MouseVENTURES goes Otaku!!
Hey there MV’ers!! It’s time for another movie review! If you couldn’t tell from the title, we’ve decided to review a few Otaku type movies. Otaku is a term for people that really love Anime and Manga. Disney has a few anime movies that they’ve released through the help of Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli is a very famous Japanese animation studio that was founded in 1985 by two of the greatest animators in the world, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Why would we want our kids to be interested in anime films you ask? Well, the reason is to help them develop a love for fine artwork and animation of course! A lot of people tend to think of Japanese animation when they hear the term anime. But actually, anime can come from anywhere. Anime is a style of animation that tends to be more realistic looking and not so “cartoony” to put it plainly. Most cartoons tend to exaggerate features of the characters in them greatly. Animes can have exaggerated features in their characters or whatenot, but the characters, setting, items, etc. still look more realistic.
This month, we’re going to take a look at Kiki’s Delivery Service. This is a great movie to start your young ones on to get them interested in anime films. The story follows the adventures of a young girl of 13 years as she leaves home with her talking cat, Jiji, to train as a witch. Along the way, she gains a plethora of new friends in her life including Tombo, a young geeky boy that’s obsessed with aviation, Osono, a kind baker that offered Kiki room and board with her and her husband as long as Kiki made deliveries on her broom for Osono, and Ursula, a kind and talented painter that befriends Kiki. Along the way, Kiki has some troubles and loses her ability to fly on her broom and talk to her cat Jiji. Will she get her powers back? You’ll just have to check out the film to find out.
This film, as I said earlier, is a great film to get your young ones started on anime with. There is a slew of stars voicing the characters that, to be quite honest, I was surprised to find were in this. This includes Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Brad Garrett, Tress Macneille, Janeane Garofalo, Matthew Lawrence, and Debbie Reynolds. I will say that there is one scene towards the middle of the film where there is a line that is said that may be construed as inappropriate for young ears. I can tell you about that line in person or you could screen the film on your own to hear it. In my opinion, it really is not that bad of a line. Other than that, there are all kinds of great reasons to see this movie, including flying, friendship, danger, drama, love, and much much more. Those are some of the reasons I really enjoyed and loved this film. So I am going to give it two flying broomstick way up!
For MouseVENTURES, I’m your resident movie buff extraordinaire, Zach, signing off saying have a great time at the movies!!