My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro ★★★★

A beautiful film about childhood that portraits the importance of family and the magic that surrounds that fleeting stage in life; Tonari no Totoro is the story of two sisters moving to a new house and discovering a fantastic world that surrounds them. I can see why this is regarded as a classic: it's a simple story, beautifully animated and with a lot of soul; one of my favourite things was the natural way in which both kids and adults embrace the supernatural elements around them, as if they knew that there are things that are not easily explained and you just have to believe. I can't help but think that this would have been an absolute favourite of mine have I seen it when I was little kid; I'm sure I would have dreamt with that idyllic countryside lifestyle and be friends with Totoro. This is the kind of film that brings comfort because it's warm and feels like a piece of everyday life.

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