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My Neighbors the Yamadas
My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん Hōhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) is an anime film directed by Isao Takahata and released by Studio Ghibli on July 17, 1999. The movie is a family comedy that is presented in a comic strip style which is unusual since all the other Studio Ghibli movies are presented in the traditional anime style of Studio Ghibli. Based on the yonkoma manga Nono-chan by Hisaichi Ishii, it was the first completely digital Studio Ghibli movie. Takahata wanted Yamada-kun to have the art style of watercolor pictures rather than cel pictures. To achieve that, the traditional paint-on-cel techniques were replaced with digital technology, making Yamada-kun the first Ghibli movie to have animation drawings painted entirely on computers. Despite decent reviews, the movie did not fare as well at the box office in Japan as other Studio Ghibli movies. It was released on DVD in America in August 2005, alongside another Takahata film, Pom Poko. Produced by Toshio Suzuki.
The story featured the lives of a Japanese family and their crazy life happenings.
My Neighbors the Yamadas received an Excellence Award for animation at the 1999 Japan Media Arts Festival.
It was re-dubbed into English at Walt Disney Studios under the direction of Rick Dempsey and the script written by Leo Chu and Eric Garcia.
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