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My Neighbours The Yamadas

Isao Takahata    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Isao Takahata
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WG2EQK

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Based on a wildly popular Japanese comic strip, master animator Isao Takahata directs this loosely structured work about that wacky household, the Yamadas.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical anime, but surprisingly endearing 18 April 2006
Format:DVD
Directed by Isao Takahata ('Grave of the Fireflies', 'Pom Poko') in 1999, this centres around the various members of the Yamada family, which consist of a boy, a girl, their parents, their grandmother and the family dog. They all live together and the film is essentially sketch after silly sketch in which some quite daft things happen.

Even just looking at the cover artwork, you can tell that this is not your typical anime-style work. Being allegedly based on a comic series of some kind, 'My Neighbours The Yamadas' uses a digital method of depicting what effectively looks like animated watercolour work, and it actually works quite well and is surprisingly charming.

There's no plot as such; it's just like a series of short sketches dealing with everyday incidents that occur in the Yamada family.

If there were some faults that prevent me giving this a 5 rating, they'd be most notably (a) it's a bit too long-winded to sit through the whole thing in one go, so it might be advisable to watch it in parts; and (b) a couple of the sketches require a knowledge of Japanese culture, so may be lost on overseas markets.

Try it; you may just like to see Japanese animation with a difference. And it's in the hands of a master like Isao Takahata, so a lot of people should enjoy it even with the very unique artwork.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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My neighbors the yamadas portrays suburban middle class life as it is in Japan or any other part of the globe for that matter. Directed by Isao takahata, this experimental studio ghibli film is unlike any of their previous films. A collection of short vignettes, showing everyday life of yamadas family, My neighbors the yamadas wears a newspaper comic strip look. It lacks all the usual detail, fine lines and photorealistic backgrounds of other ghibli films without losing any depth or appeal. Digitally achieved watercolor wash look works just fine for the style of the film and makes it visually striking and different from any other work studio has ever done.

My neighbors the yamadas is filled with humor, satire, grief and quite possibly everything else a middle class experiences. Everyday life incidents you can relate to and situations you can identify with, mentioning any of which here, may spoil the fun for those who havent seen the film.

Lets look at the dvd now. My neighbors the yamadas happens to be the only studio ghibli film released by disney as a single disc dvd. Presented in anamorphic widescreen, picture quality of the disc looks absolutely crisp and flawless and so is the sound. As usual, both English and Japanese tracks, rendered in dolby digital 5.1 are available on the disc. English dub featuring the voices of Jim belushi, Molly shannon and others doesnt disappoint and is quite decent. Bonus features include a "behind the microphone" featurette (approx 6 minutes) showing the english dubbing process and original trailers and tv spots which run a little more than 15 minutes. Fans of rough animation would be delighted to see the first trailer, which shows one complete segment from the film in line drawings without any colors filled.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animation doesn't always mean "for kids" 28 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
Are you old enough to remember the animation from "The wall" by Pink Floyd?, or Urotsukidoji? Just to give you a couple of examples.

Animation doesn't always mean "cartoons", it doesn't always mean "for kids".

This is a great animation film full of wisdom and depth, that will be enjoyed by most Japanese adults (for cultural references) and some Western ones.

I must admit that the 2nd half of the movie lacks the dynamic of the first half, but it's such a charming and touching movie that everything is forgiven once the end credits roll.

I will always keep in my memory the scene where the whole family loses the small girl in the mall. The mom, the dad, the grandma and the older brother. They all panic because they lost her. But she doesn't seem too bothered, she tells the lady in reception that, instead, she lost them. Unforgettable is also the scene with the pork and the umbrella.

This movie shows how fragile we adults are, it shows our insecurities, dreams, frustrations, limitations... It shows how similar to kids we are. I couldn't tell how many times I smiled while watching this movie.

The morale of the story is: no matter how imperfect you or your family is, you'll be all right; don't worry, no one is perfect.

Great movie to watch and share for an open minded couple.
Maybe, just maybe, ff you're under 30, you might not be able to fully enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Que sera sera...what will be, will be..." 3 Feb 2009
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Format:DVD
My Neighbours the Yamadas consists of clips of small events which occur in lives of the Yamadas. Small events which have no massive significance, but small events which are important to the Yamadas - and perhaps to families everywhere - for example; being late for work, deciding what to have for tea, and having annoying bikers making a racket outside! Initially we see things through a child's eyes but soon we get to see home life through the eyes of everyone in the family.

This film is probably better well known for the break in style than for the actual content of the film. The entire film is presented in pastel colours with lots of white space. The film looks like an animated story board, a work in progress. There are no highly detailed backdrops or characters - but the animators still manage to convey exactly what is a required using basic but effective facial expression. This 'rushed' look seems to reflect the quick pace of modern family life. The style does change briefly for a scene later in the film - you'll know it when you see it as it looks like the music video for A-Ha's `80s pop classic 'Take On Me'! The film also employs use of highly symbolic imagery - for instance when talking about life being a journey, we see the family in their living room aboard a ship smashing through the waves.

The dub is very Americanised, and there are variations between the dub and the subtitles. Having said that though, the voices seem to match the characters well in the dub, though I'd recommend watching the original Japanese soundtrack with the English subtitles. One thing you don't really notice until you're watching a scene with little dialogue is the lack of soundtrack. There is one of course - but it's not always apparent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my neighbours the yamadas dvd studio ghibli
yet another great animation from studio ghibli. story of a typical family life funny and entertaining very good kids enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by steven quayle
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight to watch
Simplified illustration without losing any power to the characters or little stories.
Very funny an recognizable situations. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karen Vranken
5.0 out of 5 stars Very adorable
Love grandma in this animation is very funny and sweet. Gives a lovely insight in to Japanese life even if it is in a comical way. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms. N. Masud
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Usual Ghibli Film
My Neighbours The Yamadas is not a "kid's film." There are no magic elements, no real plot or story line, no special events. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Orinoco Womble
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet movie!
This movie is so sweet, it has some good morals and lessons and a general all round fun movie about life's ups and downs within a normal family.
Published 13 months ago by Miss Muffet
5.0 out of 5 stars It's what he wanted!
My son asked for this as one of his birthday pressies.... so he got it - it arrived as required in good condition.
Published 16 months ago by Pamay Wey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Studio Ghibli!
I bought this as a Christmas present for my sister, who collects and loves Studio Ghibli films. This film is sweet, funny, mad and quirky (as always). Read more
Published 18 months ago by BethTheBeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good blu ray release with sleeve, Yamadas delivers in comedy, drama and fun. Sometimes hard to watch in one go due to the episodic format of the film but enjoyable all the same. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the collection!
It took me a while to want to get this film. As it did not look too appealing at first but now it is my favorite out of them all so far! Read more
Published 23 months ago by H. H. B. Nicholson
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique but disapointing
Although an acceptable film by itself, this film is DEFINATLY lacking compared to the rest of the ghibli collection. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by JB
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