welcome lack of fleeting pop culture references. The only culture referenced here is the rich history of painting. While certainly an all-ages film, there's no dumbing down for children, who are given credit for being intelligent viewers along with the adults. And the final scene is pleasingly inconclusive & open-ended, as is life itself for anyone who seeks his or her own answers to the Big Questions.

For anyone who wants something different in the way of animated films, this is a fine place to start -- highly recommended!
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on November 24, 2013
This is a treasure chest of animation delights. The filmmakers borrow from Manet, Gauguin, Modigliani, Picasso, and others to create a fascinating set of universes - one where the characters of the main painting are able to leave the canvas and visit the other worlds of pictures done by the same artist in different styles. Just about every reviewer will comment on how stunning the film looks - because it is a moving painting in a riot of colors.

In the first canvas, there are characters that have been fully painted, some partly painted, and some just sketched out. The plot is intriguing in which the Alldones believe themselves to be the superior race, reject the Halfies, and truly persecute the Sketchies (Is this France under the Vichy regime?). Of course, when one of the Alldones falls in love with a Halfie, he creates waves of discord from his group...but he insists on following true love. Of all the characters, the one I liked most was the Sketchie, perhaps because he has the most "humanity." He carries a bag with the broken body of a Sketchie who was once his friend.

The quest begins - to find the original painter and ask him a favor. The rebels want to ask him to fill in the colors for all the personalities in the main painting so that all can be equal. However, when the dissident group does locate him, the man offers his own views of art which are far less simplistic.

There are lots of ideas in this film...so it is definitely something to share with children over 7 years old. Indeed the film may ignite their imagination to create their own unique visual styles.
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on July 24, 2014
I love the concept - coming into a painting, climbing in and out of a frame, the collusion between what is seen and what is real. It just doesn't quite do it for me, however: maybe the production values are a little too pinched, or the story just needed longer in the pot. It's good when it could have been great: interesting when it could have been sublime
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on December 13, 2016
Cute story but only 4/5 stars because there is a nude painting and my kids freaked out when they saw it. Good for high school and up!
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on April 21, 2017
I loved it
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on July 22, 2015
Was in the middle of watching it with my child when all of a sudden half way through the movie a nude painting became part of the plot.
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on May 29, 2014
This is an animated film for those who find the 3D animation by Disney and Pixar these days leaves them unimpressed and uninspired as it is made for a lower common denominator. This superb European style animation deals with art (as it was once known in the art world and not in the entertainment industry) it has some gently sly humor and a spectacular handling of animation that does not scream at you what geniuses they are to be able to simulate hair. This is about painting, drawing, fine art and things related to creation and imagination. This is for lovers of art, not the children's entertainment industry.
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I was required to purchsed this movie for a college humanities course. I must say that in an age where majority of movies are purchased through streaming, it was refreshing to purchase not only a quality DVD in a quality case, but one with quality content. I watched this with my two year old son - he enjoyed the animation, and I enjoyed the various messages within the film. The charactors are all seemingly abandoned by their creator, "The Painter", each members of one of three class systems depending on how far The Painter came to completing them. This resulted in a class system and the inherent topics surrounding it. Depicting various artistic styles and the ideas that arose as humanity questioned their existence during these particular eras, this film is part art history, part entertainment, and entirely purposeful. Self determination, inequality, and the search for meaning, or rather, what truely determines meaning, are some the topics that exist in this film, and within society since societies began. This film is one which can easily be watched and pondered more than once, is great for adults and children, and when purchased as a DVD, provides the quality oft missing in the age of streaming.
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on June 18, 2014
My husband and I loved this film!

It's absolutely beautiful in terms of the animation and drawings. The art references are so much fun, and while this could have been very pretentious, it's just lovely to watch. Don't worry, there is still plenty of suspense and conflict too.

A perfect foreign film, and and perfect animation. Good for all ages!
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on April 23, 2014
The people inside the painting have decided to finish what they consider an unfinished work of the artist .
They talk, they go outside the frame to have other perspectives , ..meet with other people from other paintings and even the painter himself ...but does he belong to another world or the same world ?
Very interesting and philosophical tale ( what does "finished" means), about the structure of society, complexity of personalities and , what is the Art of Painting and the Liberty of the painter too.
Better for 10 years old and more ...
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