From Up on Poppy Hill
Yokohama teens try to save their school's clubhouse from being demolished.
Release Date: March 15, 2013
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From Up On Poppy Hill is beautifully animated, but the story lacks the magic and fantasy of most Ghibli productions. If you‚Äôre looking for spectacle, you‚Äôre looking in the wrong place here. But if you gear your expectations toward a sweet, heartfelt story, Poppy Hill puts you in the right neighborhood... See Full ReviewSeptember 11th, 2013 · Details
The resonance of the story‚Äôs context in the years between Japan‚Äôs defeat in WWII and its hosting of the 1964 Olympics 20 years later will be lost on today‚Äôs children, which leaves the thin storyline inadequate to sustain our interest to the end... See Full ReviewApril 7th, 2013 · Details
As with all of Ghibli‚Äôs films, From Up on Poppy Hill is blessed with delightful music, skilled voice acting, beautiful animation, and a gentle, philosophical sensibility utterly lacking in American productions. For its artistry and thoughtful world-view, the Parents Television Council awards From Up on Poppy Hill with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM... See Full Review
The artistry is peaceful and comforting to the eyes but not especially stirring. Given the pictorial extremes that Studio Ghibli has gone to in the past, "Up on Poppy Hill" is weak tea. Perhaps Miyazaki, as before, has correctly gauged his nation's temperament. "From Up on Poppy Hill" may not look like it was Japan's top grosser of 2011, but it most surely was... See Full Review
...a sentimental parable that carefully recreates a post-war Japan obsessed with obliterating its past. And at the school where Umi and her sister Sora study, that simply won‚Äôt do... See Full ReviewMarch 13th, 2013 · Details