Critic's Pick

'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' a painterly epic

Kenneth Turan
Contact ReporterLos Angeles Times Movie Critic
'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' looks like a watercolor sketchbook come to life

"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" submerges us in a world of transporting beauty. A hand-drawn, painterly epic that looks like a watercolor sketchbook come to life, it is further proof that the wonders of Japanese animation truly never cease. Based on a 10th century folk tale about a magical creature who comes to live with a hard-working bamboo cutter and his wife, it is the first work in 14 years by venerable 78-year-old Isao Takahata, the co-founder, with the great Hayao Miyazaki, of Studio Ghibli. As animation intended for adults as much if not more so than for children, "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" was definitely worth the wait.

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