I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The drawings are beautiful and a perfect fit for the story. The animation isn't necessarily very fluid but it does have great moments. I'm not sure how accurately it follows the original story and I do have my problems with it: the first third is good but the middle isn't quite as interesting. Thankfully the film ends on a high note.
One of the most beautiful things I've seen in a while. This princess guides us from laughter to tears. Each scene is a mesmerizing drawing that dwells in our imagination. I suppose I cannot give it the 5 stars it deserves due to the weight it leaves us with.
Pure two and half hour of joy to watch of Kon Ishikawa`s "Princess from the Moon" (Taketori Monogatari) by the veteran Isao Takhata shatters the myth of impossibility of remakes; every frame of The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) is a true masterpiece and that damn final scene when princess is summoned to the moon to that cloudy ship makes you weep like a 5 years old. Missed Toshiro Mifune?
The frayed white edges of the frames where the animators let the characters move in and out of their sketches as though their fantastical existences cannot be contained or explained by the pretty things on screen are great. Kaguya, like a lot of great Ghibli, is filled with things that I saw and felt, "Why don't they do this in every animated movie?"