Entotsu Machi no Poupelle
While aimed as a children's film, Poupelle of Chimney Town offers some surprisingly mature themes it dabbles into with air pollution, government corruption, and currency manipulation as it focuses on our young male lead Lubicchi and a garbage man he names Poupelle bonding, as well as the former attempting to prove to the people of his town that there is a world existing outside of it. Being aimed for children, there are elements of the film's themes that are subtle and not so subtly addressed throughout its run, including points where the film are broken up into song where the lyrics are rather blatant with expressing the internal conflict of Lubicchi's character. While the film is a bit sluggish in its pacing for much of its first half, it does start picking up steam going into its second half when more about the reasons surrounding the town's air pollution are revealed, what happened to Lubicchi's father, and our young hero working up the resolve to prove the townsfolk wrong. The storytelling for the film has its familiar beats that older viewers may pick up on due to children being its primary demographic, leading mileage to likely vary for older audience reception to this. The CG animation employed has its great moments in the rendering of the environment within Chimney Town and the design of Poupelle's unnatural look and movement as a garbage man, but does have its rough moments with rendering and animating human characters that is a typical flaw with employing the animation method. In short, Poupelle of Chimney Town is a rather solid, though predictable, children's film exploring its titular lead and Lubicchi attempting to work up the resolve to defy Chimney Town's populace to prove there is a larger world awaiting them.
Last updated Sunday, August 28 2022. Created Sunday, August 28 2022.