Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast (voices): Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly. 86 min. Rated G. Japan. Animation.
Every Miyazaki animation works like a meditative relaxation technique. Miyazaki's world is so far from Hollywood's (even Disney's) universe of fast-paced mind-numbing editing, you can just sit back and watch the bright beautiful images and pleasant slow story go by. Here, two girls with an ailing mother living with their father, befriend fantasy creatures in the woods, and the storyteller's imagination goes wild. But does it really matter what the story is? As I said, just sit back, watch, and relax.