Ari Folman Reveals His ANNE FRANK Animation Project

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Ari Folman Reveals His ANNE FRANK Animation Project
Earlier today, the Thompson On Hollywood site showed concept art and behind-the-scenes pictures from Ari Folman's as yet untitled animated "Anne Frank" project. And it definitely warrants a close look indeed.

To say we're big fans of Ari Folman here at ScreenAnarchy sure is no lie. He was even on my shortlist of people to give a hundred million dollars to, just to see what he'd do with it. And for good reason, as the Israeli director already has two brilliant and unique films to his name: the animated documentary Waltz With Bashir, and the live-action/animation hybrid The Congress.

This new project promises to become pretty special as well: Ari Folman plans to mix 2D animation with stop-motion puppetry, and he has added some crew-members from The Fantastic Mr. Fox to his regular team of animators to achieve this.

Any adaptation of the story of Anne Frank needs to be careful not to glamorize or sentimentalize its subject matter, and an animated film about her sure seems a difficult and awkward affair. But with Ari Folman at the helm, I'm cautiously optimistic about the outcome, and very much intrigued. Rest assured we'll be keeping tabs on this!
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MikeMarch 31, 2015 11:25 AM

I'll definitely be interested to see how it turns out. I really liked Waltz With Bashir, but I personally thought The Congress was a mess.

It Came Out of My Mouth....March 31, 2015 12:26 PM

Zionists profiteering off Anne Frank some more.

YojimboMarch 31, 2015 1:57 PM

Wow! that's your take away from this article.
Is the Stormfront website down again?
You do know there are reds under your bed don't you?

Pa Kent Says MaybeMarch 31, 2015 6:43 PM

I dunno. This just seems wrong somehow. There's a limit to how much fantasy-allegory I can accept based on true historical horror. "Nazis as worms" work in a Pink Floyd performance, because the whole thing is several steps removed from anything that really happened. Totally made-up dream sequences attributed to a true person? Iffy.

Ard VijnMarch 31, 2015 8:07 PM

That is my biggest concern as well. Unless there is a page in her diary where she describes dreams like these, this could get ugly fast. Still, I have some faith in Ari Folman having enough taste to know where (or when) to tread lightly.

sunbro72April 1, 2015 10:26 AM

Please no, if you want the author's version read the book, I rather watch the story through the director's eyes. Even if i disagree with his vision, at least it gives me a different perspective from my own.

Pa Kent Says MaybeApril 1, 2015 6:50 PM

A perspective, arguably, neither of you, nor any of us, has a real right to play with. Do I have to remind anyone that Anne Frank is not a fictional character, available to be re-envisioned for some kind of supposed Millennial relevance?