Studio Ghibli
Joe McGovern
October 17, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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-

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