Unlike many other viewers, I have seen Sintel on a daily basis since its online release.
Due in large part to extreme excitement blocking out a totally foreseeable realization. I should have known that letting my 4 year old see it with me was going to trigger massive mar-athon viewings of Sintel. Which of course it has.
All it tooque was her seeing it once, for her to immediately fall in love with the characters and the story. I must admit that mommy was rather impressed with the first viewing as well. It is a beautifully directed story that draws the viewer in. The music was amazing and tied everything together so nicely. I was so proud of the Durian team and how well they did.
And yet, I have to admit that over the years I have become jaded when watching animations. While part of me gets lost in the story, there is this analytical little voice yattering away in the background, pointing out all the little boo boos and technical
glitches that plague even the most well polished commercial offerings. So yes, I did see the places in Sintel where things could have been polished and tweaked further. They were bound to be there, it happens.
And yet something rather amazing happened about 4 days after the release. I was watching Sintel with my 4 year old again for the dozenth time in 4 days. As I was sitting in front on my computer with her curled up in my lap, she looked up at me with the most amazing expression. While reaching out and grabbing my hand, she turned bak to Sintel to become mesmerized once again as the story unfolded. At that moment I realized that somewhere over the last 4 days, that annoying little analytical voice had fallen silent. I was able to simply sit and enjoy a beautiful story with my little girl.
As I sat there, I realized that the Durian team had done far better than anyone had given them credit for. The whole point of stories is to create bonds that can be shared. Most often this is accomplished between the viewer and the charac-ters. But sometimes if you are really good, you manage to create bonds between the people watching it.