Reviews of When the Wind Blows (1986) and related work
- Documentary: The Wind and the Bomb (1986)
When the Wind Blows (1986)
Jimmy T. Murakami (director).
An elderly, contemporary British couple is doomed by a massive nuclear exchange. They’re not stupid, but their frame of reference is WW2, so they assume it’s a good thing to survive. Their son refuses to build a shelter ahead of time, instead singing a line or two of Tom Lehrer’s “We Will All Go Together When We Go” to his fretting father over the phone.
Endearing, warmly animated horror, based on a comic book by a children’s author. Soundtrack by David Bowie and Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd), but rather obviously so. Director Murakami spent part of his own childhood in a US WW2 concentration camp. The isolation of the couple throughout, and the inconsistent style of animation, are unfortunate.
References here: “The Big Snit” (1985).
‣ The Wind and the Bomb (1986)