Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.
|Release Date||:||April 16, 1988|
|Genres||:||Fantasy, Animation, Family|
|Production Company||:||Studio Ghibli, Nibariki, Tokuma Japan Communications Co. Ltd.|
|Casts||:||Noriko Hidaka, Hitoshi Takagi, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Sumi Shimamoto, Tanie Kitabayashi, Masashi Hirose, Yûko Maruyama, Shigeru Chiba, Toshiyuki Amagasa|
|Plot Keywords||:||japan, mother, sister sister relationship, supernatural powers, leave, village, hospital, new neighbor, moving, new home, magical creature, cute, anime|
I first watched this film in Japanese with a 12 year old translating for me and I still thought it was incredible. There are so many wonderful touches, like a tin can in the stream while the kids are fascinated by a fish, or the flying scenes (I'm convinced that Ang Lee thought of Miyazaki when he made The Hulk, just in terms of the jumping scenes) that show a curious mind at work throughout the picture. I also love the sense of magic and innocence (and the lack of violence) which pervades the movie. It is a real antidote from the Disney formula which always involves a villain being trashed at the end. This is a film about the wonder of being a child and experiencing something incredible which adults can't see but recognize nonetheless. It works for any age as well. Enjoy.