Yonebayashi's first feature (made for studio Ghibli) is a wonderful adaptation of 'The Borrowers' reset in Japan. The characters are wonderfully realized, the scripting exemplary and the Japanese voice casting apt. Yonebayashi was the youngest director to have made a feature for the now legendary studio and lived up to its hallowed reputation.
What an enchanting little story about family, trust, and friendship. Hayao Miyazaki lent his magic working on this film's screenplay. His world is the most beautiful and thrilling place to be in. You wanna stay there forever. Superb storytelling as always. I am smitten by its story and craved for more, quite unforgettable!
As one might expect from a Ghibli film, the style and animation is beautiful. Some of the soundtrack is too, however the Japanese pop songs are more humorous than they are good. The concept of the little people is quite nice, and the story with the sick boy and especially the doll house is really inventive. At the same time, the film is a bit generic Ghibli. In the end though, I can say I've had a fun adventure.