Well, I don’t even know how to start talking about this movie. I mean, hopefully you’ve seen it. On this viewing I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen for the first time. And it just holds up exactly as well as you’d hope. Over twenty years after its release, it still looks groundbreaking; the visuals are breathtaking, striking and gorgeous in a way that is still unique among animated films. The character design, the world building, the great voice acting, the phenomenal music . . . I mean, this film just holds up as a downright, no question about it classic. It all adds up to a genuinely evocative story. Jack and Sally immediately had a hold on popular imagination and, to a surprising degree, still do and, great as their character designs are in a purely technical way, I think it is the genuine emotional journey of the characters that has ensured that they remain icons. The film really is incredibly iconic in the most literal sense; just about every shot could be hung in a museum. Just . . . wow. Yeah, twenty years after its release, that’s about the best thing I could say about this movie: I just sat there in the audience and said, over and over, “Wow.” Highly recommended. 4 stars.
tl;dr – iconic film holds up perfectly; visually stunning, musically brilliant and sharply written, it’s that rare film where you marvel at the visuals and care about the characters at the same time. 4 stars.