My Neighbor the Yamadas

After watching the Disney-released English dub of My Neighbor the Yamadas, I've got to conclude that Takahata is at least the equal of Miyazaki, if not his superior, is a master at understatement and the domestic drama, and that this film is a major Ghibli production. Just because people including Disney think of it as an amusing family comedy doesn't mean it isn't a significant film--their boldest and most experimental effort, in both form and content, and the single most delicately beautiful use of digital animation I've ever seen. Period.

Saw this back in 1998, if I remember right, in Singapore, and much preferred it over Edward Yang's Yi Yi (A One and a Two), especially in its depiction of women.

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