Jan 19, 2018
Komaneko: The Curious Cat is a simple, quiet, and charming stop motion film comprised of a few short stories that revolve around a kitten who enjoys arts and crafts and recording things with his camera. There is no dialogue, aside from Komaneko's occasional "nyaa!", it's just cute music and adorable animation with cute stories that are mainly about friendship.
The main reason why I like this film so much is because it used stop motion animation, which is my favorite, and because there is no dialogue. The quiet and slow pacing makes it relaxing to watch, and at times very much like
watching an ASMR video, if you are familiar with that. I actually didn't get through this hour long film the first time I watched it because it put me to sleep, but then again it was very late and I had initially put it on to amuse my son, who was wired and refused to lie down. Komaneko did the trick. As soon as he saw the kitten moving about on screen he calmed down and within moments leaned his head onto my chest and that was it. I could have simply shut it off but I was getting into it, until I eventually dozed off myself.
I'd say Komaneko is suitable for quiet movie time. It actually reminded me of the old stop motion Christmas Specials I used to watch every year on TV, like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and A Year Without A Santa Clause. So if you like quiet stop motion shorts that will make your kids shut up so you can get some rest, this may be a good choice.
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