VIFF Review: ‘White Snake’ is an epic, adult, animated adventure

White Snake / VIFF 2019

Animation is a medium. It’s a weird thing to have actually to write down, but to many when you say you’re about to watch an animated film, they make a number of assumptions, but they all basically boil down to the thought that animation is a genre with its own tropes and conventions, but that’s not really the case, is it? Animation is a medium through which we often tell children’s stories, but it’s actually perhaps the most expressive film medium and perfectly capable of telling adult stories.

White Snake exemplifies this fact, an animated epic from China with a soft, whimsical animation style and a dark, violent, and occasionally erotic story to tell.

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