Paprika, based on a serialized novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, isn't a movie that's meant to be understood so much as simply experienced--or maybe dreamed.
What are people saying?
What are critics saying?
Paprika ain't no kiddie 'toon, even if its thumpin' techno-pop and bubble-gum thrills have the same splashy palette as an episode of "Pokémon" or "Dragon Ball Z."
It happens to be one of the most wildly (and disturbingly) inventive animated films I've seen.
The brilliant Paprika, directed by Satoshi Kon--a masterly example of Japanese anime, intended for adults--is partly hand drawn, and features multiple areas of visual activity layered at different distances from the picture plane.
I can't claim to have followed the story line of Paprika any better than I did "Pirates of the Caribbean," but this mind-blowing, adult animated adventure from Japan is half the length and maybe five times as much fun.
It's a great place to visit, even if you wouldn't want to live there.
A gorgeous riot of future-shock ideas and brightly animated imagery, the doors of perception never close.
Fiercely provocative, Paprika shames Hollywood’s use of animation as a kiddie pacifier.
It is an intelligently written piece that only falters during the finale.