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on 18 August 2004
As a former animation student (and therefore lifelong animation enthusiast) I was suprised to only hear of this film for the first time about a month ago. I don't even know if it was released here in the US - but perhaps I really did just overlook it. Well, that wouldn't do! I *had* to see it. Since it is only available on region 2 I went ahead and imported it and had my brother convert it for me. So finally, I got to see it the other day.
As the title of this review says, it was unexpected. See, I had also bought the soundtrack and the 'bubblegum pop' on there had warned me that this might wind up to be a really dumb kiddie flick - but as it turned out the songs that had bothered me were either not in the film at all or were so in the background I didn't notice them. Either way, I was proved wrong: this movie is intelligent and emotional and intense in places. I was captivated. As this movie seems to be virtually unknown in the States I am going to personally see to it that all my friends, especially the ones with children, see it. But I think I'll keep the soundtrack to myself. ;)