Tuesday, April 6, 2010

#89 My Neighbor Totoro: It was a dream! But it was not a dream!

1988. dir. Hayao Miyazaki, starring Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto. Japanese with subtitles.

Seen it before? No.

Our third and final voyage into the twisted labyrinth of Hayao Miyazaki's mind. This one was probably our favorite. It's the story of a father and his two daughters (ages 10-ish and 4) who move into a run-down house in the countryside.The girls seem pretty enthusiastic about the move, and they find strange and mysterious creatures as they explore the new house.

Bambi was worried that this would turn into Grave of the Fireflies and that they would die horribly but thankfully everything was fine. Rated G so no horrible vomiting pigs or decapitations here. "Totoro" is pretty funny, I guess he's supposed to be a troll but he looks more like a panda or something. Oh and there are three of them for some reason. I don't know. This makes more sense than Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke but that isn't hard to do.

I have to say I liked this better than what Disney was doing at the time. It's rare for a kids movie to have actual children in it who actually act like children.

Position on the list: 242
Daniel's favorite part: The Cat Bus. Exactly what it sounds like.

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