Like a Yasujuro Ozu film fashioned out of clay, KIPLING JR. relates a young pup’s coming of age with gentle regard for a child’s intimate experience of time and space. Kip Kipling lives with his parents in a little house near a railway line. Outside his window, a wily circus band toots out melodies. Animator Koji Yamamura skillfully focuses on details (a squeaky front door, clouds of breath on a cold day) to put us in touch with Kip’s fine-grained awareness. The elliptical nature of the narration uncovers the poignancy of ordinary events. A weekend trip to the city, for instance, unfolds with the particularity of memory.