My Neighbors the Yamadas
A film by Isao Takahata
Japan, 104 min

In a break from the frequently mythical storytelling of Studio Ghibli, Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata wryly tweaks the everyday activities of family life with his hilarious depiction of the irresponsible, slovenly, and lazy Yamada family and their unassuming way of life. With cartoon-like characters and visual design unlike anything else in the Studio Ghibli canon, the film is illustrated in a series of rough sketches and outlines, which are then filled with soft colors that evoke watercolor painting.

(All images © 1999 Hisaichi Ishii – Hatake Jimusho – Studio Ghibli – NHD)

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