ANIMATED INSIGHTS BY SHANNON MUIR takes you inside Shannon’s latest reflections on her passion for animation as a medium, and other animated insights about life. To catch up on all posts, check out the Animated Insights portion of the website! This week, Shannon gives her thoughts on the animated movie THE WILLOUGHBYS from Netflix. THE WILLOUGHBYS I first saw via digital pre-release screener from Netflix as an ASIFA member. At first, I was struck by the level of dark humor in it. However, as the movie progresses, you begin to realize it also serves as a bit of an ode to the storytelling of Roald Dahl. Also, it is based on a pre-existing childrens’ book, which I found out after the fact.

My impressions of it went up after that. Also, as the story progressed, characters began to become more rounded and the story resolved in a very rewarding way, despite the often dark humor. I encourage you to check it out and decide for yourself. See the trailer below.