Visited Ghibli museum yesterday and was privileged to be able to watch Miyazaki Hayao’s latest short film Pan-dane to Tamago-hime (literally Mr. Dough & the Egg Princess), which is a 12-minute feature with little to next to no dialogue. Here’s the synopsis cribbed from the official site:
In a lonesome water mill deep in a forest of briers and brambles lives a witch named Baba Yaga. There the witch keeps her servant the Egg Princess confined and forces the tiny egg-girl to do all the hard daily chores around the mill. One night, a large batch of kneaded dough resting in a trough suddenly comes to life from the witch’s spell. Fearful of the witch, the Egg Princess and her new friend decide to run away. What will lay ahead for the two of them…?
Typical of Ghibli films, it was heartwarming with some rather squeamish moments (like seriously, can anyone really eat that many eggs without puking…) with a nice little happy ending. Though a kid in the theatre sat in the row behind me declared after the movie, お父さん、分かんない！ (Dad, I don’t understand!).