In this edition of Creations of Chaos, the film up for discussion is My Neighbors The Yamadas. Don’t you mean My Neighbor Totoro? No. Are you sure this is a Studio Ghibli film? Yes.
A full length animated episode of “The Middle,” with a touch of a Peanuts vibe, My Neighbors The Yamadas is a lesser known Ghibli film that is far from being less. Find out more about this film, after the jump.
With the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the future of Studio Ghibli has been questionable with no young talent to pick up the slack. The answer may lie with this feature that debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last week. Meet me after the jump for a first look at The Red Turtle.
No dragons, no talking cats, and no soot sprites, just a young woman and her childhood memories. I have never loved the non-fantasy Studio Ghibli films as much as I love the fantasy films. Did Only Yesterday change my mind?
Any film from Studio Ghibli is a treat. The Japanese anime house has put out some great movies over the years, including Hayao Miyazake’s films Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). Now officially retired, Miyazake’s worked slowly but steadily, putting out a film every five years or so. His Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata is even less prolific. The director of the masterful WWII story Grave of the Fireflies (1988) has only made three films since, his last My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) released over fourteen years ago. His return at age 78 with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) shows that Takahata hasn’t missed a beat. Beautiful and moving, he delivers another anime masterpiece.
A hard-hitting, harrowing and realistic portrayal of a young brother and sister suffering the ravages of Japan’s losing World War II ordeal. A film that Roger Ebert calls one of the best and most powerful war films ever made, included on his 2000 list of the “Great Movies.” A film that’s been remade twice, having only been released in 1988. And yet, it’s hard to find, and hardly ever screened. In short, a classic. But no Spielberg drama, nor the sturm und drang of Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. This film is Grave of the Fireflies, one of the best anime movies ever made. Yep, it’s a cartoon. Pull the cord with me and I’ll fill you in on the way down, after the jump.