Tuesdays, ANIMATED INSIGHTS BY SHANNON MUIR takes you inside Shannon’s latest reflections on writing, animation, and life in general.  To catch up on all posts, check out the Animated Insights portion of the website! 


For some reason, I’ve had “Somewhere Out There” (the memorable tune from the animated AN AMERICAN TAIL) going through my head. It got me thinking about how the theme of a lot of animated films – not all of course, but many – frequently embodies a quest for hope. At times, such as the example film, a soundtrack bolsters the theme and stays memorable sometimes even outside of the animation itself.

Trying to find the best in everything as much as I can, I prefer the upbeat themes. However, I must acknowledge that even those animated films and series that embody more serious moods are also effective in their use of colors, styles, and music.

Until next week,