We are all overly familiar with the canon of films we’re supposed to watch during the festive season. Die Hard. Home Alone. It’s A Wonderful Life. We’ve all done it. With Tokyo Godfathers you get a film that hits all the right notes – primarily that it is a genuinely great time – of the wholesome, feel-good movie watching we tend to love at this time of year.
It’s Christmas Eve and a mismatched trio of homeless people take it upon themselves to return an abandoned infant to its parents, with various bumps and dramatic turns along the way. Satoshi Kon is renowned for high-concept sci-fi thrillers but this is much more grounded fare, with just the right amount of strange. It’s hilarious, beautifully animated, and perfect festive viewing.