A new video essay by Fandor, titled “The Childhood Whimsy of Wes Anderson,” explores how the filmmaker presents children in his films as very mature, serious and smart. “Wes Anderson is that movie man-child who manages to be young and old at the same time,” says the narrator. “He specializes in child characters who don’t live carefree lives.”
One of the examples featured is the scene from “Bottle Rocket” in which Grace asks her friend Bernice to excuse her while she talks to her older brother, Anthony. Anderson introduces the young characters with the camera at eye level with them, not with the adult. The video also features the “Moonrise Kingdom” where Suzy shows Sam the “Coping with the Very Troubled Child” pamphlet she had discovered her parents are using to deal with her.
When Sam laughs, a very serious and mature Suzy questions his reaction. To illustrate how Anderson’s child characters are smarter than his adult characters, the video turns its attention Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) telling Sam, “You’re probably a much more intelligent person than I am… in fact, I guarantee it.”
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Anderson’s stop-motion animated film “Isle Of Dogs” will be released April 20, 2018. Check out the video essay below.