I recently learned about an animation by my favourite Studio Ghibli. (I hang my head in utter shame ... how on earth had I missed it?).
I haven't watched this animation, but what I know about its storyline is: a bamboo cutter discovers a miniature baby in a bamboo shoot. He and his wife raise the baby, who grows at a peculiar rate. They believe she is a divine being and call her "Princess." When Princess is older, the bamboo cutter moves the whole family to the capital, forcing her to leave her childhood friends behind, so she could become a proper princess.
Princess hates the restraints of her new identity. All she wants is to go back to the countryside and search for her friends.
There is always something pure-hearted about a Studio Ghibli production. I hope you enjoy this moving, extended trailer of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya!
Watched any nice animations lately?
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For those not so thrilled by gore and low cackles piercing through dense darkness, here's a warm animation about a young witch named Kiki for the young ones this Halloween.
Kiki has turned thirteen. It is a tradition for witch-apprentices to leave home at that age to go through a year of independent training. Kiki is an excitable, adventurous girl who doesn't have very strong witchy powers yet. Accompanied by her black cat, Jiji, she carries her father's portable radio and leaves on her mother's broom in search for a place, any place, where she could make contributions to so that she could become a full-fledged witch.
The town she crashes upon is beautiful. She puts up at a bakery right beside a wide, sparkling sea and begins her official training ~ by offering a courier service.
What could possibly go wrong ...
Except for botched deliveries, friendships, being different from the other girls in town, and ... becoming a proper witch, right?
If you need to balance out the bloody taste of Halloween this year, or if you have a very young one at home, check out Kiki's Delivery Service! What other films are you watching this Halloween?
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