Japan, 1999, 104 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Isao Takahata, Rated PG, Japanese with English subtitles, GKIDS
My Neighbors the Yamadas
"Visually striking and quite unique, especially when matched with the wit of a newspaper comic strip and the optimistic Takahata sense of humor." – Anime News Network
In a break from the frequently mythical storytelling of Studio Ghibli, studio co-founder Isao Takahata wryly tweaks the everyday activities of family life with his hilarious depiction of the irresponsible, slovenly, and lazy Yamada family and their unassuming way of life. With cartoon-like characters and visual design unlike anything else in the Studio 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. My Neighbors the Yamadas consists of four vignettes that follows the daily lives of the titular family: Matsuko and Takashi (mom and dad); Shige (the grandmother); Noboru and Nonoko (son and daughter); and Pochi (the family dog).
For over three decades, Studio Ghibli has transported audiences across the globe to magical realms filled with fantastic creatures and awe-inspiring sights. Led by co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the Japanese studio has garnered numerous awards, set box office records, and touched the hearts of children and adults alike. Join us for a two-week celebration as we present, in partnership with GKIDS, all 22 films (and one short!) in the Complete Studio Ghibli.
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