Excerpt: After their mother was hospitalized, two young girls were moved to a rural home with their father. Satsuki is older, but loves to have fun just as much as her little sister Mei. The girls soon discover their new home borders a magical forest, which is chock full of mystical creatures.
Conclusion: This film understands the simplicities and complexities of childhood. It believes in the power of imagination, the strength of familial ties, and the bond of sisterhood. It's a cute, honest look at two girls dealing with real-life anxieties and how they're able to overcome them together.
Conclusion: My Neighbor Totoro isn't Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli's best, but I'd argue it's easily one of their most enduring. Of all the wondrous Ghibli productions I've absorbed over the decades, Totoro is the one that's most endeared itself to me.