Film of the Week: My Neighbor Totoro
For our next film of the week, I am going to stick with this Japanese theme and talk about another one of our favorites. This one is an anime, by the Japanese film master Hayao Miyazaki. It is My Neighbor Totoro. My Neighbor Totoro is the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, who move to the country with their professor father to be closer to the hospital where their mother is recovering from an illness. It does not take long before the girls discover that their new house and surroundings are filled with magical creatures. The creatures are friendly, and seem to be there as protectors and friends for the children. When their mother has recovered, the creatures watch happily as Satsuki and Mei play with other children.
You can find this film dubbed into English--probably a good idea since there is a fair amount of dialogue. If you are feeling adventurous or watching with a child who can read, I highly recommend the original Japanese version with subtitles.
This film is best for children at least 4, and probably better for kids at least 6 or 7.