Anina is the story of a girl who gets into a scuffle at the playground and is given a very strange punishment: she and the girl she fought with (Yisel) are forced to carry around an envelope for a week without opening it. I won’t spoil the movie by saying whether she opened the envelope or not, but the journey of Anina carrying this envelope is what makes this movie amazing.Anina has a lot of imaginative daydreams that lead to some amazing artwork in the film. Her anxiousness about the envelope and what punishment lies within eventually causes a very detailed nightmare of her fears. This was one of my favorite parts of the movie because it felt very Alice in Wonderland to me.I thought Anina was an appropriate movie to review since I just wrote a blog post about baby names and about being worried that my kids will be bullied in school. Anina has that problem of being picked on at school for her name since “Anina” is a palindrome. Actually her full name, Anina Yatay Salas, are all palindromes. Yisel (the girl Anina fought with and got into trouble with) doesn’t even call her Anina, she calls her Palindrome. This causes Anina to question her father about why he thought it was such a good idea to name her that.Eventually, Anina learns more than she expects to from this whole envelope ordeal. She learns that sometimes things aren’t as they appear, that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and that palindromes aren’t such a bad thing after all. They might even be a great thing.I absolutely fell in love with this movie. It was so beautifully made for such a simple storyline. I didn’t realize when I started to watch it with Shade that it was only in Spanish with English subtitles. So I ended up reading the whole movie to her, haha! But it was worth it. There are some amazing values in this animated film that I think any parent would love to share with their children.
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