Friday, 3 February 2017

World Animation - 'Sita Sings The Blues' (2008)

Fig.1 'Sita Sings the Blues' Poster

'Sita Sings the Blues' (2008) is a film that was lovingly made by its creator, Nina Paley. Known by many within the animation world the film follows the story of Ramayana, an ancient indian poem about Prince Rama's struggle to rescue his wife Sita from demon king, Ravana. 

Fig.2 Film Still
It's obvious that the film was meticulously crafter by Paley, each scene is animated differently. At times it's very loose, hand drawn animation, the next, it is clean looking vector art characters animated on after effects. At times the characters look like they are puppets with the way they move. 
The way in which the styles change throughout the film bring a new lease of life as it is constantly changing,  as a viewer you are constantly seeing something new when you go back to each scene.
As well as the ever changing visuals, there are also musical numbers which also enhance the experience. Sadly it was this addition that lead to copyright problems for Paley. Although she made sure the 1920's recordings she used were not under copyright, issues surrounding this began to surface which lead to the film having to be released free to the world.

Fig.3 Film Still
Despite all the problems that Nina Paley encountered with the film, 'Sita Sings the Blues' is a clear example of a one woman production company, it is crafted beautiful and is wonderfully funny at times. It would be a great film to show during religious study classes. It's fun, exciting and a great lesson in animation.


Figure 1. 'Sita Sings the Blues' (2008) [Poster] At: Accessed on: 03/02/2017

Figure 2. [Film Still] At: Accessed on: 03/02/2017

Figure 3. [Film Still] At: Accessed on: 03/02/2017

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