3.671 out of 5 from 98 votes
Young Chie has a very unusual childhood. Her mother is out of the picture, her father is a lazy and dishonest man who is in cahoots with the mob, and the job of running the family eatery rests in her own small hands. Her classmates make fun of her family life and times seem tough, but Chie always manages to live each day with a smile and put the smack down on her father's often inappropriate behavior whenever it's necessary!
The Yamadas are an ordinary suburban family that enjoy shopping together, watching TV together, and sharing meals just like anyone else. Or so we think! With grumpy grandma Shige wisecracking at the worst times, and Mummy and Daddy Yamada testing each other’s patience at every turn, no family moment ends without a fascinating mishap. But nobody chooses their family, so the Yamadas must learn to savor the joys, forgive each other’s mistakes and, above all, learn lessons that only make them stronger.
Family is family no matter how dysfunctional they may be. Join these characters as they work through their family differences. Chie the Brat was a little more serious at times than My Neighbors The Yamadas but check out one if you liked the other as they are very similar and will make you laugh at how family can be at times.
In modern Japan, Tokyo is expanding and considerably reducing animals' habitats, including those of the tanuki (raccoon-like creatures). What humanity doesn't know, though, is that tanuki are intelligent creatures, that can talk and even walk on two legs with the power of transformations! To secure their survival, the two combating tanuki clans join forces against mankind in a war they dub 'Pom Poko'! Humans are a difficult adversary, though... can the tanuki open mankind's eyes to the beauty of nature, before their homes are replaced by yet another suburb?
Besides being two of Takahatas better movies IMO, these share a tone that can be both comedic and serious. Both have anthropomorphized animals, animation with character, and a well developed plot that lasts more than 90 min.
Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.
Both anime are amazing slice of life's that actually keep your interest. Plot wise they are kinda different but there is an odd subplot in both involving cats that is quite interesting and hilarious. Sure to bring a smile to your face. All the characters are very loveable. Check out one if you liked the other!