In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.
Mediocre and highly overrated by a few people on IMDb
Beware! Although not a bad movie, this movie is definitely not deserving of being placed ahead of such breakthrough features as Toy Story and Nightmare Before Christmas.
Why is this movie so-so? First, the animation, though decent is not first class like the old Disney and Miyazaki features. Second, the story, again, though decent, does not engage us enough to care about the protagonists, a young couple (compared to, say, how much we care about Shrek and Fiona). Third, most of the conflicts and enemies are standard Saturday morning cartoon constructions....just not fresh at all (compared to, for example, the monsters in Spirited Away).
So, in conclusion, although this movie MIGHT have been in the top 100 animated features in the 1950's, it certainly does not merit being considered among the best of all time. Somehow, IMDb needs to figure out a way to prevent a few people from ginning up the ratings in a way that places a weak sister ahead of the opinion of tens of thousands.
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