Reviews of When the Wind Blows (1986) and related work

When the Wind Blows (1986Moving picture, 84 minutes)

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).

moving picture animation fiction

The Wind and the Bomb (1986Moving picture)

Making-of documentary.

moving picture document non-fiction animation