Poppy HillWe want you to tell us which was 2013′s best animated film – and help decide the winner of the Animation category in this year’s Richard Attenborough Film Awards. You can cast your vote on the Movie Preview Network website but to help you make up your mind we’re posting brief reviews of the 10 nominated films over the next 10 days. Next up is From Up on Poppy Hill.

The latest offering from Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli departs from the surreal fantasy of such films as Spirited Away for this teen coming-of-age drama. Set in 1963 Yokohama, with Japan caught on the cusp between old and new, the film revolves around high-school students Umi and Shun, whose budding romance is threatened by a long-buried family secret. The richly detailed hand-drawn animation is charming while the film’s mood of gentle nostalgia proves surprisingly moving. From Up on Poppy Hill certainly struck a chord in Japan, becoming the top-grossing Japanese film of 2011 and winning the country’s top animation prize.

Here’s the shortlist, with our potted intros to jog your memory.

“Studio Ghibli departs from fantasy for charming coming-of-age tale“. Read the full review.

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