My Neighbor Totoro
CAST: Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Sumi Shimamoto,Tanie Kitabayashi, Hitoshi Takagi DIRECTOR: Hayao Miyazaki FREE FAMILY FLICK
The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. Like most films released by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, this family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme.
- 10:00 AM screening: English (dubbed)
- 12:00 PM screening: Japanese with English subtitles
The world the characters inhabit is less expressionist than impressionist, blessed with a delicate evocation of natural light and color that subtly incorporates Miyazaki's environmentalism.Sam Adams, AV Club
As simply as we can put it, My Neighbor Totoro is a masterpiece of children's animation. There's no one we wouldn't recommend it to.Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
It is as much a portrait of a time and place as it is the story of two sisters. Mei and Satsuki, like real kids, are sometimes infuriating, stubborn, and then in the next moment lovable.Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee (British Columbia)