Stop Motion Show: Rilakkuma and Kaoru

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Rilakkuma and Kaoru is the last stop motion entertainment I have watched that inspired me to start the series. The show is about Kaoru living in an apartment with Rilakkuma and his friends.

Setting

The show takes place in Japan mainly at Kaoru’s apartment or his job. The show highlights the beauty of Japan especially with a scene that had beautiful cherry blossom trees. It also shows Japanese culture such as festivals and food.

Characters

Kaoru is in her 30s working at a job that under pays her and lives with Rilakkuma, Kolirakkuma, and Kiiroitori. She is kind but struggling to find what she wants to do in life.

Rilakkuma is lazy and prefers to sleep. He also loves to eat. Kolirakkuma also loves to eat and loves to play. Kiiroitori is a bird that enjoys cleaning and is the most active out of Rilakkuma’s friends.

Episode Format

I genuinely enjoy how the episodes are set up. I watched it with English subtitles. It would start off with a Japanese title that I could not read and the whole episode would focus on the theme of that title with the title reappearing with English subtitles at the end of the show.

An example would be an episode revolving around jobs. The episode showed the title in Japanese and then the episode showing Rilakkuma and his friends trying to find a job to help Kaoru. “It’s enough to do what you can in return” was the title of the show that was not revealed until the end of the episode.

Favorite Episodes

  • “Cherry Blossom” for the gorgeous cherry blossom scenes
  • “Fireworks” which highlights that it’s okay to have periods of indecisiveness.
  • “Getting a Job” which shows the animals trying to help Kaoru out
  • “Hawaii” which was a cute episode where Kaoru wants to go to Hawaii so her Rilakkuma and his friends recreate Hawaii and become famous from her filming them
  • “Moving out” where the animals must move out and it has an adorable picture book scene

A Beary Good Show

I loved this series! The show is adorable with adorable short intros like Kolirakkuma playing with a toy. The show is also perfect for adults and kids! Kids will love the cute animals where adults will appreciate Kaoru’s struggles being an adult and wanting to have a good job and find someone to be with.

The animation is beautiful! Rilakkuma, Kolirakkuma, and Kiiroitori  look like real stuffed animals. Their fur appears to be soft and built like a stuffed animal’s fake fur. Some scenes were beautifully animated like the cherry blossom scene when the leaves started to fall.

The show was also funny with scenes that made me laugh like when Kiiroitori fought against mushrooms that were growing in the apartment.
Overall, I  highly recommend this series because it can be enjoyed no matter what age you are and it puts a smile on your face whenever you watch it!

Have you watched Kolirakkuma and Kaoru? What do you think of the show/

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Stop Motion Films: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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I watched this on ABC Family before it became Freeform a few years ago and I loved the film and bought the Blu Ray for it! It is my second favorite stop motion film after Corpse Bride.

Plot

Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King, is tired of doing the same job every year. He accidentally stumbles upon Christmas Town and after that he wants to take over Christmas for a year!

Setting

The setting is a mix of horror and Christmas. Halloween Town is dark and has creepy characters like Oogie Boogie Man. Christmas Town has bright colors with adorable characters such as elves with rosy cheeks.

Favorite Character

Sally. I love how creative she is and how she refuses to be locked in a tower with Doctor Finklestein. She is in love with Jack and genuinely tries to help him stop making foolish decisions.

Music

I also love the music in this film! My favorite song is “This is Halloween” because it is a fun introduction to the film. I also love the singing and the orchestral tracks.

Favorite Parts

  •  Intro
  • Seeing Christmas Town for the first time
  • “Poor Jack”
  • “Oogie Boogie’s Song”

“I Am Jack, The Pumpkin King!”

I love this film! I love how the characters are designed and how much detail was put into the settings in the film. I love watching this film on Halloween, but I also think it is appropriate for Christmas!

What do you think of this film? Do you watch this film on Halloween or Christmas, or both days?

Stop Motion Films: Corpse Bride

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Corpse Bride was the first film that really got me interested in stop motion films! I first watched it around middle school so I would have been around 12. I have only seen a couple of films and one show that uses stop motion, but I wanted to discuss these films and show. Corpse Bride is still my favorite stop motion film!

This film started my love of stop motion because I was impressed by the aesthetic of the film and the Special Features section revealed the hard work that went into creating characters, scenes, and shots. It could take hours to do one scene.

Plot

Victor has an arranged marriage with Victoria who he ends up falling in love with. But, Victor is nervous and starts to make several mistakes during his wedding vows. He goes out into the forest to learn his vows, does them perfectly, and puts the ring on a branch which turns out to be Emily’s corpse. Emily is the corpse bride who takes him to the land of the dead and now he must escape the Land of the Dead to be with Victoria.

Setting

There are two main settings in the story: The Land of the Living and The Land of the Dead.

Land of the Living

The color schemes in this setting have a purposefully dull look to them with an emphasis on grey almost like a black and white film. This shows how the Land of the Living is dull and lifeless. The people are focused on behaving in a strict Victorian fashion and are not really living at all.

Land of the Dead

This world is colorful and vibrant with colors such as blue and green. This shows the the Land of the Dead is full of lively characters. Everyone is free to be themselves and have a fun time now that they are free from society’s rules.

Characters

The character design in this film is interesting because it changes depending on setting. The Land of the Living has characters with a simple color scheme of greys and blacks. The Land of the Dead has colorful characters who all have blue skin so it is easy to tell that they are dead or they are skeletons.

My favorite design is Emily’s wedding dress. I love the floral design, the long veil, and the delicate lace. She is also my favorite character. She is so sweet and caring. I related to her when I was a child because I felt misunderstood like her at the time.

Music

I love the music in this film! I quickly memorized all of the lyrics since I watched it so many times when I was younger.

My favorite piano piece is “Victor’s Piano Solo” because I love how beautiful it is. It reminds me a bit of “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven. My favorite song in Corpse Bride is “Remains of the Day.” It tells Emily’s story with a big jazz number. I love the singing and the jazz instruments in this song!

Favorite Parts

  • “Victor’s Piano Solo” scene
  • “Remains of the Day’ scene
  • Scene where Victor sees his dog again
  • Emily dancing in the moonlight scene
  • Wedding Prep Scene in Land of the Dead
  • Wedding Scene
  • Finale

Why it Started My Love of Stop Motion

I was enthralled by the beauty of the scenes especially the scene where Emily dances in the moonlight and the finale. The lightning and design in this scenes impressed me. I was also impressed by the time and care that goes into making a stop motion film. Overall I think Corpse Bride is a beautiful film with an emotional story that still holds well today!

What is your favorite stop motion film? What did you think of Corpse Bride?