Fable ///

Pixar's The Incredibles | GregoryWest

Maybe fable is not the ideal term, but call it allegory, magical realism, or simply fairy tales, I love a well-told story that helps you see the world through someone else’s experience without being too on-the-nose. For example, the first time I saw the Animal Farm animated film as a kid, I had no idea what a dictatorship was, but it beautifully illustrated the social forces at the heart of one.

I love the way Pixar’s The Incredibles captures a suburban couple struggling to reconcile memories of their former, much greater, selves. Or Salman Rushdie’s masterful depiction of the immigrant experience, as a character in The Satanic Verses gradually becomes a beast-like creature in the eyes of his adoptive country.

Adventure Time is a brilliant animated series with its own share of surreal goofiness, but its storyline involving the Marceline and Ice King characters is a heartbreaking look at a loved one grappling with mental illness or substance abuse. And finally, fantastical action scenes aside, isn’t Kill Bill essentially the story of a long breakup and painful custody battle? After all, the movie ends with Beatrix killing her ex with the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, and leaving to start a new life with their daughter.

I’ll leave the deeper (and much better informed) analysis to the lit crit and film studies majors out there, but I thought I’d briefly share a few of my favourites with you.