This weekend, I drove up to Whidbey Island for a reunion of alumni of the Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing program.

While I was there, I found myself talking with friends about the most memorable movies we’d seen so far this year. In particular, we talked about a new article at Good Letters, written by our fellow SPU MFA graduate Nick Olson, that focused on Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 and Darren Aronofsky’s mother!

One of them told me about an exhibit happening in Portland, Oregon, right now focused on the stop-motion animated films produced by Laika. We reminisced fondly about Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. That’s when I started talking about another recent film of hand-crafted animation, one that I only saw a few days ago and have been thinking about ever since.

On the drive home, I decided to tell you about it as well. Join me for a few moments on my sunny drive from the island to the ferryboat, and I’ll tell you why I’m excited about this film.

Simon and Zucchini — an unlikely friendship in My Life as a Zucchini, directed by Claude Barras. Gkids.

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