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When The Wind Blows (1986)
Genre: Animated Apocalyptic Drama (UK)
Directed By: Jimmy T. Murakami (Heavy Metal)
Overview: A man prepares his home against impending nuclear attack with the help of government brochures. All the while, his wife concerns herself with more domestic endeavours as they wait for the bomb to drop.
Two people, one house in the country. It's not a small feat keeping audiences entertained with so little, but the quirky way this tale unfolds is strange enough to carry us to the end, in all it's quaint British accented glory.
Beside having an animation style typical for the 80s, there's a nice touch in occasional rotoscoped moments. Simple detail shots like the dusty doorframe and the dirty living room after the bomb has dropped give an edge of reality that drives the point home just a little bit better.
Announcer: We are now interrupting this broadcast for an official government announcement. An enemy missile attack has been launched against this country. It is estimated that the missiles will arrive in approximately three minutes. Three minutes.
Jim: God almighty, Ducks! There's only three minutes to go!
Hilda: Oh dear! I'll just get the wash in.
Jim: Come back you stupid bitch, and get in the shelter!
Hilda: There's no need to forget your manners just because there's a war on.
Consistently, this is the dynamic between husband and wife. He's all about the preparedness, and she's all about the everyday. The curtains getting paint on them, the wallpaper getting nicked by the doors used to make the shelter, these measures don't matter to the woman who just wants to keep her house in order. She lets him do his thing, but seems to have all the obvious important questions, like "how are we supposed to close the doors when you've taken them all of their hinges?"
If you're into nuke movies as seen by the average country layman, this is certainly for you. The question of survival is approached simply while still having a deep cynical undercurrent, since the instructions Jim is using is a series of government issued pamphlets, and much like the old Duck and Cover cartoons, we suspect that everything being done might just be busy work.
The characters and their quirky conversations is what makes the film. Mind you, the movie is exclusively these two people and how they deal with a major apocalyptic event. What I found most endearing about When The Wind Blows is the constant positive outlook Jim has throughout their ordeal. The fact that these two truly don't understand the consequences of thermonuclear war, is, well, quaint. A live action film with people who were more serious, with a greater understanding of their predicament, well that would just make for a serious docu-drama... and that's been done.
Overall Rating: 84% (It Blows For Thee)
I don't know what it is about nukes that make girls queasy. I suppose no woman (correct me if I'm wrong, what an interesting revelation THAT would be) has ever ordered the launch of nuclear weapons on planet Earth, but from what I've seen personally, I think it just plain freaks them out.
Threads made one of my friends flee the house, and When The Wind Blows made Girlfriend of Squish go read a book.
It's not happy. That's why it's so cool.
Combine that with the weird child-like animation storytelling style? Well that's just awesome surreal.
A nice little find indeed.