For the last couple of evenings my Netflix fix has been Princess Mononoke.
I didn't know anything about the film except that it was Japanese animation. I anticipated that it would be something like Spirited Away
. It was not. A boy tries to protect his village from a boar who has become a demon. He is injured and left with marks on his arm. He is told that he will die but that if he goes to the forest and finds the forest spirit he might be saved. There is some beautiful background painting but the animation was a little stilted (probably not the correct word), not nearly as smooth. Still, I enjoyed the film and the story. Although the princess who governs Irontown seemed like an evil woman and I don't think the boy should have come to her rescue. But then I don't know the Japanese mind. I didn't enjoy the film enough to buy a copy like I did Spirited Away
. This Netflix thing is working pretty well. We'll see what happens between now and Tuesday. Monday is Martin Luther King Day; no mail. Two DVDs have been returned; now we'll see if new ones show up in the mailbox tomorrow or Saturday.