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July Fantasy Thread - SPOILERS - The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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1Morphidae
Edited: Jul 1, 2012, 12:38pm Top

My this is a big honker.

But I'm breezing through it since it's mostly pictures. I'm enjoying them because they are line drawings and I'm currently teaching myself to draw and they are inspirational.

2clamairy
Jul 1, 2012, 12:13pm Top

Loved this one. Gave it to my daughter for Christmas back when it first came out and, like you, we both whipped right through it.

I'd like to see the movie version, since it won all sorts of awards. Have any of you seen it?

3Morphidae
Jul 1, 2012, 12:38pm Top

Yes, I saw it. It was good but I didn't think it was all that and awesomesauce. YMMV.

4katylit
Jul 1, 2012, 4:36pm Top

I love this book too. It's funny how enormous it looks and then you can finish it up so satisfyingly quick. I've seen the movie too and thought it very well done, but not as good as the book. I have a copy of Trip to the Moon by Melies and it's so delightfully whimsical. I thought it was very clever how Brian Selznick incorporated the wizard of early film making into this story of a lonely boy.

5streamsong
Jul 6, 2012, 11:46am Top

Finished and loved it. The drawings are wonderful. This would be so much fun to read out loud with a child.

I'm not sure why it would be classified as fantasy. Can someone help me out?

6The_Hibernator
Edited: Jul 6, 2012, 11:53am Top

I'm not sure why it would be classified as fantasy.

I suppose I hadn't thought about whether it was fantasy or not! It has magical elements, even if the magic is the "smoke and mirrors" type...the movies described in the story also have a fantastic air to them.

7catzteach
Jul 6, 2012, 9:41pm Top

I love Hugo! The pictures are amazing! I have read it aloud to my students a few times now. They really enjoy it. I use a doc camera to share the pictures.

8JPB
Jul 7, 2012, 3:31am Top

With a couple of exceptions, Hugo makes one of the better uses of 3D of any film I've seen.

Marten Scorsese did this one right. It wasn't omg omg omg, but it was good.

9maggie1944
Jul 7, 2012, 5:59pm Top

I love this book. I loved the drawings and am in awe of the details accomplished with just pencils. I almost always like books which depict children as capable of taking care of themselves.

10Ennas
Jul 8, 2012, 8:48am Top

1 Morph, what's a "big honker"?

I read this book a few years ago and I remember that I liked the way the story continued in the pictures. Apart from that, I thought it was a little -what's the word??- over-hyped? (Is thát what a big honker is?)

I haven't seen the movie (yet).

11Morphidae
Jul 8, 2012, 4:07pm Top

>10 Ennas: A big honker is a book with a large number of pages.

12maggie1944
Jul 8, 2012, 5:22pm Top

A synonym for "big honker" is "doorstopper" (could use it to hold a door open).

13Ennas
Jul 9, 2012, 12:51pm Top

Ah! A big honker is 'een dikkerd'! Thanks. :-)

14Choreocrat
Jul 17, 2012, 11:57pm Top

I wasn't a big fan of the Sasha Baron Cohen addition to the film. I know that they did it to fill out the storyline that couldn't transfer from the page, but compared to the rest of it, it just sat tackily.

15Morphidae
Jul 18, 2012, 6:10am Top

Yeah, that was a weird addition.

16catzteach
Jul 18, 2012, 10:37pm Top

Agreed.

17Meredy
Jul 22, 2012, 11:01pm Top

It bothered me too. He was a quasi-bad guy, but unfairly mocked for his disability, and then later made sympathetic. The result was a sort of emotional trickery that didn't play fair with the audience.

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