Review of “Gauche the Cellist” (1982)

Moving picture, 60 minutes

Takahata Isao (director).

A young cellist is found lacking by his conductor, and practises exhaustively for an important performance. As he trains, various animals visit him, incidentally teaching him things.

A brief chronicle of artistic development, assisted by small animals. Based on a story by Miyazawa Kenji, who most famously wrote the basis for Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985). Took 6 years to make and does a great job of appearing simple.

References here: Ghibli movie titles.

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