"The Painting" is, for lack of a better term, a work of art. It is clearly a cartoon for adults and not just because of the nude painting. The story is a parable about unfairly judging others and would likely be of little interest to younger children. While some might scoff at this story for lacking "maturity," the simplicity of its plot allows us to full absorb the visual beauty without distraction. This is especially helpful if you are watching with English subtitles while trying to enjoy the artistry on this canvas... and the artistry off of the canvas as these characters venture out of the paintings and into the real world. The animators faced a tough challenge as the world inside of each painting took on a different style from Picasso to Matisse, but the end result is an enormous success. The surrealist colors of the Allduns are stunning and effectively contrasted by the simple black and white appearance of the charcoal Sketchies. The backdrops come to life and the conversations between paintings are very clever. I wouldn’t give this film Disney ratings when it comes to storytelling abilities, but “The Painting” is a feast for the eyes that should not be overlooked.
[Pictured: This film is so beautiful that it makes me want to cry.]