Miyazaki Mondays

My Neighbor Totoro

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

1988, Japan, 87 minutes, Digital, G; Common Sense Media Rating Age 5+

11 am - Dubbed in English; 8 pm - Japanese, subtitled in English

Distributor: GKids

This acclaimed animated tale by director Hayao Miyazaki follows schoolgirl Satsuke and her younger sister, Mei, as they settle into an old country house with their father and wait for their mother to recover from an illness in an area hospital. As the sisters explore their new home, they encounter and befriend playful spirits in their house and the nearby forest, most notably the massive cuddly creature known as Totoro.

“Miyazaki’s appreciation of miraculous possibilities and childhood visions is what drives Totoro.” – John Hartl, Seattle Times