A few days ago I watched this movie with a budding young GeekGirl, my niece, hereinafter referred to as The Potato. She absolutely loved this film. I know this because that’s what she told me or she simply could have been coming down from the high of having gone to see the new Spongebob movie. Either way, we had a great time.
It’s a gorgeous film and a little different from the computer generated Disney films she’s used to, so I didn’t know if I should recommend it to her. It was not a problem. She mostly loved the story, I think. It’s about an old woodcutter who finds a tiny baby in the forest, that he and his wife decide to raise as their daughter. The version we watched had English dubbed voices.
It was released last year by Studio Ghibli and one of several Studio Ghibli films she’s taken an extreme liking to. Her other loves are Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, which she is more than happy to watch repeatedly. Hopefully, this will become another one.
The story goes in some complicated and unexpected directions but The Potato had no trouble following it. She’s a pretty sophisticated movie watcher. It’s very interesting having a hand in the development of a young, Pop culture nerd.