Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart

DVD - 2006
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A schoolgirl named Shizuku, who longs to discover her true talents, meets the mysterious Seiji, a boy who is determined to follow his dreams, and The Baron, a magical cat who helps her listen to the whispers in her heart.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780788834042
Branch Call Number: DVD J WHISPER
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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One of the slowest paced films from the studio, Whisper of the Heart excels in how it portrays a relatively simple narrative through a lens of our complex humanity. Young teenager Shizuku is, simply, a young teenager. She doesn’t know what she wants for her future and feels inferior to those who ... Read More »

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Sep 10, 2018

Amazing film, and among the best Studio Ghibli have ever made.

It has that beautiful late-90s animation charm that a lot of the more recent animated film's don't have, and the Japanese voice acting was simply amazing - I particuarly enjoyed the Japanese translation of 'Country Roads' worked into the film. And the fact that many of the characters were bookworms helped me out a lot! But I think the thing that got me most was how relevant the film was to my situation, wanting to become a writer but being scared of failing.

It felt like such a natural story of struggles, of falling in love and trying to bring out the best inside yourself. Among many of Studio Ghibli's films, I feel at least, it felt the most 'real', and that is likely why I would place it among my favorites.

May 09, 2018

Wow, what a sweet, gently-paced film. It was relaxing to watch. The storyline includes romance, adventure, drama, and a little bit of magic. I also enjoyed the music--variations of John Denver's song "Country Roads."

Jan 24, 2018

Whisper of the Heart does not often get the praise it deserves. It's not commonly claimed as a 'favorite Ghibli movie', but personally, I love it. It has a very grounded setting, with a very realistic look at urban Japanese life, with a heartfelt message. The music's pretty good, if a bit limited.

Jul 02, 2017

An incredibly realistic depiction of young teenagers falling in love. There is some great stuff in here about teenagers having ambitions and ideas that they may be too young to pull off yet. The movie shows how the parents let the children discover their limits on their own.

All ages, however, it is very slow going, and is less likely to be appreciated by anyone under 9 or 10.

LoganLib_Aavishka Nov 24, 2015

Great movie. Nice, simple and sweet. I love Studio Ghibli movies! They're always so sweet and innocent, and I love the fantasy element in them. I loved the story of the Baron, and I fell in love with Seiji! A proper type of hero.

Nov 04, 2015

I totally enjoy all of the Hayao Miyasaki and Studio Ghibli films. The anime and story lines are great for any age and i loved watching them with my nieces as well.

Aug 14, 2015

The beginning was good, the ending was... incomplete. I didn't expect that sort of ending but overall, the movie was pretty good

PimaLib_AmyP May 09, 2015

Even though Hayao Miyazaki directed the film, this is not his original story. The man who wrote the story had died before animation began, so Miyazaki took over the film. It's an amazing story nonetheless, and a must watch for Ghibli lovers. A bit slow at times, and it's definitely more focused on the drama.

Nov 22, 2014

Such a cute movie! I love the Country road song! :)

Aug 26, 2014

This movie is touching and so detailed! I love the characters and how they ponder on subjects that all of us do and how we get a glimpse into the Japanese lifestyle. Hayao Miyazaki has made a master piece that every fan of his should watch.

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May 08, 2013

Other: Language and sexual issues; mild but still not the greatest. Shizuku, after being annoyed with Seiji (after she not formerly met him) repeatedly says, "Stupid Jerk!" as she walks home. A woman is shown in her bra.


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lokiboo262 Jul 13, 2012

"marry me!"


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