My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto

Cool, another Miyazaki movie down. Now all I still have to watch are Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso, and I’ve got the whole set! The… set of Japanese kids movies. They’re really good, okay? You’re a jerk.

Two little girls and their dad move in to a supposedly “haunted” house in the middle of the woods, which appears to be inhabited by little soot spirits. Not only that, but in the deep woods, they discover a giant fuzzy monster thing they call Totoro, whom their father tells them is the king of the forest. The girls’ mother is sick and far away from them, and when they get an upsetting letter about her condition, the younger girl runs off to try and give her some corn, to make her feel better. The older sister manages to find her, they talk about their feelings, then they go home and everything’s fine.

There isn’t a whole lot of story to this movie, instead it’s all just atmosphere and these really realistic little kids. Even I, who have chronic fears of little girls wishing me into cornfields, felt nothing but wave after wave of intense cuteness coming off of this film. It’s so goddamn cute, it’s like you’re being pummeled with adorability, slamming into your FACE over and over again until you’re bleeding rainbows and flowers. So yeah, it’s actually a very nice movie for the wee tykes, and it’s happy and fun enough that parents won’t want to murder themselves while watching it with them. Otherwise, pretty much all you can get out of it is the beautiful art and striking characters. Oh darn.

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