Part of our Hayao Miyazaki: A Studio Ghibli Retrospective series, taking place all through January.
â€śIt has an easygoing flow, like a breeze carrying a spray of cherry blossoms, and there's definitely a sense of Yasujiro Ozu's relaxing, humane influence. My Neighbor Totoro is a true classic, and a real contender for the greatest animated family film ever made.â€ť â€“ Combustible Celluloid
Both the Subtitled and Dubbed Versions will be screened.
One of the most endearing and internationally renowned family films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called â€śone of the five best moviesâ€ť ever made for children, 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 Miyazakiâ€™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 â€” a nod to Lewis Carrollâ€™s Cheshire Cat. But beneath the filmâ€™s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazakiâ€™s work, at its core My Neighbor Totoro is about human-kindâ€™s relationship to the Earth, and viewers are left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world around us. (Dir. by Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, Japan, 86 mins, Rated G) 35mm