My Neighbors the Yamadas
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

A deceptively slight film, imbuing into its simplistic animation style and sly humor an astounding level of philosophy

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Norm Schrager


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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the movie would be best served by a viewing in separate installments.

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Shane Burridge

Unlike all other animated works from the celebrated Studio [Ghibli]

Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Quirky animated comedy follows a family's ups and downs.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Fluffy as a French pastry and almost as cloyingly sweet.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
If the world-renowned Hayao Miyazaki could be seen as the Walt Disney of the Studio Ghibli cannon, then the equally talented Isao Takahata can be viewed as the… More
Ivan Descartin
Isao Takahata's "My Neighbors the Yamadas" is the complete opposite of his well-known masterpiece "Grave of the Fireflies". It dealt… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
A chronicle of the Yamada Japanese family, My Neighbors The Yamadas is a coarse, but creative animation output from Studio Ghibli that fragmentary narrates the… More
Marion Ravenwood
This reminds me of the "funny pages" from the newspaper, 3 comic panels which are suppose to elicit laughter, but in fact leaves you thinking,… More

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