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Parents who yearn for wholesome entertainment for their tweens, about contributing to their community, helping out at home, and ok, a smattering of puppy love, too, will be thrilled to screen the animated Japanese film “From Up On Poppy Hill” for their family’s next movie night.

Just released on DVD and Blu-Ray, this 2011 movie is set in the quaint seaside town of Yokohama in 1963. It centers on Shun (Anton Yelchin) and Umi (Sarah Bolger). The friends join to lead their fellow students on a crusade to save their school’s quirky Latin Quarter, a beloved, ramshackle clubhouse.

Your tween may get drawn in by the movie’s romance and stunning artistry, and will learn about a fascinating time in Japan’s history.

“From Up On Poppy Hill” Blu-ray + DVD, $34.95, DVD, $29.94, www.amazon.com.

Updated 4:45 pm, July 9, 2018
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