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.