Urusei Yatsura the series & movies
I've recently watched Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer and it's one of the most surreal and wonderfully bizarre movie I've seen. I think the best part about the movie, which separates Beautiful Dreamer from his rather pretentious GITS movies (well...in my opinion...so let's not go into whether GITS is really pretentious or what exactly is pretentious) as an introspective work is his exploration of a simple idea through a mesmerizing and surreal experience, rather than failing to delve into many complex ideas at the same time. There was a scene where a distorted reflection on the puddle were juxtaposed by the same reflections, which became closer duplication of the reality as our perspective change continuously. Even such simple and mundane things, but for some strange reason beautiful and almost ethereal, drove home the question this movie threw in; am I a human who just dreamed of being a butterfly or a butterfly now dreaming of being a human? I think a lot of people would recognise this classic question asked by Lao Tzu. There are numerous other dream like, or bizarre sequences that is so unconventional, exploring that question through visual experience, but the marvelous thing is how it never preaches such an idea like GITS movies. It instead maintains the tone very light, and stressing more on the intriguing and ethereal aspects of such a journey to make it enthralling experience for the viewers.
Anyway, my request from the general populace who has seen the series (and possibly the beautiful dreamer too) is this: Is the series surreal, introspective and bizarre like the movie, or it's just the movie?
I know Oshii (known for awesome weirdness) directed the movie, and I have no idea who directed the series. And even if someone other than Oshii directed it, I'm not sure if such a surreal experience was more due to Oshii's creativity, or borrowed and inspired more from the original work. I know the movie had some silly slapstick comedy, which was nice in a way, but not really my cup of tea and I'm not prepared to go through awesome length of this series full of it.
So simply, how close is the series to the beautiful dreamer?