My Neighbor Totoro
1988
Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki provides a stunningly realistic portrayal of life in the country. When their mother is hospitalized, two young sisters spend a summer in the Japanese countryside with their father. The strange new environment turns out to be a natural wonderland filled with exotic real-life creatures and a trio of furry woodland sprites who can only be seen by children.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Hiyao Miyazaki's attention to detail and sense of character continue to charm after all these years. I'm surprised that his most beloved movie is among his least substantial, but I liked it a lot. The musical theme by Jô Hisaishi is a deserving classic.

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