Thomas' Review of My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro(1988)
There is a secret place of the mind that exists for children, where the simple objects of the world take on a wonderous glow. Do you remember them? it was that stick that became a space ship, it was the tallest tree that became your fort, it was the first time you see a hundred tadpoles, a hundred living quotation marks that would grow legs and sing.
This is the world of "My Neighbor Totoro".
You see a Totoro is a forest spirit, varied in form and visible only to children. A deeply engaging and moving film, MNT follows the adventure of two young sisters as they move to a new home with their Father, all to be closer to their mother who has taken ill. Along the way though they make the friend of and keep company with the spirits that live in the surrounding woods.
MNT is filled with visuals that will stay with you for a lifetime. A little girl standing in the rain as her giant spirit friend holds an umbrella, Spirits in the moonlight sharing the beauty of night sky. As you watch MNT, you too may remember what it was like to have the spirit of a child.
Totoro is a classic of animation and film for good reason, share it with anyone who has a "spark" for life, young or old.