Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

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Critic Consensus: A tour de force for filmmaker Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues gives the Ramayana its animated due with a visually vibrant, dazzlingly imaginative triumph.


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In the Indian legend, Sita is given to Prince Rama in marriage after Rama conquers the other princely suitors for her hand. No sooner is Rama appointed crown prince than he falls victim of a plot that sends him into banishment for fourteen years. Sita accompanies her husband, but is abducted shortly afterwards. With the aid of friendly gods, Rama sets off in pursuit and, following a dangerous struggle, succeeds in freeing her. Rama and Sita return to their home where Rama is made king. But soon … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Animation, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Nina Paley
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On DVD: Jul 28, 2009
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Critic Reviews for Sita Sings the Blues

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

Charming indie animated film that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence.

December 31, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

And the ingenuity of Sita -- which evokes painting, collage, underground comic books, Mumbai musicals and "Yellow Submarine" (for starters) - is dazzling. Not busy, or overwhelming, or eye-popping. Just affecting, surprising and a lot of fun.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
New York Times
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Paley's beguiling, consistently inventive visuals and sly yet melancholy tone are about as warm and winning as heartbreak-fueled empowerment gets.

Full Review… | December 23, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

Nina Paley's animated marvel mixes a personal tale of romantic woe with a fabulous, often hilarious, recounting of the Sanskrit epic fable The Ramayana.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Captivating, mesmerizing, spellbinding -- I'll throw everything in the movie-critic book at this animated feature by Nina Paley

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
Chicago Reader
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Nina Paley's delicious Sita Sings the Blues finds solace in autobiography and an animated gold mine in the caverns of an ancient Sanskrit epic.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Sita Sings the Blues

½

An oddly cute and unorthodox film utilizing hilarious shadow puppets and really nice cross-cutting blues music with Annette Hanshaw. I got to learn a little bit about Indian religion, experienced a real-life breakup semi-familiar to me, enjoyed some soothing music, and sometimes laughed my head off.

jennifxu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

A delightful little animation, unfortunately stuck in litigious limbo for the time being on account of its unlicensed jazz soundtrack, which is a great pity because it is enormous fun and deserves to reach the widest possible audience. I cannot say I knew anything about the Ramayana before watching Sita Sings the Blues. However, not the least of its achievements, the film is remarkably educational with respect to its sources, somehow managing to be simultaneously reverent and humorously critical.

There are several component parts to the narrative, each with its own individual style of animation. Wonderfully voiced, with an almost improvisational feel, a trio of shadow puppets set the scene, introducing the characters and discussing the events of the Ramayana before we watch them unfold. In addition, writer/director Nina Paley contrasts the turbulent relationship of Rama and his wife Sita with her own autobiographical tale of marital break-up. Finally, interspersed throughout are the Twenties jazz songs of Annette Hanshaw, as lip-synched by Sita. What with kidnap, banishment, single motherhood and trial by fire among her woes, there's little wonder she's singing the blues, poor girl! Women, dump your men and get a cat! "That's all" :D

harrycaul
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

absolutely adorable! yes, it's a flash-animated version of the ramayana set to 1920's jazz music!! it's completely enchanting, gorgeous and hilarious and u can watch it here: http://www.thirteen.org/sites/reel13/blog/watch-sita-sings-the-blues-online/347/

rubystevens
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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