Conclusion: Some will lament the absence of Studio Ghibli's signature fantasy in From Up on Poppy Hill , but I appreciated this simple film as something refreshingly different. This endearing coming-of-age period drama easily won me with the old basic fundamentals of story and characters.
From Up on Poppy Hill, Prime Suspect and Frankenstein's Army
Sound & Vision Magazine
30 August 2013
Excerpt: This 2011 production from the esteemed Studio Ghibli is a family affair of the best sort, scripted by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro. It's a fictional tale with a very real backdrop: Yokohama, 1963, as Japan is still picking up the pieces post-World War II while also...
Excerpt: The overwhelming problem with Goro Miyazaki's films is how much the technical quality of their animation outshines the films themselves. His first feature, Tales from Earthsea , was visually stunning in the fluidity of the character movement and the exacting detail and textures of the environments.
Excerpt: Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli is responsible for some of the most gorgeous, imaginative animated fantasy films of all time, yet many of the best Ghibli features have been small, quiet, and grounded in reality.
Summary: Suggesting all that is lost when people rush to replace the old ways with shiny new alternatives, Studio Ghibli's gorgeously hand-drawn period romance "From Up on Poppy Hill" tells the story of how a young couple intervene in the demolition of a classic building on their school campus.
Summary: A decade after his critically panned Tales of Earthsea , Goro Miyazaki (son of the great Hayao) has shown some noticeable improvement. Poppy Hill has plenty of charm and character, most noticeably within the students’ Tardis-like clubhouse, and I’ve always been in love with the way the animation...