My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro ★★★★

100 MOVIES IN ONE SUMMER 2020: MOVIE #11

It’s rare that I see a movie that can perfectly capture what it’s like to be a kid living a life of endless wonder, and My Neighbor Totoro managed to do exactly that. There’s this sense of playfulness, innocence, and discovery that we’ve felt as kids. That sense is what fuels My Neighbor Totoro, and it makes the experience feel enchanting, heartwarming, and sweet. Like the previous Miyazaki movie I saw, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro features some incredibly creative creature designs, but unlike Princess Mononoke, pretty much all of the designs here are nonthreatening and cute, especially Totoro. I do wish that there was more of a plot to this movie, but My Neighbor Totoro is a generally great movie that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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