Penguin Highway Reviews

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November 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.
September 27, 2019
This is a very promising, engaging film... Strange and charming.
August 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.
July 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...
April 29, 2019
Comes off as if a lascivious purveyor of adult-oriented anime got their hands on a Miyazaki project.
April 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.
April 17, 2019
Penguin Highway is a sweet and charming movie that revisits it's like to be young and curious again.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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
April 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...
April 12, 2019
A coming-of-age story outfitted with an engaging anthropomorphic overlay that can make you forget you're watching an intimately filmed documentary instead of an animated adventure.
April 11, 2019
Magic, mystery, some mature content in lovely anime.
April 11, 2019
An unforgettable summer adventure. [Full review in Spanish]
April 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.
March 9, 2019
A wonderful film that uses unexplainable phenomena as a backdrop for childhood innocence and discovery.
March 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.
November 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.
November 9, 2018
For viewers of Aoyama's age this could be a film that lingers in the mind for years to come, like the half-memory of a strange but pleasant dream.
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