Reviews of Daniel Khim's provocative analysis on the dimensions of past, current, and future animation...
So apparently I'm the only one on planet earth who thinks Pixar movies are just a little bit overrated. Well then it's a good thing we screened an anime film about hobos, gays, and runaways! Daniel Khim tackled the difficult subject of 2D vs. 3D animation and was somehow able to make sense of the meaningless conflict. And after some absences, Ji returned for some two-dimensional food. Although it was delicious, I have to admit that it was a little flat for my taste. Har har har. No seriously, it reminded us all why Ji is #1. Now I look forward to more animated films in the future of Laaf.
- Jonathon Yip, renowned Pixar critic
LaaF creates intellectual capital as evidenced by Daniel Khim's latest installation. Artfully weaving through a huge amount of cultural and historical context around the 2D/3D divide, Daniel demonstrates how much cumulative knowledge has been stirred up through LaaF's commitment to forcing people to learn about powerpoint and uncanny valley and the objectification Jez. Like it or not, the copycat is now part of our communal pot of knowledge!
- Ji Son, uncanny valley girl
Although I had my heart set on the 9/11-Finding Nemo lecture, Daniel Khim's 2D v. 3D did not disappoint. Tokyo Godfathers was also an excellent example of how Japanese 2D is not kids' stuff. The film was also a heartwarming testament to the resiliency of babies, even when in the hands of crazy people. As much as I enjoyed it, I highly recommend that if you ever find an abandoned baby to bring him/her to the police department IMMEDIATELY. Also, my favorite part of the meal was the flattened rice. Mmm katsu.
- Julie J. Park, pro-baby (especially Sam-well), pro-Nemo
And so the inaugural year of LAAF drew to a close. The long awaited arrival of Daniel Khim--not quite the messiah but a veritable threedeemer nonetheless--brought with it a gigaton of information about animation: its history, culture, production, artistry, influence, evolution--you name it, folks, it was covered. Along the way came wholesale appropriation of David Kitani's lecture, in a fashion along the lines of the most absurd neo-pop works of the 20th century; visual puns of the lowest order (e.g. No Limit, copycat); an elucidating reexamination of the Uncanny Valley, via the progressive objectification of one Jezreel Leung in the virtual sphere as admirers gazed upon his avatars from the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii; and a scandalous intercourse between the second and third dimensions. A sanguine outlook for the future of animation indeed. Now put out an APB 'cause it's time to find Nemo (and find ourselves).
- Jezreel Leung, king of the Uncanny Valley
From 2D Beaker, to 3D speaker!... I choose the 3D speaker! Yay for cartoons and for the awesome LaaF review session! I must say, this was also one of the best and funniest advice column ever! I learned so much about the feud between these two worlds. Go Pixar!
- Jinna Hwang, Pixar devotee
Daniel's lecture on 2D animation spanning its history and success caught our attention, shone light on the advancement of technology, and countered the modern view that 2D is a thing of the past. It was great to see him reference other lecturers in his presentation. Bravo!
- June Jeung, a LaaF lecture specialist
Daniel's presentation on animatin was like an illuminated manuscript ... but on powerpoint ... and not done by a monk.
-Matthew Cheung, a cool and witty non-monk