Words by Benjamin Pinsent
‘Sita Sings the Blues’ is an anomaly in film animation; not only is it the final proof that anyone can make a movie with a few simple free programs but that this can be done well. ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ shouldn’t really be considered as just one film, it is divided into four parts, three of which tell the story of the Ramayana, and the forth telling a modern parallel of the events that led the creator, Nina Paley, to make this unique and engaging film.
Each of the four parts of the film have a distinct style, so that while the same part of the Ramayana is told three times, the visual freshness seems to detract from the lack of additional story. The styles jump from 18th century style paintings, Vector flash animation, “squigglevision”. To Shadow Puppets (which are arguably the best part of the film).The music is as diverse as the visual style, traditional Indian music intertwines with songs by 1920s blues songstress Annette Hanshaw.
‘Sita Sings the Blues’ is like nothing else you will see, and I haven’t mentioned the best thing, it is free to watch online. You really have no excuse not to see this charming movie.