My Neighbor Totoro
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Top Customer Reviews
I am an idiot. I could not have been more wrong.
To summarize it--well, look around. The reviews are full of that: Father and two daughters of the Kutsakabe family move to countryside in Japan (circa 1950's) while their mother is recovering in a hospital (from some unspecified ailment, maybe TB?) and the girls discover they are neighbors to magical "trolls"--totoros--three of them, small and medium and very large! They learn the wonders of their new environs with the Totoros and they get a happy ending regarding their family situation, but in a way that will make you both smile and get moist in the eyes.
Nothing complex. It's what the writer/director/artists do with this simple premise that adds up to soooooooooo much more.
This film taps into the warmest, most human, most loving, gentlest, dreamiest bits of my young self that still hides inside my middle-aged self. It reminded me of what it was like to
~have a dad I adored and who cared selflessly for me
~ be young and see enchantments in the world
~explore and be carefree physically
~have fun with the simplest, new things, like a fresh bit of produce from a a plant in a pot or from someone's garden--which seemed like magic to me when I was young), or from a bath or from climbing a tree
~be young and lost and afraid without family nearby
~worry a beloved parent might die (as I feared when I was very, very young, like Mei, and my Papi was hospitalized.Read more ›
And don't be put off because it is "japanese animation." This is not your father's japanese animation. The images of the tranquil countryside are sumptuous. Miazaki's attention to the little details of life, like a leaf floating in a stream or raindrops tapping an umbrella, evoke the simpler, purer times of childhood. The children's discovery of the totoro spirits in the old camphor tree recalls a time in every child's life when magic seems possible in the mundane world. As with other Miyazaki films, there is a thrilling flying sequence. However, this film is more appropriate for younger viewers than most of his other works, some of which are decidedly adult in nature despite the fact that they are animated.
As the mother of a toddler, I really appreciate the refusal to rely on cliche villians to keep the plot moving.Read more ›
How does this film compare with Miyazaki's finest films? This is a hard question, because he has a large number clustered at the top, all of them excellent. I would be hard pressed to say this was better or worse than any of a number of others. However, each film is distinguished from the others by the mood and tone of the film. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO may be the gentlest and most peaceful of all his films. True, the girls have moved to the countryside with their father because their mother is in a nearby hospital recovering from a rather vague illness, and the forest is haunted, but the illness is never perceived as especially worrisome (except near the end, when a slight cold prevents her making a brief visit home, provoking a crisis with her daughters), and the spirits in the forest are remarkably benign and benevolent. There is nothing like the ecological apocalypse in THE PRINCESS MONONOKE and NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, or the parents who have been transformed into swine or threatening spirits of SPIRITED AWAY, or the armed conflict in CASTLE IN THE SKY.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely adore Totoro. This movie is adorable and even caught the attention of my best friend's two year old who sat in my lap the whole time glued to the screen.Published 1 day ago by Angenette
I purchased this movie being a huge fan of Miyazaki's films like Spirited Away and Kiki's delivery service. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ryan D.
Only 4 stars because the VHS version is still superior to this updated BluRay/DVD version.Published 7 days ago by Kelly
Such a sweet movie. I have a hard time getting my little brother to sit and watch a full movie with me and this one really caught his attention from beginning to end!Published 9 days ago by alyramliz
An absolute gem! Nicely paced. Sparkling. Intriguing. Lots of laughs. Captures the enchantment of a child's imagination. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Cherryl Walker
BOTTOM LINE: One of the all-time greatest family films ever made. Period. It's easy-going storytelling is so engrossing and captivating that you're left wanting it to go on much... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Hose Knows (aka Jinzo Ningen)
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