From Japan's legendary Studio Ghibli (My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke) comes this gorgeous, hand-drawn fairy tale. Adapted from 10th-century folklore, this timeless fantasy tells of a tiny girl found growing in a stalk of bamboo. Raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, the magical girl grows quickly to adulthood, experiencing both love and tragedy. Master animator Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday) writes and directs with much less surreal flair than his longtime partner Hayao Miyazaki (of Totoro fame). But the emotionally resonant story and the graceful, watercolor-style animation make this one of the best animated films of the year.137 minutes PG.