My Neighbour Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki

                                       

A strange collection of characters, from a girl, Satsuki, who acts older than she is, to a young girl, Mei, who you just want to step on, and a big fuzzy creature who smiles scarily like Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat. This is a film made by Miyazaki fiilms, who made such films as the well known Miramax film ‘Princess Mononoke’, as well as ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howl’s Moving Castles’.

A story with no particularly clear moral message or underlying meanings, My Neighbour Totoro is a film for young children blessed with a very vivid imagination, and for those who do not mind young children screaming, crying and shouting throughout a long and unnecessary film.

The general theme of the film is vague, the children move into a house, assumed to be haunted, but instead they find Totoro, a large creature who lives in trees and can call for a large tabby cat bus, yes a cat bus, which no one else can see.

Unless you are between the ages of 5 and 10, this film doesn’t have much impact on your life, and you find yourself drifting off to sleep to make the film end quicker. With good intentions as a deep and meaningful anime film for younger people, alive with imagination and a heart felt story, it’s found to be a one watch film.

The english version was adapted by Disney for the USA Hollywood Film Festival in October of 2005, with such voices as Dakota Fanning, playing older sister Satsuki.

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