2-3. The movie's quality is visually strong, and its characters are strongly written and true-to-life. But as vignette after vignette passes, it becomes apparent that the movie has no sense of exactly when it's going to end or why. Even lighter movies generally need to be hung on a strong framework, maybe with some character arcing thrown in, too, for good measure. But this one is basically flawed in that area.
A cute and clumsy ordinary family that anyone can relate to. At first I thought these short stories would make more sense as a tv series, until I realised they were already based on Hisaichi Ishii's comic strip. Alongside with 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' (whose visuals I believe are an improvement of this movie) are both my stylishly favourites from Isao Takahata.