The beauty of animation is the ability to portray a reality that doesn’t exist. How can that even be said?
Like all fantasy the base line for the writer is what we know and what we have experienced either explored to its ridiculous conclusion or stretched to maintain what we recognise and to allow us to enjoy what can never be. Writers and storytellers always do this.
This is one of the drivers to make computer animation of human beings more and more real. Eventually your most loved film stars will come back to life and to the annoyance of many of us, the new ones will never die.
This stretching of reality is also the basis of a lot of humour which we see in many Greek plays of two and half thousand years ago. In fact their themes are still ours – the lost cause, the unexpected hero, the klutz who gets the girl. They are all there down the ages in every culture.
But what animation also does, which is what the very best fantasy does, it helps us see who we actually are as we enjoy the story. We engage with the better charters while enjoying the beguiling nature of the bad ones.
And, of course, as every fantasy writer knows, you cannot beat real life stories. That is why the best fantasy has a core philosophy that relates directly to us. So in Tolkien the idea that every road leads into every other road is a wonderful explanation of life’s interconnections. The Mahābhārata will teach you all about famlies and Monkey is the first story to detail evolution of the feeling.
I am not sure about Ruzniel. I think it is about the love of a poet.