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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

entry arrow11:13 AM | On the Grave of the Fireflies

Thank you, Angeline Dy, for making me a copy of.... Grave of the Fireflies!

Has anyone seen this beautiful movie and not cry? If there is one must-movie in the world, this is it.

The film critic Roger Ebert writes about it as one of the greatest movies of all time:

Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. Since the earliest days, most animated films have been "cartoons" for children and families. Recent animated features such as The Lion King, Princess Mononoke, and The Iron Giant have touched on more serious themes, and the Toy Story movies and classics like Bambi have had moments that moved some audience members to tears. But these films exist within safe confines; they inspire tears, but not grief. Grave of the Fireflies is a powerful dramatic film that happens to be animated, and I know what the critic Ernest Rister means when he compares it to Schindler's List and says, "It is the most profoundly human animated film I've ever seen."

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