When the Wind Blows (1986)

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  • ¬†(3.5 out of 5 stars)

The animated film When the Wind Blows (1986) follows around an elderly couple in their English countryside home as they try to sensibly deal with the build-up and aftermath of nuclear war. Actors John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft provide the British voices of these two elders who are determined to carry on in the face of nuclear winter. It's not as depressing or horrifying as it should be, thanks mostly to the calm demeanor of these two, who are trying live by government recommendations in the face of the total collapse of civilization. The couple's interactions are sweet and lightly comedic but not very funny considering their circumstances. They slowly wither away from radiation sickness. It might've been better as a short film, but it's still effective. The animation is well done as a combination of hand-drawn and miniature stop motion. And the theme song "When the Wind Blows" from the opening is by David Bowie.

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