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Tonari no Totoro

Hayao Miyazaki Japan, 1988

ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film My Neighbor Totoro

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.