Another tale of talking animals: Crossing the Snow (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2004), from Japan. This story is interesting in the way it sets up our expectations for one kind of story and then ends up giving us a very different kind. I can sympathise both with those who find the twist a welcome message of trust and tolerance, and those who find it frustrating and insipid. What produces a better ethical and political message is not always the same thing as what produces a better aesthetic frisson.
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