The Summer’s Best-Kept Secret: From Up on Poppy Hill
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From a Catholic Digest article
By Steven D. Greydanus
Looking back over the movies of summer 2013, it’s been a lackluster season for Hollywood so far — and that applies particularly to one of my favorite movie categories, animation. The best of the summer was Pixar’s latest sequel, Monsters University — a fine little film, although weaker than any non-Cars Pixar film since A Bug’s Life. It was all downhill from there (with the caveat that at this writing I haven’t seen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2).
There was, however, a more ambitious and artful animated film in theaters this summer, even though it didn’t play widely and wasn’t heavily advertised. From Up on Poppy Hill (on home video September 3) is the latest from Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation house behind The Secret World of Arrietty and Ponyo.
Co-written by Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyzaki and directed by his son Goro Miyazaki (Tales From Earthsea), From Up on Poppy Hill is a gently naturalistic departure from the high-flying fantasy for which the studio is best known…