A “quest” anime propelled via a series of coincidences, Tokyo Godfathers has charm to spare and some beautifully drawn “sets” and cityscapes (the actual movement of characters is not one of the film’s strengths). I found some of the voice work a little grating at times but the story is lovely. The music score sounds like something from a NES game.
Beautiful animation and a lovely story, with more than just a sprinkling of magic over it all, makes this one well worth your time. Three homeless figures find a baby, which is the beginning of a journey that helps them to eventually reveal some hidden truths and perhaps even start to change some of their attitudes. Written and co-directed by Satoshi Kon, this reworking of Three Godfathers is superior animated fare.
Fast, furious and fun! Superb animation with well drawn characters (ho ho) and a racing plot that sprawls, strides and minces the mean streets of Tokyo. At the heart of the twisty turny narrative is tenderness and a wry humanity offering even the incorrigible bums of life a ticket to salvation. Thoroughly enjoyable wide-eyed romp.
Ultra-dramatic and over-sentimental underground tale of loss and love on the fringes of society. It is also an allegory of the first coming of Jesus, a baby born to bring Light to us humans on a cold and white Christmas night. Sweet and humble intentions. No high expectations. Serviceable.
What a delightful tale of coincidence and consequence! Three very clever characters and very natural story progression made this very easy to watch. Quite traditional animations for a Japanese anime - do look out for the dancing Eiffel Tower at the end. Also, I couldn't decide if the "left/"right" directions were intentional - they didn't ever seem correct! Well worth a watch before Christmas!
It had the very promising and interesting line-up of main characters, yet their potential and brilliance somehow got lost in the never-ending running around. On the other hand, the baby was really nice and landing from the skyscraper alone was worth five stars for me.
Unmistakingly good, both in the simple but effective animation and in the story in the first half. Regrettably becomes too hectic for its own good in the second half. When the unlikely becomes expected, there is not much to be surprised by. 4 stars because it is still very good and a must watch but would probably deserve 3 if this was a more general review on the piece.