– My Neighbors the Yamadas
– A Família Yamada
– Familie Yamada – Meine verrückten Nachbarn
– Mes voisins les Yamada
– Minu naabrid Yamadad
– Mis Vecinos los Yamada
– Rodzinka Yamadów
– Yamada Ailesi
– Наши соседи Ямада
– משפחת יאמאדה
– ยามาดะ ครอบครัวนี้ไม่ธรรมดา
– A Yamada család
– Meus Vizinhos os Yamada
– Naapurini Yamadat
– Η Γειτονιά της Πόλης: Η Τρελή Οικογένεια Γιαμάντα
– Komşum Yamada`lar
– Mano Kaimynai Yamados
– Meine Nachbarn
– die Yamadas
– Tonari no Yamada-kun
– Наши соседи – семья Ямада
My Neighbors the Yamadas (Japanese: ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん Hepburn: Hōhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) is a 1999 Japanese animated comedy film written and directed by Isao Takahata, animated by Studio Ghibli.
The art technique is quite distinct for this movie. It is minimalist with a touch of muted watercolor characteristic. It may be jarring at the beginning, but you’ll get used to it. Initially, the animation reminded me of a bit of Crayon Shin-chan, and so does some of the jokes.
The art and slow-pace comedy may not be everyone cup of tea. It is a delightful anime if you are in the right mindset. I advise watching this film when you want a relaxing and mellow time. The movie feels more like a compilation of short TV episodes stitched together.
The movie does have an overarching theme, which is of family relationship. It tells a series of short accounts of the Yamadas’ hilarious and quite relatable daily struggles.
Though I appreciate the film, it isn’t quite on par with most of Studio Ghibli’s works. It is a pleasant movie to watch once as I don’t see myself revisiting this movie in the future.
I recommend this movie to those liking realistic slice-of-life comedy. My Neighbors the Yamadas is intended for everyone.
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