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My Neighbor Totoro ( Tonari no Totoro ) 
Anime never been seen before.
4/4 stars

This is going to be the strangers and the most weirdest thing I'm about to say but I wish Totoro was real so I can sleep one it's fury tummy, it just looks so comfortable.

The story is about two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life.

My Neighbor Totoro (or Tonari no Totoro ) is a anime film with: No scary monsters, no villains, no evil adults and not like the other three act structure, and that could surprise a lot of people who are expecting the same third act in animated movie. This movie was beyond loved for being the best animated film ever made and that's from die hard fans of Hayao Miyazaki and moviegoers everywhere, and I can see easily see why, because this movie in opinion is one of the most griping, beautiful and the most stunning anime that actually give me butterflies deep inside of movie, and that's rare for me.

This may sound over the top or over doing it but I don't Hayao Miyazaki is a god of anime and storytelling to the big screen. I only seen some of Miyzaki films but after watching spirited Away and this movie I want to more of this guys work, I found out that Hayao Miyazaki last film was The Wind Rises which I need to watch sooner or late, but it's a same to hear that, but the good things must come to a end.

I absolutely loved the animation in this film, I mean how can put it into words without messing up my words. It's better to watch and experience the creative animation standing out from any other animated films, and just let the wonderful character's that are fully of joy and life can easily win you over by the first sentence.

For problems... I don't have any, yeah no problems with this film. I was glued in by the world that Miyazaki created. I was locked in from start till the very end.

Overall My Neighbor Totoro is different and the film doesn't shy away from that, it's a brilliant film and it's more then a kids film even adults can dig this movie.

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Chris Kavan

Chris Kavan- wrote on 12/13/14 at 03:05 PM CT


As a avid Miyazaki fan I recommend all his films - if like Totoro, definitely check out Ponyo and The Secret World of Arrietty. Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke are also very well done (Mononoke is a bit more adult than his other films). And finish up with Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service and Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind (earlier films, but still very good). If you want a stark contrast to the usual style, I also highly recommend Grave of the Fireflies - just be aware, it is way heavy and kind of depressing (it actually ran as a double bill with Totoro when it first came out).

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