My Neighbor Totoro
Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.
I honestly don't know what just happened..
This film is about me, you, my childhood, my children, your children, your future children, my unborn child, your childhood, magic, love, family, innocence, nature, compassion and everything in between. It's about none of these things and it's about all of them.
But mostly it's about me.
And I'm having a really hard time describing how deep a chord this film struck. So I'll turn to my other passion, music, and let smarter people evoke the feeling it gave me (song is here).
Is this the best animated movie ever made? I don't know.
Is it the best animated movie I've ever seen? Without a shadow of a doubt.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It is with good reason that Hayao Miyazaki is considered one of the greatest ever animation directors. His body of work is unrivaled and has enchanted audiences, young and old, for four decades. My Neighbour Totoro is not only his most famous film but also his most personal and greatest achievement as a director.
The film doesn’t feature a grand sweeping story or a plot with great peril, instead the movie is more a reflection of tiny events that envelop the audience in the wonderful world of a child's imagination and the world of the Totoro. If you were to break the film down into each of its major moments the movie would appear to be very shallow and dare…
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WARNING: Slight spoilers toward the end.
This was a hard film for me to get around to reviewing for personal reasons. I think most of you who have seen Totoro can understand.
When I was very young, maybe a year or two older than Mei, I had a loving grandmother who was like a savior. My sister and I lived with my mom and in order to support us all, she had to work all day every day. My grandmother would always pick us up after school and our time with her was the time I'd always look forward to each day. When we were with her, it was like we had been taken to a…
I think the thing I enjoy most about Miyazaki's films (as well as the others from Studio Ghibli) is how calm they are. No matter what conflict ensues in the films, whether extreme or not, there is always a sense of serenity and wonder that is never destroyed. In fact, his films always seem to want to take their time, and magically they are never boring, and thus they can not waste your time.
My Neighbor Totoro isn't very full of conflict, but it'd be remiss to say it doesn't exist. Instead, the film opts to show two girls running away into their world of [possible] fantasy in order to avoid the hard truths of their mother's illness.
Attempting to review My Neighbor Totoro is hard thing to do. It is a film that rather than requiring a brain it requires heart and the ability to be swept away by raw emotions painted on screen by a master of his craft at his very prime. As already mentioned by countless other people My Neighbor Totoro is simplistic and not much happens plot-wise. This is also the reason it is so emotionally rejuvenating, so incredibly important in the history of film. There is nothing else like this out there. Nothing.
At its most basic level it is about two little girls, around the ages of 5 and 9 respectively, who throughout the movie live alone with their dad in…
Turns out this is as great as everyone has always said, and I'm a dunce for not having seen it before today. At least I can cross it off the list.
Delightful and beautifully animated. Not as powerful for me as many of Miyazaki's other works. I'm actually unsure why this film in particular holds such high esteem amongst his body of works. That being said even his worst is a masterpiece. Good stuff.
prayers for a bountiful harvest
Sensitive and beautifully crafted hand-drawn animation, that deals delicately with the regular genre theme of fantasy providing solace against despair. Two girls retreat into a realm of their own imagination, within a gorgeously detailed 1950s rural setting, encountering arresting images and lush creatures along the way. It's a simple and brief feature, but it emanates heart with little strain and delves into the cultural make-up of a Japan on the eve of industrial recovery.
it's a classic
a cutie pie movie
I tried, I tried really hard to like this. I love the animations, the art style, and Totoro is a cool looking guy, but even the second time around, I can't help but be bored pretty much the entire time. Maybe this would have been more enjoyable watching it as a kid, but as a young adult, I failed to be charmed by this the way other kids movies like Toy Story or Ponyo or Wreck-It Ralph have charmed me.
Tiene mi edad esta película. Pero la considero atemporal. Es hermosa, y aún me conmueve aún cuando estoy en una edad dónde me agobian cosas insignificantes y debería estar más preocupado por lo que pasará con mi futuro. Me encanta poder escapar con Ghibli.