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My Neighbors the Yamadas (Japanese: ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん Hepburn: Hōhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun?) is a 1999 Japanese animated comedy film written and directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Studio Ghibli.[1] The film stars Hayato Isobata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Touru Masuoka, Yukiji Asaoka, Akiko Yano, and Kosanji Yanagiya. Unlike the other films of Studio Ghibli, the film is presented in a stylized comic strip aesthetic, a departure from the traditional anime style of the studio's other works.

Plot

The film is a series of vignettes following the daily lives of the Yamada family: Takashi and Matsuko (the father and mother), Shige (Matsuko's mother), Noboru (aged approximately 13, the son), Nonoko (aged approximately 5, the daughter), and Pochi (the family dog).

Each of the vignettes is preceded by a title such as "Father as Role Model", "A Family Torn Apart" or "Patriarchal Supremacy Restored". These vignettes cover such issues as losing a child in a department store, the relationships between father and son, or husband and wife, the wisdom of age, getting one's first girlfriend and many more. Each is presented with humour, presenting a very believable picture of family life which crosses cultural boundaries. The relationships between Matsuko, Takashi and Shige are particularly well observed, with Shige giving advice and proverbs to all the family members, and having a great strength of character which far outweighs Matsuko's. Takashi and Matsuko's relationship is often the focus of the episodes, their rivalries, such as arguing about who has control of the television, their frustrations and their difficulties, but the overriding theme is their love for one another despite their flaws, and their desire to be the best parents possible for their children.[2]

Voice cast

Japanese cast

  • Hayato Isobata as Noboru Yamada
  • Masako Araki as Shige Yamano
  • Naomi Uno as Nonoko Yamada
  • Touru Masuoka as Takashi Yamada
  • Yukiji Asaoka as Matsuko Yamada
  • Akiko Yano as Fujihara-Sensei
  • Kosanji Yanagiya as Haiku Reader

English cast

Production

Based on the yonkoma manga Nono-chan by Hisaichi Ishii, it is the first completely digital Studio Ghibli film. Takahata wanted Yamada-kun to have the art style of watercolor pictures rather than cel pictures. To achieve that, the traditional paint-on-cel techniques were replaced with digital technology, making Yamada-kun the first Ghibli film to have animation drawings painted entirely on computers.

Soundtrack

Akiko Yano My Neighbors the Yamadas

My Neighbors the Yamadas O.S.T.

The soundtrack was composed by Akiko Yano and it is characterised by very short piano themes. Classical pieces played by Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mario Klemens. Released by Tokuma on 1 July 1999.

CD 1
  1. "Theme I: And So It Begins" 1:45
  2. "Joyous Music I: Going Forward with Reckless Abandon" 0:26
  3. "Cuckoo I: Not Like the Main Title" 0:28
  4. "Extract from Chopin's "Nocturne No. 1 in B Flat Minor", Op. 9" 4:13
  5. "Extract from Mahler's "Symphony No. 5", 1st Movement, Funeral March" 0:29
  6. "Extract from Mendelsson's Wedding March" 4:22
  7. "My Neighbors the Yamadas" Theme (Orchestra Version)" 3:34
  8. Happy Bridge" 0:21
  9. "Evening Waltz Theme (Orchestra Version)" 1:43
  10. "Lively BGM" 3:21
  11. "The Dog's Policeman" 2:25
  12. "Troubles (BGM I)" 1:08
  13. "Troubles (BGM II)" 0:24
  14. "Sunset Scamper" (1:01)
  15. "Theme II: Thank Goodness" 1:11
  16. "Shut Up and Bring It Here!" 0:34
  17. "Joyous Music II: Please, Stop Pushing, Right Now!" 0:52
  18. "Cuckoo II: Oh, Welcome Home" 0:29
  19. "Happy Bridge II" 0:15
  20. "Takashi and Matsuko's Tango" 0:59
  21. "Pom Poko Tanuki Band" (Wakaya Rakudan) 1:13
  22. "Joyous Music III: A Happy Mouth" 0:25
  23. "A Father's Sorrow" 0:39
  24. "Paradise of Freedom" 0:23
  25. "Extract from Mahler's "Symphony No. 1", "Giant", 4th Movement 3:32
  26. "Theme III: Spring Rain" 3:32
  27. "Cuckoo III" 0:28
  28. "Cuckoo IV: The Correct Answer" 0:26
  29. "Cuckoo V"
CD 2
  1. "Round Of Forgotten Things I: Morning Blessings" 1:16
  2. "Round Of Forgotten Things II: Morning Blessings" 1:19
  3. "Cherry Cherry" 0:45
  4. "Extract from Albinoni's Adagio" 2:07
  5. "Young People" 1:42
  6. "Cuckoo VI: Summer Dreams" 0:28
  7. "Joyous Music III: School is Fun" 0:50
  8. "Exciting BGM" 0:45
  9. "Phone Line" 2:56
  10. "Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E Flat Minor" 4:14
  11. "Cheerful Music III: Going My Way" 1:16
  12. "Round of Forgotten Things: Bridge" 0:28
  13. "Round III of Forgotten Things: Good Advice" 0:36
  14. "The Masked Moonbeam Theme Song, "Who is the Masked Moonbeam?" (Yoshiko Kondou) 3:24
  15. "Broken Dreams" 0:24
  16. "Mozart's "Toy's Symphony", Movement No. 2" 2:27
  17. "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" 3:20
  18. "Quit Being Alone" 3:55

Release

Despite decent reviews, the film did not fare as well at the box office in Japan as other Ghibli films.

Home media

My Neighbors the Yamadas was released on DVD in America in August 2005, alongside another Takahata film, Pom Poko.

Accolades

My Neighbors the Yamadas received an Excellence Award for animation at the 1999 Japan Media Arts Festival.

References

  1. "Hôhokekyo Tonari No Yamadâkun". www.bcdb.com, 13 May 2012
  2. For a much more detailed plot synopsis, covering every episode in detail see: plot synopsis.

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