Paddle to the Sea and The Red Balloon

Posted on March 1, 2011

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Paddle To The Sea and Red Balloon are two films about the innocence of childhood, and the life that objects can take through the eyes of children. Through the use of close-up camera angles and very little dialogue (except in the case of narration), both films star objects with lifelike characteristics, rather than starring humans.  Both the balloon and the boat are given lives by their children, and both are given a story through the use of narrative. This causes the viewer to feel emotions towards these objects, almost as if they were living things. For example, the viewer feels tension when Paddle to the Sea gets into some trouble, almost as if was human, and the red balloon moves almost as if it had a life of it’s own.

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