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The animation masters at Studio Ghibli are well-versed in the realms of fantasy, routinely offering odd creatures and faraway lands to adventurous viewers (recent efforts include “Ponyo” and “The Secret World of Arrietty”). “From Up on Poppy Hill” returns the filmmaking collective to reality, avoiding the fantastical and the bizarre to focus on a tender story of human connection, feeling out a delicate mood of thinly veiled emotions while expectedly gorgeous animation supports the characterizations. “From Up on Poppy Hill” might initially come off as inconsequential, yet it actually isolates what Studio Ghibli does best: constructing an evocative landscape of vivid personalities scrambling around a compelling conflict dusted with idiosyncrasy and visual poetry. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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