Guest post by Kavya
[Pic Courtesy Rediff]
I watched the new animated film Hanuman last weekend(and a few times since then!). I have seen Ramayana many times since I also own that DVD and and so I know the story very well. Hanuman is my favorite character in Ramayana and so this movie was even more fun.
My favorite part of the movie is when Hanuman is a baby. He is so cute(like my baby brother Karthik) and I always laugh when he flies to the sun thinking that it is a mango. The song here, called Akdam Bakdam..., is very fast and catchy as baby Hanuman flies around, fights with rakshasas and saves animals. Though it seemed similar to a song sequence in Tarzan, it is the most enjoyable part of the film. It is also funny when he is naughty and troubles the sages.
Since the film is only about Hanuman, I learned many new things about the monkey God that I didn't know before from watching Ramayana. I thought Hanuman met Rama and Lakshmana only in the forest but I learned that he went to Ayodhya when they were young princes and played with them. I also came to know of many things like why he lost his divine powers till he grew up. The background of some of the segments, like Vaali's episode, were a bit too much for me and so I just watched them just for the animation.
My dad said that the animation was not as smooth as in movies like The Lion King and that it was jerky. Though I love The Lion King, I didn't notice anything different when I watched this movie. It was very colorful and didn't make me bored and that is all I look for in a movie.
"2 Thumbs Up" from me for Hanuman.