The diminutive, despotic ruler of the kingdom of Takicardia is unloved in his nation. Unbeknownst to him, at night while he sleeps the portraits hanging in his palace come to life and a magical netherworld unfolds.
Its dreamlike mood and magical spirit runs through Studio Ghibli but its deliberately squiffy structure makes it less likely to chime with younger viewers.
Reviewed by Angie Errigo
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