Beautifully realized and heartfelt, if full of structural issues. The second half falls into a fairly typical one-thing-after-another animated feature rhythm, though it's hard to not feel charmed by the characters and vivid design. It may not surprise you, but it will probably make you tear up. Also, that rubbery garbage dog is my spirit guide. (Even if he's animated like the wackiest Lion King hyena. Animator shh.)
3.5/5 stars. The animation technique was really, really, amazing; and the colors were practically burst. Pixar really gain its throne again in ground-breaking animation. It's heart-warming and it's candy for the eyes, BUT, the plot story was painstakingly way too predictable, even for Disney!! that's practically buggering me the whole time I watched this, I almost rolled my eyeballs back to my brain.
3-3.5. I kind of walked away feeling the way other people did regarding the familiar plot beats. It's a competent film, overall. But I think it really becomes special in the way it uses music to explain the connections between people, as well as the present and past (in a way kinda stolen from Kubo). And it could have dug in more on the complications of family vs being an artist, like Ratatouille.