My Neighbors the Yamadas

1999 PG 1h 44m DVD

My Neighbors the Yamadas

1999 PG 1h 44m DVD
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This animated film follows the adventures of the quirky Yamada family, drawn to resemble the watercolor look of the popular "Nono-chan" comic strips. Jim Belushi and Molly Shannon voice the father-and-mother team Takashi and Matsuko.
Yukiji Asaoka, Toru Masuoka, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Akiko Yano, Chocho Miyako, Tamao Nakamura, Yasuko Tomita, Jim Belushi, Liliana Mumy, Dixie Carter, David Ogden Stiers, Molly Shannon, Daryl Sabara, Tress MacNeille
Isao Takahata
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: DTS 5.1 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that unlike other Studio Ghibli productions, which are in the Japanese anime style, this one is all minimalist, cartoon-strip animation. The movie follows a multi-generational family of five in several short episodes focused on a specific theme or particular family member. Some kids may be disturbed when Nonoko is accidentally left behind at a mall and when bikers briefly threaten the family, leading to a motorcycle chase. The language occasionally includes quick insults like "stupid" or "shut up," and the father is shown smoking cigarettes in a couple of stories. Although there's no romance, there are references to Noboru's first crush and a gossipy conversation between the grandmother and her friend about a possible affair.

Sexual Content

In one segment, Noboru shares an umbrella with a girl and is then teased about it; when she calls him at home, he blushes and his mother and grandmother are convinced he's "in love." The grandmother's friend thinks two people in the hospital are "fooling around" and having an affair. They are shown cuddling and smooching. Mr. and Mrs. Yamada usually bicker, but they embrace every now and then.


Some children may find the segment when Nonoko is left behind at the mall frightening, although she's calm about the situation. In another sequence, the family has a run in with bikers who drag off Mrs. Yamada and her elderly grandmother, until they're rescued by a heroic biker.


Insults include "stupid," "jerk," and "shut up."

Social Behavior

The movie is all about how a family can survive the many daily challenges they face, no matter how annoyed and exasperated they get with each other. It also provides an example of a multi-generational family.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mr. Yamada is shown smoking a cigarette in a few of the vignettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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