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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA Main character illustration
Studio Ghibli

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
137 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/23/13
performer:
James Caan, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mary Steenburgen
director:
Isao Takahata
author:
Isao Takahata
genre:
Animation

We gave it an A-

An elderly couple raise a girl who’s not of this world in a lovely, glacially told gem from animator Isao Takahata, the 78-year-old cofounder with Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. The 10th-century Japanese folktale provides an ideal tableau for Takahata to express his sweet wise-man melancholy about the passage of time and his love for the pastoral. His abstract style—you can see the pencil lines and watercolor blots—evokes a magical old storybook drawn on papyrus paper. A-