I watched Brave
on Saturday. It's not Pixar's best, but I quite enjoyed it. My opinion of it was much improved after reading the article Meta Four linked and reflected on it.
I found La Luna
to be slightly disconcerting. Almost immediately I recognised elements of Italo Calvino's story The Distance of the Moon
, so I was expecting a far more melancholy story. Certainly not something so adorable*
. A bit of poking around afterwards showed that Calvino's story was one of the chief inspirations for the short - which one can see clearly by looking at a few excerpts from the story.
How well I know! — old Qfwfq cried,– the rest of you can’t remember, but I can. We had her on top of us all the time, that enormous Moon: when she was full — nights as bright as day, but with a butter-colored light — it looked as if she were going to crush us; when she was new, she rolled around the sky like a black umbrella blown by the wind; and when she was waxing, she came forward with her horns so low she seemed about to stick into the peak of a promontory and get caught there.
There were nights when the Moon was full and very, very low, and the tide was so high that the Moon missed a ducking in the sea by a hair’s-breadth; well, let’s say a few yards anyway. Climb up on the Moon? Of course we did. All you had to do was row out to it in a boat and, when you were underneath, prop a ladder against her and scramble up.