What parents need to know

Parents need to know that unlike other Studio Ghibli productions, which are in the Japanese anime style, this one is all minimalist, cartoon-strip animation. The movie follows a multi-generational family of five in several short episodes focused on a specific theme or particular family member. Some kids may be disturbed when Nonoko is accidentally left behind at a mall and when bikers briefly threaten the family, leading to a motorcycle chase. The language occasionally includes quick insults like "stupid" or "shut up," and the father is shown smoking cigarettes in a couple of stories. Although there's no romance, there are references to Noboru's first crush and a gossipy conversation between the grandmother and her friend about a possible affair.
  • Families can talk about how different the animation and storytelling technique is in this movie than most animated films.
  • How does this movie compare to Studio Ghibli's other movies? Do you prefer the Studio Ghibli movies featuring one central protagonist, or do you like this whole-family approach?
  • Unlike most kid-friendly movies, this is a more episodic story than a continuous beginning-middle-end plot. Is it harder to sustain interest in a movie where there are several shorts rather than one plotline?
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