For today’s review, I bring you one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous movies: My Neighbor Totoro. Even if you don’t know the film, you’re probably familiar with Totoro as he is the studio’s mascot!
The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes) :
The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls’ mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life.
My Neighbor Totoro is probably one of the most adorable movies ever made. It rarely happens that I’d recommend a film to everybody, regardless of what they usually watch, but My Neighbor Totoro is so wonderful, really everybody should see it at least once.
If you aren’t fully enchanted after that, color me shocked.
In my previous two reviews, I already mentioned the amazing imagination that is combined in Studio Ghibli’s workers and this is another perfect example. The film draws inspiration from (what I take to be) Japanese folklore, which makes it even more fascinating for me.
I generally have a knack for all things myths and folklore so this is right down my alley. But even if you don’t usually go for that kind of thing, it’s not overtly focused on telling any old tales, but simply incorporates bits and pieces.
What I love about this film is that – at times – it’s just bat shit crazy. Maybe it’s just a cultural divide at work here, but there are moments that left me flabbergasted only to burst out in laughter a second later. I mean that in the best way possible! My Neighbor Totoro is full of surprises and adorable (and sometimes heartbreaking) twists and turns.
I don’t want to spend any more time telling you how great this movie is – from music to animation and characters – instead, just go and watch it. Please. You’ll love it, I promise!
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!