My Neighbors 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. The family consists of laid-back, rice cracker-addicted mother Matsuko; the bland businessman father Takashi, who has illusions of machismo; the fearless, acid-tongued grandmother Shige; the slacker teenaged son Noboru; the younger sister Nonoko, who has a freakishly voracious appetite; and Pochi, the misanthropic family dog. During the film, the Yamadas wrestle for control of the TV remote and they deal with a band of bikers who have… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A deceptively slight film, imbuing into its simplistic animation style and sly humor an astounding level of philosophy"
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"For all that they are cartoons, the Yamadas never court buffoonery... In fact, it's surprisingly observational, based in the way that people honestly act and feel."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
‑ Norm Schrager,
"There's a crabby, gleeful spirit to the whole thing, carried along by animated bursts of imagination, snippets of haiku, and spirited song. Amid all the disgruntlement and dismay, there's a sweet we're-all-in-this-life-togetherness."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"...the movie would be best served by a viewing in separate installments."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Unlike all other animated works from the celebrated Studio [Ghibli]"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"Quirky animated comedy follows a family's ups and downs."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Fluffy as a French pastry and almost as cloyingly sweet."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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