From: Obveeus <Obveeus@aol.com>
Subject: Re: YOUR NAME (no spoilers)
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From: Obveeus <Obveeus@aol.com>
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Subject: Re: YOUR NAME (no spoilers)
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:21:33 -0500
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On 12/1/2017 10:12 AM, moviePig wrote:
> On 12/1/2017 9:57 AM, Obveeus wrote:
>>
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>> On 12/1/2017 9:53 AM, moviePig wrote:
>>>
>>> A high-school boy and girl, miles apart, find they've switched 
>>> bodies. The hand-drawn fantasy drama YOUR NAME is more than rewarding 
>>> to look at, as both the complexity and scope of its story are a year 
>>> or two above the adolescent demo typical of anime.  Fans of this 
>>> stuff may well be (and apparently are) thrilled.  For me, though, a 
>>> couple more years of age-level are needed for an entry in this genre 
>>> be an unqualified must-see.  Admittedly, those twain may never meet.  
>>> Mostly recommended.
>>
>> What I wrote last month:
>> YOUR NAME.:  A 2016 animated feature from Japan.  The story starts off 
>> looking like it will follow one of those standard film tropes/themes 
>> that we have seen a dozen or more times before.  It does take a bit of 
>> a sci-fi (and I use that term loosely) twist and adds some depth as it 
>> goes.  The animation here is a bit generic feeling, but it is 
>> certainly well done.  The story feels abridged at times, as though 
>> they wanted to keep the film under 2 hours and had to cut some 
>> transitional bits for time.  Still, this is a good film and certainly 
>> worth watching, especially for those looking for family friendly 
>> fare.  The IMDB score stands at 8.5 and this film earned over 
>> $350million at the box office even though it was limited to only 
>> $5million domestically.  I have to attribute the US non-interest as a 
>> product of the film choosing not to use a bunch of famous American 
>> actors as voice cast.  Well, that and the tiny FUNimation studio backing.
> 
> Yeah, I remember reading that now -- might've put me onto the movie.  It 
> is interesting to estimate the box-office had they gone with name-voices 
> (though I don't know what well-knowns could credibly do high-school). 

Given how many 25-30 year olds are doing high school 'credibly' in live 
action TV/film, I'd imagine they wouldn't have too many problems finding 
voices.

> Meanwhile, I'm guessing I liked the visuals more than you did, with its 
> wonderful little throwaways and minimalisms.

There were times when I really liked the animation, times when I 
*really* missed the Hayeo Miyazaki style drawing rather than comic book 
line art, and times when I was just disappointed at how much the 
animation looked like generic TV anime from Japan.

>  Re 'family fare', I was 
> surprised to see such frank boob-groping in a 'PG' (but noted the 
> obverse handled so deferentially that I didn't get what was going on).

Boob-groping is probably ok in a PG film when done as comedy...and when 
it is a solo act...and when it is not real flesh.