Director: Isao Takahata. 137 min. Rated PG. Japan. Animation.
One thing I've learned about the Japanese approach to fantasy, is that you're expected to suspend disbelief to the extent of welcoming fantasy as reality. The most recent Studio Ghibli production (from the director of the crushingly sad Grave of the Fireflies) takes the same approach, using a "less is more" technique on animation, telling an uplifting story by images that initially look very simple, but then materialize as exquisitely detailed upon closer review. Almost looks like contradictory styles in the same image. I'm no animation expert, but I had never seen anything like this before.
PS: Nicely done, Ali S. Nicely done.