Great film. Though I must say I enjoy his other films a lot more. It also feels slight, like it could have gone further. However, it is very impressive that it avoids cliches and easy conflicts; fostering a plethora of healthy themes like environmentalism, family, friendship, altruism, and perseverance. I do love it and maybe it will grow on me more upon a re-watch or two. A great kids movie. In Miyazaki we trust.
Top Ten countdown – #5 A praise for sibling love and the long summers of childhood, with a sincere conviction towards adventure and believing in fantasy as its guiding forces. Freed from the limitations of a traditional sequential plot, structured instead by the sometimes happy sometimes sad situations of the day-to-day experiences in a child's life; where the stories are brought to life and magic reigns supreme.
A sentimental but moving exercise from Miyazaki and the amazing artisans of Studio Ghibli. A film about imagination, magic, folklore and most of all sibling affection. The studio would later make more engaging classics but 'Totoro' stands well the passing of time.
Sometimes I feel like watching Miyazaki is more effective than therapy at remedying the lacks in my childhood. Gorgeous and magical. Mei is badass. The dad wins at parenting. And the catbus is terrifying. I mean, wonderful. But terrifying. Wonderfully terrifying.
Most animators use animation to show us things we couldnt see. Miyazaki uses it to show us the smallest of things with unbelievable attention to detail. There's more life in one blade of grass in this film then almost any work of animation. But of course, there's all the wonderful fantasy that wisely never overshadow the characters. If you don't like this film, you're inner child is dead and I pity you.