An adventure by Il-ho the Satellite Girl and a shy cow to save the world from a black monster.
"The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow" is a debuting animation by Jang Hyeong-yoon who is also known as the 'genius director' for his achievements in the omnibus movie "Indie Anibox: Selma's Protein Coffee" and others.
Everybody knows that having your heart broken because of a one sided love can be very painfull...and can turn you into a milking cow .
This can be troublesome for your every daily life , especially because you might get chased by a kind of giant black walking oven with a red eye that wants to cook you and a bad shaved shady guy running after your to take your liver with a plunger...
But worry not , because if you are like our fellow main protagonist Kyung-chun , you will be able to count on the help of Merlin the speaking toilet paper wizard ,
and Il-ho , a satellite that took the form of a girl after returning to earth because she heard your music and wanted to meet you .
You like crazy stories ? Then welcome abord for a funny and very inventive south korean movie !
At first sight , the main thing that come to my mind watching " The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow " was that it looked like a ghibli movie...with a lower budget . But the truth is , i realised rapidly that it didn't really matter , because this movie have its own and very unique charm and personality and should be view for it .
So , Sure , maybe the plot lacked some clear direction at time , and the pacing of the story wasn't the best...but i dare you to not genuinly smile watching an hilarious "milking" scene or a robot girl using her arm as a rocket to chase the vilain , side by side with a talking toilet paper using magic .
"The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow" , is a movie that can be enjoyed for both children and adults and have nothing to be ashamed in term of inventivity with most japanese anime production , it doesn't try by all means to convey a message or a morale to you , and it's refreshing . It will make you have a good time , and can let us wish for more south korean anime to be made in the futur .
Few anime are able to touch upon one's heart and soul like Satellite Girl and Milk Cow. In a world of mediocre and ridiculous storytelling, something so refreshing and heartwarming is nothing short of a treasured gift for animation, much less anime.
This film has everything, from a speaking roll of cursed anthropomorphic toilet tissue, to a satellite whose struggle with her death and lack of purpose in an ever-evolving technological society, to a broken hearted male whose male cow body can still somehow lactate, it a treat for all. This anime asks the bigger questions in life that no one has an answer to, such
as how a powerful wizard was defeated by a walking incinerator.
This anime's animation is also exquisite, from the bug eyed character models and the lack of animation between frames. It's beautiful, almost Ghibli-esque. The homages to the masterpiece Neon Genesis Evangelion were also a fantastic edition to an already dense film full of symbolism and metaphor. This was enhanced by the fantastical music which accompanied each and every scene, especially the one where our brave heroine confronts her own mortality. It was a beautiful eye opener into the struggles of love, and how the bonds of fate tie us together though the beauty of music and male cows who can lactate.
This film I cannot recommend to many as it is so complex. Only a few can see it. Primarily those who have no major biases of the world we live in, this typically denotes children. The other audience I would recommend this to are those who appreciate the higher things in life through drink and pill. Even then, this film may be beyond even those.
I saw this one at a local indie theater in Korean so I have not seen the dub (or even know if there is one). Overall, I wanted to enjoy this film but the art was poor at best and the story was all over the place. It seems this is what happens when a studio tries to emulate Ghibli without any of the charm or talent. There wasn't ever a 'wow' moment to really capture my imagination.
There were aspects that I found interesting but on the whole, the story felt as if it was written for the sake of being as weird as
possible. The character development felt forced and there was so much about the film that wasn't explained.
I just couldn't get over the art. Most times, it's rather fine but the backgrounds are often poorly drawn or look like a pixelated JPEG. This is most noticeable toward the end of the film. There are a handful of scenes where the audio isn't synced with the animation and characters mouths continue to move after they'd finished speaking. I get that this isn't a huge production, but any self respecting studio would have cleaned this up.