Yamasong March of the Hollows: movie review

Sci-fic, drama, art house

Year of Release: 2017

Rated: PG

Director: Sam Koji Hale

Summary: An automated girl and tortoise warrior journey with a band of outlaws on an incredible quest. Their one hope is to find a legendary relic to defeat a sinister mechanized army and save the creatures of their world.

Review: What the heck is this? I was looking for a movie on Amazon Prime and this shows up in my search results. This is a small studio that specializes in puppetry and since I have soft spot for non-mainstream animation I thought 'why not check it out.

The story is interesting and engaging not without its issue of course. There an eight minute short that serves as a prequel to how the two main characters met and know each other so well. Honestly, it could have gone into the movie as a prologue, anyways it on Amazon Prime.

A lot of the criticism goes into the puppet movement, particularly the action scenes. The slow motion parts during the action scenes could have been done without. The thing with puppetry is that the puppets are not going to have a fluid movement to them. In the action scene, the movement has to be fluid as possible. I use to work as a puppeteer so I know there are limitations of what you can do with the movement. It also depends on the type of puppet.

I like the designs for the puppets in a way they remain me of Japanese puppetry. In fact, I notice there a lot of Japanese inspire elements in the story. From what I understand Whoopi Goldberg is usual in movies to boots star power. She voices the main villain and she should do the villain role more offend. Whoopi Goldberg really goes all out on this role.

There a video from YouTube where they talk about making the movie and show behind the scenes. It is worth checking out if anyone interest.

Yamasong March of the Hollows is a little film that is far...out there that many pass over in a heartbeat. If you want a unique take on the animation then be sure to check this out.


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