H˘hokekyo Tonari No Yamada-Kun
Japan | 1999 | Isao Takahata
In this charming animated feature, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata breaks from his company’s tradition of mythic, larger-than-life stories to recount the everyday activities of an ordinary Japanese family—husband, wife, son, daughter, mother-in-law, and dog. He also departs from the studio’s detailed, saturated cel animation for a faster, more fluid, minimalist style inspired by comic strip sketches and pastel-colored watercolors. (It was the first Studio Ghibli feature created entirely on computers.) “If there’s an American analogy [to this film], it’s The Simpsons.” –Time Out Film Guide.
104 min. 35mm. Subtitles. Studio Ghibli’s Other Anime Masters. Cleveland theatrical premiere.
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