Reviews

Nov 3, 2020
This is mostly a wonderful animated film with a lovely sense of charm; no, I didn't like its obsession with boobs either.
Jun 27, 2020
Penguin Highway largely delivers on its promise of cuteness and mystery, and adds wonder and heart for good measure.
Nov 30, 2019
Hiroyasu Ishida directs an anime in the style mostly established by the aforementioned in the prologue, mixing fantasy with reality, through a story mostly involving children but actually carrying messages that are addressed to adults.
Sep 27, 2019
This is a very promising, engaging film... Strange and charming.
Aug 7, 2019
The use of CG to augment the hand-drawn animation continues to push the boundaries of how to integrate the new technology into traditional Japanese animation.
Jul 10, 2019
I enjoyed it more than Spirited Away, because it's more straight-forward. This one is weird, but it's also grounded to human emotions.
May 29, 2019
Making his feature debut, 30-year-old director Hiroyasu Ishida confidently adapts Tomihiko Morimi's bestselling coming-of-age novel, gracefully segueing...
Apr 29, 2019
Comes off as if a lascivious purveyor of adult-oriented anime got their hands on a Miyazaki project.
Apr 25, 2019
The joy of discovery is at the heart of "Penguin Highway," a delightful new anime that is about the mysteries of life, both scientific and personal. Oh, and it's about penguins, too.
Apr 17, 2019
Penguin Highway is a sweet and charming movie that revisits it's like to be young and curious again.
Apr 15, 2019
Those who love the art of animation and want to seek out something new and different from the norm are advised to see Penguin Highway.
Apr 15, 2019
Enchanting, exuberant, and odd enough to stick to the sides of one's brain for days post-viewing, Penguin Highway is a must-watch for anime fans. And for people yearning for a heady hit of bliss to brighten their dark days. For everyone, really.
Apr 13, 2019
It is a weird movie and it's kind of an anime version of Stranger Things...but it's charming in its own way
Apr 12, 2019
An irresistibly out-there mystery that plays like a cross between "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Stranger Things," if either of those influences' sense of horror were replaced with wonder...
Apr 11, 2019
Magic, mystery, some mature content in lovely anime.
Apr 11, 2019
An unforgettable summer adventure. [Full review in Spanish]
Apr 4, 2019
Charming anime children's story that also celebrates science education...Follows the child scientist doing careful scientific observation... though writing is un-translated.
Mar 9, 2019
A wonderful film that uses unexplainable phenomena as a backdrop for childhood innocence and discovery.
Mar 2, 2019
Backed by a gorgeous score, Aoyama's quest for answers is only somewhat satisfied by the time the credits roll. And that is perfectly fine, Ishida seems to say.
Nov 16, 2018
This odd little story is based on a book and, for an animated film aimed at pre-teen kids, seems unusually convoluted and protracted. But, as always with Japanese anime, it's visually a delight.