My Neighbor Totoro: If you Are Over Age 5, This Could Give You Serious Nightmares
|I don't know, that Totoro character looks kind of shady...|
The main character of "My Neighbor Totoro," Totoro himself, has become famous among Japanese children, and the film illustrates the deep hold that traditional village life still has on people there. Totoro's fame has become such that he transcends this film, much the way Mickey Mouse transcends any particular Disney film. He makes cameo appearances in unrelated works, including some Western ones in which you've probably seen his form, but didn't recognize him.
|The enchanted house.|
|Mei and Satsuki laughing.|
|Going for a bike ride with dad.|
|Climbing the giant tree.|
|The cat bus.|
The cat-bus stops in front of Mei, who boards and rides the bus to the hospital. It turns out that their mother is fine, and the girls return home on the cat-bus, to be followed home by their mother who, it turns out, just had a simple cold and will be all better.
|Totoro and the children.|
|Waiting with Totoro.|
|Mei and Satsuki.|
|The giant tree.|
Treated as such, "Totoro" is a wonderful excursion into childish, friendly companions who are gentle and loving, with just enough magical power to make everything turn out the way a child believes they should. You can't judge this on adult terms, only a child would fully appreciate the awesomeness of a cat serving as a bus, or a seed that can sprout into a giant tree during the night, then be gone at daybreak.
|Look out behind you!|