Quickie: Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

No, Studio Ghibli. No! You are not going to make me cry because of a children’s film the day before I rove off to college! No!

Damn you, Miyazaki!

I think the grandest accomplishment legendary artist Hayao Miyazaki produces in his 1988 animated feature My Neighbor Totoro is its accurate, precious study of childhood innocence. Not only does this children’s classic capture early sibling relationships better than any film out there, it also perfectly explores how the youth often deals with tragedy.

Ō-Totoro, Chū-Totoro, Chibi-Totoro, Catbus, and the Susuwatari; these are all imaginative figments that helped our main characters’ aid the mind from any sort of barriers or difficulties. Films like this and The Florida Project, I tend to lean closer too, considering I usually cherish art that can snuggly teleport me back to my own childhood.

My Neighbor Totoro’s prudent lesson that childhood creativity is the most powerful cure to anguish is an essential for all humans to understand. Hmm. Write that down, just in case you forget.

Verdict: A

“My Neighbor Totoro” is now available to buy on Blu-Ray and DVD.

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