My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)

myDirector: Isao Takahata

Writer: Isao Takahata (Screenplay) Hisaichi Ishii (Comic)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Hayato Isohata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Tore Masuoka, Yukiji Asaoka


Plot: The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Fun Family Comedy


Story: My Neighbours the Yamadas starts as we meet the Yamada’s Noboru, Nonoko, Takasi, Matsuko a family in Japan we learn how they must get through each different life moment be it positive or negative but whatever happens you will have each other to help you get you through.


Thoughts on My Neighbours the Yamadas


StoryWhen it comes to the stories going on here we have plenty that can be everyday life for a family each one feels like it could and would have be a Simpsons episode. While these stories are all nice short snippets you just won’t get drawn into this like you could with of Ghibli other pieces of work.

Comedy/FamilyThe comedy comes from each odd story going on as most feel like a series of unfortunate events. The family side of the film comes from the idea that we could all relate to moments in this film.

CharactersWhen it comes to the characters in this film you get what you could call a traditional family with their strengths and weakness that get supported by the rest of the family. The characters all work for this film without being anything special.

SettingsThe settings are mostly where you would see a family go to with their wild adventures.

AnimationThe animation is designed to have its very own unique look which does work for the extra comedy.

Final ThoughtsThis is a sweet little family comedy that is filled with little moments for the whole family to enjoy.


Overall: Enjoyable for everyone watching.




The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 3 Homer’s Odyssey

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Season 1

Episode 3 Homer’s Odyssey

Coach Gag – In the 2nd ever couch gag we get have the couch collapse when they all sit together on it, not the best but they are building up the idea.

Plot SynopsisWhile Bart’s class is touring the power plant on a field trip, Homer crashes a cart into a radioactive pipe. In the aftermath, the plant is forced to shut down and Homer loses his job.

What is going on reallyBart’s class is going on a field trip and we meet partier Otto the bus driver who for the second out of three episodes suggests Bart wants a tattoo. The trip is to the nuclear power plant where the class learn all about nuclear energy.

Trying to impress Bart Homer goes on a cruise around the plant crashing his vehicle and getting himself fired. In this episode, we get the first prank phone call to Moe by Bart with the I P Freely being called out at the Tavern.

With Marge returning to work Homer struggles to leave the house or to find money for beer resorting to the ultimate sin of stealing from Bart before leaving him family in what is a planned suicide attempt. Saving his family from a near death experience Homer sets out on trying to improve the safety in Springfield by pushing the town into putting signs up all over town.

His final mission is to take on his former boss as the Nuclear Power Plant about how unsafe it is having it in the town before Mr Burns giving him a job opportunity as the new safety inspector going against everything he has been fighting for.

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Final ThoughtsThis episode does lack the heart the first couple did because we all know Homer isn’t going to become truly unemployed by the end of the episode. It does go into suicidal talk but never really deals with the situation. I feel this episode shows how the show can wrap up a story easily by trying to build the characters within the Simpson household.

Rating 3/5