in about 100 words or less
Japan 86m, Colour
Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Cast: Chika Sakamoto, Noriko Hidaka, Hitoshi Takagi, Sumi Shimamoto
My Neighbor Totoro is a wonderfully whimsical animated fantasy about two sisters who move into an old country house with their father while waiting for their convalescing mother to return from hospital. Acquainting themselves with the spirits of rural Japan, Satsuke and Mei discover Totoro, a giant furry magical creature who they believe to be the king of the forest. A lighthearted story, Totoro and his woodland friends, including an amazing cat bus, provide amusement and help for the sisters as they wait in wonder for their mother’s return (Klaus MIng February 2015).