My Neighbor Totoro is a beautiful tale about 2 young sisters who moved with their dad to a new house while their mother is recovering from sickness at the local hospital. What they didn’t expect to find were magical creatures in their new neighborhood forest which only they could see, naming them Totoro as per children’s storybooks. These magical creatures will come out to help them when they’re in need, shining a light of hope in their daily life.
My Neighbor Totoro is, in our opinion, the best and most interesting work from Studio Ghibli, so simple and beautiful, allowing audience to totally immerse in the picture. Even though you don’t see the fascinating forest guardians until 20 minutes into the film, it is truly special and unique when they finally emerge, thanks to the wonderful storytelling and fantastic animation. For example, the adorable scene when the girls were waiting for their dad at the bus stop in the rain, Totoro shows up and stands next to them while his magical Cat Bus arrives, taking us back to our own childhood where we had such fanciful dreams.
Again, the quality of Blu-Ray takes this tale to a new level with crystal clear images, great sound effects, colorful animations and of course special features to keep you entertained. There are original storyboards, interviews with director Hayao Miyazaki (where he talks about how he got the idea for this story from his own childhood experiences), the origin of Studio Ghibli and the meaning of its name, the music score by Joe Hisaishi, the voice casting of the film and so on, making this DVD an essential piece to have in your Ghibli collection.
So no matter how many times you watch this film, it always feels like you are watching it for the first time. No doubt My Neighbor Totoro is considered a national treasure in Japan because it is a timeless classic that makes you believe in dreams and sends out a strong message of sisterhood, friendship and hope. Everyone in the family will love it for sure!
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