Saturday, March 29, 2008

Æon Flux - an improvement?

Æon Flux was a series of short animations that had a memorable style, but made hardly any sense.


Little did I know the creator, Peter Chung, had made some deliberate moves to subvert the concept of narrative. There was little to no continuity between the episodes I saw. The two central characters had a relationship, but that relationship seemed to be completely different from one episode to another, veering between lovers and enemies at the slightest whim, sometimes within a single episode.

This creative sensibility was taken to Hollywood where, lo and behold, they made something of it.

True, it doesn't retain all the stylistic elements of the original series, but I'm finding it's captured what I liked about the series - the minimalist dialogue, the tone, the acrobatics - while adding structure.

And while that structure
brought sufficient intrigue, not only did it have a sorely-needed coherency, but it provided a vehicle to make sense of the contradictory scenarios of the original animations.

At that same time it took away some of the more angular aspects - both in narrative and visual style - which to my mind weren't much more than a hindrance.

To read an altogether more scholarly take on the animation series, it's worth reading this overview and recap by an aficionado, in a blog called the Concept Den. It also contains some of the original animations for comparison. The writer may argue me wrong, but I'm happy enjoying the Hollywood version.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephen. Although I am not Blogging at the moment I do read your blog when I get the chance. It is always interesting and criminal that you don't get lots of responses.
I bet if you started leaving comments on blogs where the writer has similar or connected interests you would gets lots of traffic.
Or perhaps you don't give a fig!
Keep up the good work.
Bazza.

Stephen Simmonds said...

Hi Bazza,

Nice to hear from you after all this time.

And time is the problem: I have my work cut out for me as it is, let alone building strong engagement.

Notice how I've built up a very strong interest in evolution over the last year. It's thoroughly fascinating, and quite an intellectual challenge.

Currently centred on that most unexpected mammal fossil discovery in New Zealand. Conventional wisdom of NZ's fauna makeup just did not anticipate such a find.

Stephen Simmonds said...

Hi Bazza,

Nice to hear from you after all this time.

And time is the problem: I have my work cut out for me as it is, let alone building strong engagement. At least I've been able to record some of the striking ideas that have caught my attention.

Notice how I've built up a very strong interest in evolution over the last year. It's thoroughly fascinating, and quite an intellectual challenge.

Currently centred on that most unexpected mammal fossil discovery in New Zealand. Conventional wisdom of NZ's fauna makeup just did not anticipate such a find.