Movie review: This 2010 anime feature from the renowned Hayao Miyazaki does not disappoint.  Miyazaki’s team decides to move into new territory, and continue their creative efforts in a somewhat different fantasy realm from some of their more traditional fantasy settings.  This helps to demonstrate just how talented Stuido Ghibli is, as this film looks at the “little people” who live in the floorboards of an old family home.  The characters are fabulously developed, the storyline is thoughtful and melancholy, and the music does a fantastic job of adding to the spirit of the story.  The animation is high quality, and the overall conclusion is not contrived or obvious.  Overall, an excellent film for children and adults.  Well done!

Overall review: 5 stars out of 5