2.6 stars. A cosmopolitan genre exercise in the Mediterranean style. Never asks to be taken seriously and only in technique alone does it truly suggest the heights which Miyazaki would later reach... yet it's pretty perfect lazy Sunday afternoon entertainment. I can't help but be a sucker for the big clockwork architecture. Visually appealing and effortlessly cool (though animation is never effortless!)
About to reassess some Ghibli, a studio I've never really "got" the love for (which makes me unpopular with friends). This is a pretty fun 70's caper, one that's enjoyment comes from the increasing layering of bizarre characters, set pieces and gadgets on top of one another. Enjoyable.