For this week’s Nerd Recommendation, I will be highlighting the amazingly beautiful and heartwarming movie, My Neighbor Totoro (1988). This movie is freaking awesome and I am telling you right now if you’re ever having a bad day, like cute fluffy animals, and can appreciate the beautiful animation of Studio Ghibli, this movie is going to be the pinnacle of your life.
It follows a family consisting of a father, a mother and two sisters as they move out to the countryside in the hopes that the mother, who is ill, will benefit from the fresh air. The older sister, Satsuki, and the young sister, Mei, both are excited to explore their new house and the huge forest in their backyard.
One day, Mei sees a small white bunny-looking creature and, being the ADHD-fueled child she is, she drops everything and runs into the brush. She follows the creature to the trunk of the biggest tree in the forest, only to lose track of the little fluff ball.
As she looks for it, she finds a hole in the trunk and falls through. She screams, closes her eyes and braces herself for an impact, which is much, much softer than expected. She opens her eyes to find a sleeping giant gray bunny-looking creature has broken her fall. She isn’t scared though, because it’s freaking adorable.
This is Totoro, the spirit of the lush forest that surrounds the girls’ house. If you don’t know what a Totoro is, I’ll try to describe it: Picture a cute gray bunny with a white belly. Now put that bunny up on its hind legs and multiply its size by about 100 times.
The rest of the movie is just as innocent. Highlights include a Cat Bus– yes you read that right– taking the girls on a ride, the discovery of “dust bunnies” in the attic, and the sisters helping Totoro grow a tree. Although these examples are very weird out of context, trust me, all of them are very charming.
This movie is the definition of wholesome, but it also keeps your attention throughout every beautifully animated scene. My Neighbor Totoro is definitely worth a watch.
(Copyright 2018 Ceci Fralick)