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Whisper of the Heart [Blu-ray + DVD]

Britney Snow , Coutney Thorne-Smith    G (General Audience)   Blu-ray
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Based on a manga by Aoi Hiiragi, the gentle coming-of-age story Whisper of the Heart (1995) was scripted and storyboarded by Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by the late Yoshifumi Kondo. Shizuku Tsukishima is an absent-minded, insecure junior high school student who reads book after book of fairy tales, helps her friends, and does most of her chores, but remains dissatisfied. When she encounters a wonderfully supercilious cat on the train, she follows him and meets Seiji Amasawa, a student in her class who hopes to become a violin maker. Seiji's commitment to his dream helps Shizuku find her voice, literally and figuratively: she realizes she wants to become a writer. A statue of a cat in the antique store of Seiji's kindly grandfather inspires her first story, "Whisper of the Heart."

Shizuku and Seiji exhibit believable strengths and flaws: their warm humanity contrasts markedly with the shabby superficiality of the characters in many American animated films. The lively performances of Brittany Snow and David Gallagher transcend the geographic limits of the story to make Shizuku and Seiji the kids the viewer wishes lived next door. Miyazaki's script suggests that a sense of magic can exist, even in everyday Tokyo. Whisper of the Heart was the only film Yoshifumi Kondo directed before his untimely death at age 47, but its understated charm stands as a monument to his talent. (Rated G, suitable for ages 10 and older: tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Behind The Microphone With Voice Talent From The Film Including Brittany Snow, Courtney Thorne-Smith, David Gallagher, and Cary Elwes

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie for young writers and musicians April 3 2008
"Whisper of the Heart" defies the anime stereotypes of giant robots and scantily clad (if at all) women. Instead, we are presented with a story about believable characters who are trying, like the rest of us, how to live a valid life. This movie should appeal to many, but if you have a young person in the house who is a musician or writer - or who wants to be one - give them the gift of watching this sweet, humane story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Heart Jan. 8 2010
I watched this film with my four children who are 8, 6, 6 & 4 years old. I have seen a few Studio Ghibli films and have been impressed with every one of them. The long reflective shots that allow you to take in the setting of the story, the depth of the characters, the imaginative story line kept all of us gripped and touched until the very end. No Hollywood shortcuts here. Shizuku, the main character, loves to read and her interest in literature takes her on an exciting adventure that helps her get in touch with what her dreams are for her life. Great values and likable characters for children to take in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and realistic coming of age tale July 1 2013
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Who is Whisper of the Heart aimed at? It's animated, so it must be for children? The lead characters are young teens and there's a strong romantic element, so is it aimed at teens? I'm a 51-year-old man who doesn't have any children, but I love every minute of this film.

If you are a fan of Studio Ghibli, you'll know that Hayao Miyazaki has directed most of the studio's work. Yoshifumi Kondo directed this time, but Miyazaki wrote the screenplay, and his influence can be felt rather than seen. Whisper of the Heart is set in the real world and only contains the tiniest of fantasy references. It's a coming-of-age tale that just about everyone can identify with. Even if you are not a child, a teen, or a parent, you will remember living through similar moments to those depicted in this story.

Shizuku is a 14-year-old girl who focuses most of her attention on school, reading, and studying. One day, she notices that almost every book she borrows from the library has previously been checked out by Seiji Amasawa. She becomes curious about him, and wonders how someone could have such similar tastes to her own. At school, she's a good student, and goes through the typical things that most young girls experience. She talks to her girlfriends about boys, but writing is her real passion. She impresses her friends by writing song lyrics.

Her life changes when she encounters a cat on the train, and she follows it after it gets off at her stop. It leads her to an antiques store, owned by an old man. The man turns out to be the grandfather of the mysterious Seiji, and the two finally meet.

Although Shizuki studies hard, she has little idea of what she wants to do with her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cute story Jan. 14 2014
By John
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The way everyday life is captured in the animation is amazing. The subtle jestures, expressions, the way light reflects off objects... Amazing. As an adult i found the story realistic but weak, but my adolescent nieces, for whom i purchased the dvd, loved it and is now their all time favourite. Captures perfectly that awkward age when they are too old to be kids and too young to be teenagers. Really well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle look at Japanese culture Feb. 25 2013
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This was a movie that I needed two viewings to learn to love it. I was expecting more fantasy but it was almost totally reality. If it had been live action it would be an instant classic but I am sure it was ignored because it is animation. I loved how the movie moved through the great changes the protagonists were going through in a gentle respectful but fun manner. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Japanese video. Dec 27 2012
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This is a very good product. It is a snapshot in time of good values and morals. It is good for all ages 10 and up.
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