Movie – From Up on Poppy Hill: A-

from up on poppy hillA-
Goro Miyazaki needed this. Tales from Earthsea was such an amazing disappointment, but From Up On Poppy Hill is decent enough to qualify as redemption. The story was a fairly simple melodrama, told in a simple fashion, and simply enjoyed. And, of course, Studio Ghibli’s backgrounds are so gorgeous they belong in art museums. The deluge of characters threatened to drown me, but the main few kept my head above water.

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Movie – Monsters University: B+

monsters universityB+
I’m not sure why they thought a parody of college life would make for a good PG film, and most of its problems stem from that. The animation is still top notch, most notably when in the “human world,” and the busy scenes full of monsters were beautiful. The new characters were a motley pile of “OK” with the exception of Dean Hardscrabble, whose design was sheer awesomeness. Naturally, the talented voice cast did a great job. Unfortunately, Pixar is just no longer a standard, and Monsters University is just another unnecessary sequel. Futurama’s “Mars University” episode remains the best animated college story.