One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on director Hayao Miyazaki's own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus—a nod to Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat. But beneath the film's playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazaki's work, at its core My Neighbor Totoro is about human-kind's relationship to the Earth. The film is infused with an almost spiritual reverence for the power of nature. Protected by the Totoros, we know no harm will come to our two heroines in the forest's sunlit glades and mysterious shadows. In English.

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Cast:

Voices of Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Paul Butcher, Pat Carroll, Tim Daly, Katelin Petersen, Evan Sabara

MPAA Rating:

G

Run Time:

1hr 26mins

Release Year:

1988

Country Of Origin:

Japan