15 Feb 2011

My Neighbour Totoro - Hayao Miyazaki - Film

This delightful piece of filmography is quaint, pretty and possibly the sweetest depiction of sisterly love you will ever see.  I adore this film and watch it whenever I am feeling low because it is an instant pick-me-up!

Part of the Studio Ghibli collection, it is a Hayao Miyazaki classic and will appeal to all age groups.  I first began pursuing an interest in Japanese animations and anime whilst at university, and now own a tidy little collection of both films and series. 

Two sisters are settling into their new home with their father whilst their mother recovers from an illness in hospital.  The youngest sister, Mei, discovers they have a neighbour - the bizarre, rabbit like spirit named Totoro!  He's a friendly fellow with two mischevious mini-me sidekicks and he helps the girls with various things such as aiding the growth of their vegetable patch and giving them a lift home in his cat bus (it's a bus, that is also a cat ... only the Japanese could come up with such brilliant ideas).

Mei and her older sister Satsuki get on reasonably well but the stress of a new home and missing their mother places strains on their relationship.  But with the wise and watchful care of Totoro to hand the girls are brought back together in an emotional and consolidating ending.

My favourite character(s) in this film are the dust mites that live in the wall cavities and the loft of the house.  The only reason for this is that they're so darn cute! 

This film is about childhood, sisterhood and magic.  I'm so keen to spread the joy that I have included a clip from my favourite scene to entice you!

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