All of this is delivered with a water-coloured animation style that stands out to say the least. Film: Extras: My Neighbours The Yamadas will be released on Blu-ray on 9 May and can be. They however face some rather abnormal yet realistic situations; leaving their daughter behind in a shopping centre, trying to stand up to a noisy motorcycle gang and even the age old problem of tricking someone into cooking a meal for you because you are too lazy to. Secondly, the story is not traditional in that it has a beginning, middle, and end as it is essentially comprised of a series of vignettes revolving around the titular family. This movie really looks sensational on the higher-definition format. The film stars Hayato Isobata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Touru Masuoka, , , and Kosanji Yanagiya. The humor is nearly identical, wry little observations about how family members interact with one another and their neighbors.
The vignettes are sometimes 30 seconds or less, and likely adapted from one of the four-panel strips, while the longer ones run maybe 10 minutes. With a superb English dub, starring many of the American actors who have appeared on numerous Ghibli dubs, and the original Japanese audio track always well worth listening to , this is a beautifully mastered disc. Start saving your pennies now, kids. When you pop this disc in, the first thing you notice about this movie is that it doesn't have the usual look of a Studio Ghibli film. Audio quality will be vastly superior, as well, as we should expect. Based on a comic, director Isao Takahata Grave of the Fireflies wanted the film of have the look of a newspaper strip and he succeeded wonderfully. But they obviously love each other and it is how to balance the difficulties of family life with the love of each other that the film focuses on.
This film is a series of small vignettes involving the Yamadas; typical Japanese family living in the suburbs of Tokyo. Audio Track: Japanese and English 5. But despite the peculiarities and peccadillos, the Yamada family is essentially a happy one. At long last, we're getting My Neighbors the Yamadas on Blu-Ray! He'll change it when he gets the chance. Even the family dog has issues! I want to have the wind blow freely between the reality of our daily lives and what we see in the film. The background art isn't any better either, with many scenes featuring nothing at all besides a two tone water-colour effect.
Can't say much about the sound part, but I can at least say it sounds great. I viewed the majority of this movie with the original language, but did check the English dub in sections. The family was first found in Hisaichi Ishii manga Nono-chan. The character designs are equally simple—loose, rough lines that delineate their blocky bodies and simple expressions. However, by far the most famous incarnation is Fuji Television's long-running animated television series, which began in 1969 and is still going strong today, more than 7,000! Although both families drive each other crazy, the Yamadas are much less violent in their quarrels than the Simpsons, and their lives are far more ordinary. Matsuko and Shige are cleaning one afternoon and when they can't find a number of items have an epiphany and decide to look under the kotatsu, where they find all the missing items and other long-lost treasures.
But Yamadas feels like it has profited more from the hi-def process than Laputa. I can usually find something to complain about, but this transfer looks flawless. Indeed, so iconic is the series that for several generations of Japanese, its familiar theme song served as a wistful reminder that the weekend was ending, the program airing since its inception from 6:30-7:00pm on Sunday nights. Instead of the colorful and detailed scenes that the studio is known for, this film has sparse backgrounds and looks like a series of watercolors more than traditional animation. There's also a Dolby Digital 5. Video: The anamorphic widescreen image 1. The soundtrack was composed by and it is characterised by very short piano themes.
Just a superposition of sequences, each being more hilarating than the preceding. Each of these short skits, reminiscent of a gag-a-day comic strip, are really funny because they his so close to home. The ending of that bit is truly classic. In Yamadas, for instance, Matsuko, wants to order sushi for dinner, but Shige complains it'll be a waste of money and that she'll make it instead. Digital defects are nonexistant, with no aliasing or blocking present at all. The yamadas are a typical japanese family, living in the Kansai area Osaka.
Grandman Kikuchi voice as Chocho Miyako Rest of cast listed alphabetically:. For one thing there's no story per se; rather, the film unfolds as a series of vignettes of varying length, sometimes with abrupt and unclear transitions from one to the next. It all works together though. They expand out the family with a visit to the cabbage patch, capturing a floating peach and cutting open a magical bamboo shoot. However the quick clean up goes to the next level. The family drives away from the mall and argues to the point that the father wishes the others could be as quiet as their daughter. Neither it nor the original manga are available in English.
I would like to see the marvellous Optimum Releasing commission some new material for these editions. I for one would love to see something by Jonathan Clements check out his brilliant book on the anime and manga trade, Schoolgirl Milky Crisis. You really get to learn about this family and, in turn, you start to see your own family through them as the film feels very identifiable and real. That doesn't mean Ghibli puts on things isn't there. Unfortunately this means that much of the public wont even know it existed, despite it being released between two of the studio's greatest successes. On a side note, the Blu-ray release oddly lacks a 'signs' subtitle track for the occasional chapter title screen that appears during the film.