This superbly animated children’s tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mai, two young girls who find 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. Like most films released by Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, this family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme.
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to introduce the films to the rest of the world will let more people appreciate the high-quality works he has given the movie-going public.
Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tôkyô on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga studio, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible drawing ability and the seemingly endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.
In 1971, he moved to the A Pro studio with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animation in 1973, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years. In 1978, he directed… read more
As always, Miyazaki creates this unique world that combines both superb animation and artistic value with great plot and likable characters, atmosphere, and overall a lot of imagination. Yes, I know its pretty much oriented towards children but I genuinely felt captivated by its atmosphere full of innocence and cute moments. One of the few movies that reminds me the importance of never letting go my inner child.
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I have been moved by many works of art over the course of my life, but nothing has touched me more deeply than My Neighbor Totoro. Other films work only on your outer layers, the layers of adult sophistication… read review
“Totoro” is, unreservedly, the best movie for kids (and among the best for adults) that I have ever seen. The cornerstone of it’s success, in my mind, is respect. Respect for adults, for children… read review
An absolutely charming animation from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. A university professor and his two young daughters move into an old house in the country. Left to her own devices while her father… read review
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