Ok, I watched this only because of the comments below. I would have never suspected myself of watching a movie with a still showing some smiling bear-squirrels playing a guitar. ... and I would have lost an awesome movie! I can only agree with all the positive opinions! Starting today I'll watch every racoon movie I can find
I can't believe I loved this as much as I did! It's really just so very hilarious and charming! The ecological message is really in your face, but by the end the film is more about mankind's estrangement from the freedom and beauty of nature. It IS just a bit deeper than what is presented at first glance. Also notable for how deeply Japanese the whole thing is. Definitely Ghibli's most culturally specific film.