Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Volere Volare

Italian animated/live-action movie (1991). Metro/Bambu/Pentafilm/Omni. Pr Ernesto di Sarro. Exec pr Silvio Berlusconi, Mario & Vittorio Cecchi Gori. Dir Guido Manuli, Maurizio Nichetti. Spfx Movie Engineering Natali. Screenplay Manuli, Nichetti. Starring Angela Finocchiaro (Martina), Nichetti (Maurizio), Patrizio Roversi (Patrizio), Mariella Valentini (Loredana). 96 mins. Colour.

Martina is not quite a call girl: she caters for her clients' erotic fantasies (e.g., allowing her nude form to be covered in chocolate by a kinky chef), but apparently without intercourse. Shy, incompetent Maurizio is, with half-brother Patrizio, in the business of putting sound effects onto foreign movies: he does old Animated Movies while Patrizio does blue movies. Martina, badly guided by semi-prostitute friend Loredana, seeks the ideal man, but bumps into Maurizio, who inadvertently accompanies her to fulfil a couple of her "commissions". Her clients like him, and her business falls off when she is unable to bring him again. She suggests a partnership, but as they negotiate he discovers his hands have become those of a Toon, and are now independent of his body and will. When, some while later, he and Martina return to her apartment, his hands strip him; but then the rest of his body becomes a toon's, and he flees. Returning, his body bandaged (as per the Invisible Man), he confesses all. She realizes she has found her ideal man – the one who doesn't really exist. And so to bed.

In terms of both animation and fantastication, VV is a less ambitious movie than Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Cool World (1992), the two other principal animated/live-action movies of the period. Yet it has its individual interest in that, rather than focus on the gulf between toondom and humanness, it displays by example how negligibly narrow that gulf is; for example, even before Maurizio's transformation it is clear he is already more of a toon figure than most toons are – Martina later, on first seeing the toon Maurizio, remarks as she eyes his trembling nakedness, "Well, you haven't changed all that much." Except, paradoxically, that he is in many ways less vulnerable – and evidently more sexually attractive – as a toon. [JG]

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