My Neighbor Totoro
1988 / Japan / 86 / Hayao Miyazaki
Miyazaki’s superbly animated tale is considered to be one of the best-loved family films of all time.
The story follows Satsuki and Mei, two young girls who find their new home is by a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of fantastical creatures called Totoro’s. They befriend Totoro, the biggest and eldest of them, and king of the forest. While the girls’ mother lies sick in hospital, Totoro takes them on a magical adventure and helps them to understand the realities of life.
Containing a powerful ecological theme, this is a lovingly crafted work of depth, import and beauty.