So much beauty in every scene featuring refraction in water. The story is super thin, but its embrace of simple cartoon wackiness makes it fun. Just like Kate Bush, it makes me really want to run up a building. I rolled my eyes every time the antagonist mentioned "the marriage of light and darkness," but it made me all the more happy to see him defeated. The trap doors in the castle gave me Mario 64 nostalgia.
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.