My Neighbor Totoro is one of the best-loved animated movies created by Japanese anime powerhouse, Studio Ghibli. First appearing in a double bill with the far more sombre Grave of the Fireflies directed by Isao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, who have recently moved to the country.
Satsuki and Mei have just moved into an old country house with their professor father Tatsuo Kusakabe to be closer to the hospital where their mother, Yasuko, is currently recovering. After being fascinated by the soot spirits which occupy the house, younger sister Mei spots a pair of rabbit ears and follows them off through the woods eventually encountering the large gray forest creature she names “Totoro.” As well as the different kinds of Totoro, the girls also come into contact with several other supernatural creatures including the Catbus which comes to the girls’ rescue when they are stranded far from home.
One of Studio Ghibli’s best-loved offerings, My Neighbour Totoro continues to delight audiences young and old from all over the world!