Excerpt: "Critically acclaimed as one of the most delightful and charming family films ever, My Neighbor Totoro is a stunning animated treat full of magical adventure from Hayao Miyazaki. Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight, they discover that their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit called Totoro, who can be seen only through the eyes of a child.
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. While all of the various forest dwellers are unique and interesting, the girls find a connection with Totoro, a powerful forest spirit.
Conclusion: Hayao Miyazaki broke away from the grand, fantastical worlds of his previous creations for My Neighbor Totoro , instead going for something straightforward, minimal in mythology, and focused on the intimacy of the Japanese countryside while depicting a family in a transition period.
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. With amazing video and strong audio, picking up this high-def copy of 'Totoro' should be an easy decision. Highly recommended.
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. And while its shortcomings have become more and more apparent as the years have passed, it continues to speak to me as much now as it ever has. More so now that I have a child of my own.