My Neighbors The Yamadas

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In a break from the frequently mythical storytelling of Studio Ghibli, director Isao Takahata wryly tweaks the everyday activities of family life with his depiction of the irresponsible, slovenly, and lazy Yamada family and their unassuming way of life.

“A deceptively slight film, imbuing into its simplistic animation style and sly humor an astounding level of philosophy.” – Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine

With cartoon-like characters and visual design unlike anything else in the Ghibli canon, the film is illustrated in a series of rough sketches and outlines, which are then filled with soft colors that evoke watercolor painting. (Dir. by Isao Takahata, 1999, Japan, 104 min, Rated PG)