I got the chance to watch the movie "Up" a few weeks ago. It's from Pixar animation --some of the best storytellers around. The first 20 minutes minutes were an amazing example of visual storytelling, only a few lines of dialogue, and the damned thing had me in tears (either that or the theater was a little dusty). It was beautiful and moving.
Did it matter that it was a cartoon? That it wasn't "real" people? Not one bit because the story is in our minds, we create the associations, we decide on the meaning through story.
Does this story seem any less moving because it's animated?
Speaking of story & emotion, do you need the intro to this spot or is it just trying to do too much: