Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Pittsfield Youth
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1988.
Special features: Behind the microphone with Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning; Complete storyboards-- get an insider's look at the film's artistry; Original Japanese trailer; Opening and closing animation without credits.
My three year old kept starting this at different points so I'm not sure I ended up seeing the entire movie, but I really enjoyed what I saw of it. I never quite figured out what was wrong with the mother though.
I love this movie because it shows a wonderful relationship between sisters but also because Totoro is the cutest animated movie character that has ever been. I highly recommend watching this movie, if only for the cuddly feeling you get when you meet Totoro.
submitted by xoxobrenda on June 28, 2011, 12:07 pm
I loved this film so much as a child. The story of a family moving to a different home and having to adjust with the mother hospitalized is very touching. This film filled with magic, cute Totoro and the Cat bus, dust bunnies, the majestic tree. The relationship of two sisters, discovery, and family are all special elements of the film.
This is a very sweet story that handles some serious subject matter with a light touch. Just goes to show that kids CAN use their imagination, and yes, even fantasize to help them cope with their fears.