Surprise Oscar nominee in '09 that was not a surprise to those who had seen it. Grand storytelling and tour de force animation should have translated into a wide audience but alas remains somewhat unknown. A wonderful tale of determination, faith, superstition and magic. Voice casting is quite apt and the hand drawn animation a marvel. For the older kids and all us Peter Pans.
One of the most gorgeous animated films, of both recent and all time, that chronicles the mythology of one of the most gorgeous illuminated manuscripts of all time. The vibrant colours, the beautiful accents, the incredibly inventive sequences - it all adds up to a wonderful piece of fantasy. The second visit is just as enchanting as the first.
i finally saw this and it was WONDERFUL! i wish i would be able to see it on a big screen...it would be amazing. this is probably one of the best, most beautiful animated films i've ever seen in my entire life.
Good tale built on a convincing opposition of concepts (wall/book, forest/fortress, green/red). It instills a sense of wonder towards nature as great as that present in Miyazaki's films. Original and sometimes beautiful style that relies on the flatness of the image (my favorite example of this is the cold room/mind of Abbot Cellach).
Of course, the animation is beautifully drawn. It's nice to see hand-drawn animation in an industry saturated with CGI. But there's something wrong with all of these movies getting immense praise purely because they look great. The story is flimsy. Miyazaki has had this problem, too. Don't forget the story, you guys. It's the reason people watch films in the first place.