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Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 12:06:19 -0500
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On 12/1/2017 10:21 AM, Obveeus wrote:
> 
> 
> On 12/1/2017 10:12 AM, moviePig wrote:
>> On 12/1/2017 9:57 AM, Obveeus wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> 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.

Of course, those particular scenes in this particular movie were a bit 
solo-challenged...

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