Tonari no Totoro (1988)
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very good in many ways :) movies don't need bad guys all the time, and I love the characters, kids just being noisy and curious, a father who is caring, patient and taking his kids seriously... it's very simple, but all precious life lessons are simple as far as I can tell.
Another great movie from Hayao Miyazaki! I've been watching all the Studio Ghibli movies one by one and I'm absolutely loving the rich colours and detailed animation. Despite the movie having no strong storyline, no villain, no songs as such and Totoro not talking, it was captivating and entertaining to the very end. A fun and happy movie that people of all ages can enjoy!
An obvious companion piece to the later Spirited Away. In this charming and touching tale, little girls encounter magic after they move to the countryside, and there's a delightful ambiguity as to whether it's all in their imagination or if it's happening for real, supported by their parents encouraging them in their fantasies. Miyazaki's own imagination is, of course, second to none, and the pastoral realism of the country is contrasted with such maverick insanity as the cat-bus. Audiences more used to his later fantasies may find the image-making relatively timid, but this is more about children's imagination, finding the magical in the every day, and even sharing the illusion. Creating a believable "every day" is key. The film is melancholy, but it's not sad (watch the end credits for the comforting ending), like your own memories of simpler days.
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This movie ranks #12 in Animation
This movie ranks #14 in Family
This movie ranks #18 in Fantasy
This movie ranks #20 in 1980s
This movie ranks #30 in Top 100 Animated Features of All Time
This movie ranks #45 in The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema
This movie ranks #54 in 100 Animated Feature Films (BFI Screen Guides)
This movie ranks #56 in Kinema Junpo Top Japanese Films
This movie ranks #98 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream is a Genius
This movie ranks #127 in Top 250
This movie ranks #145 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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This movie ranks #190 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #243 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #256 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #275 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #646 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life