My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro ★★★½

A fierce wind whips across a deliciously detailed countryside, ruffling the fur of a cacophony of smiling, skittering creatures, and aggravating the architecturally incredible home of Satsuki and Mei; two young girls (faced with an ill, hospitalized mother) hellbent on making the most of their new surroundings. 

My Neighbor Totoro is a lovely little distraction; A jaunt which guides the viewer serenely through the fields and forests of rural Japan, as if through the wonder-filled eyes of these two youthful main characters.

This film is a visual feast. A true appetizer for the eyes as it leaves the viewer yearning for more and more Ghibli Animation. It is little surprise Miyazaki has garnered such a magical reputation. His films awaken the spirit!

While unlikely to be called my favorite Ghibli film, Totoro and its wonderfully positive messaging is welcome on my screen anytime.

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