Brian’s review published on Letterboxd:
Childhood wonder depicted through animation - when you’re a kid, you’re always going on adventures and making up stories, and this movie depicts how that happens perfectly. I really appreciated that none of the adults ever interact with Totoro or his band, because that makes this feel more real to me. At a certain point, we stop believing in Santa, but we will always wish we could have that belief back, and through watching Totoro I got to experience that belief once more.
The music is so catchy and lovely! The trauma present here is so understated that it feels like it could appeal to any age group and yet an older child or adult will see the significance of the trauma entirely.
I just loved every minute of this because it felt like I was returning to a time I thought I lost. I want to go back to being a kid and dreaming up stories, but since I can’t, at least I have Totoro. And the dulcet tones of Tim Daly.