May 1st, 2007

Ann Vole

Ghost characters and Forrest Gump

I was looking at the character profiles on the Ratatouille web page (link posted yesterday) and one of the main characters is a ghost. The story also revolves around this ghost character's desires. I think that sort of thing is a factor in why I liked the films Bambi and Secret of NIMH (Bambi's mother and Mrs Brisby's husband were main characters who were dead before the film started or killed early in the film). For me, I think it has more to do with the deceased character being the driving force of things in spite of not being physically present. There is a similar effect that I like with main characters who are very influential on the story (and world events) yet they personally are clueless as to what they are doing to improve the world. The spy spoof show "Get Smart" and the cartoon spin off "Inspector Gadget" had the main character doing everything wrong yet in the end, due to strange luck, he resolves the plot in a positive way (but completely by accident). Forrest Gump is one of my favorite live action films and I am sure it is because Forrest has no clue how many world events he positively influenced... He stopped wars and saved or improved the lives of thousands of people yet he had no clue and was definitely lacking brains. Unlikely characters who changed the world could also include Christ who simply was killed in the correct circumstances to end up changing Heaven and Earth as prophesied. Now there is a bit more then that but that aspect is one thing I love. Ghandi's non-violent defiance of unjust laws is another example of small actions making big changes.

Ratatouille is looking to be one of my favorite films (animal character who remains the animal represented...Remy is definitely a normal rat physically plus the use of a ghost character plus the bungling human who is instrumental in the story). I hope it delivers