MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO(TONARI NO TOTORO)
1988, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 86 min.
“One of the most beloved of all family films…rich with human comedy…awe-inspiring…enchanting.”
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Visually arresting and consistently compelling, this movie is magical.”
—Bill Gibron, PopMatters.com
“An almost perfect merging of fantasy with everyday domesticity.”
—Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
Childlike but not childish, magical but not sinister, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a film capable of putting a joyous smile on the face of anyone of any age. In this simple but profound story, two little girls and their dad move into a ramshackle, reputedly haunted house in the country while mom is in the hospital. Encounters with mythical creatures that inhabit the nearby forest, including a gigantic tree spirit, become part of the unfolding of daily life. Miyazaki blends the fearless, innocent adventures of childhood, the wonder of the natural world, and a life-affirming sense of family and community into a most extraordinary tale. On Friday and Tuesday in Japanese with English subtitles. All other screenings in English with voices by Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly, and Frank Welker. 35mm. (BS)
Jeffrey Westhoff, film critic for the Northwest Herald, will lead a discussion after the Saturday 4:45 pm screening.