- Directors: Isao Takahata
- Region: All Regions
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B005WG2EQK
My Neighbours The Yamadas
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Although different from other Ghibli films, this is still a strong ghibli contender, you get used to the different character drawing style and learn to love the interesting lives... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Abby Lea
This is so funny, it is well worth seeing. I watch this together with my 12yrs old every few months and we have a good laugh :)Published 10 months ago by elicutz
I really love this. It is a series of episodes covering life in an ordinary Japanese family. Sometimes it is amusing, sometimes outrageous but most often it is bittersweet. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gothicfun