The animation is beautiful, and it builds to an interesting climax. But I did not enjoy the voice acting, and HATED the America songs. And the pacing was generally a little off. Like much 80s animation, it is simultaneously charming and annoying.
"And darling, we will be fine; but what was yours and mine
appears to me a sandcastle
that the gibbering wave takes.
But if it’s all just the same, then will you say my name;
say my name in the morning, so that I know when the wave breaks.
I wasn’t born of a whistle, or milked from a thistle at twilight.
No; I was all horns and thorns, sprung out fully formed, knock-kneed and upright."
i loved this movie as a kid. but later on, after i read the book by peter s. beagle and watched the movie again i didn't like it as much. the book is a real gem. a must read for everyone who liked this movie.