This is my long overdue response to your question about the Belleville Rendesvouz vs Tokyo Godfather comparison, sorry it took so long 'cause I was
initially stumped and not really sure how to answer, but you certainly brought up an interesting topic :).
I'm not sure about the animation, as BR relies more on exaggerated cartoony action and has scarcely any dialogue, whereas TG tends to be more "realistic"
live-action like. Perhaps you mean the visual style? as they certainly have the same sprawling, heavily detailed urban setting with many of the same dark
Much of the similarities lies in the undercurrents, very subtle, but palpable, if I have to put it in one word, I guess both movies shared the same
"heart" or "warmth". The way the characters relate to each other in both movies,the sense of being "of one family", of human struggle and kinship in
life in the cold, uncaring metropolis. Both movies seem to run along these themes.
As for the humor, both