Totoro at last!
Posted on 24/09/2009 in Homepage 3, Specials
My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro), is one of the most beautiful animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki (winner of the Accademy Award in 2002 and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2005), become a cult movie. The film is now released in Italy, 21 years after the Japanese released, thanks to Lucky Red distribution. Realized in 1988 the movie enjoyed an amazing success and became also a commercial phenomenon with the movie merchandise so that the Totoro funny character became the logo of Studio Ghibli.
The movie has been produced by the company founded by Miyazaki and his collegue Isao Takahata in 1985 and it tells the story of the meeting between two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, and Totoro, an imaginary creature who represents the spirit of the forest. The sisters and their father have moved to the countryside to get near to the mother who is at the hospital. In the new home and countryside, Satsuki and Mei live new adventures in which we can see universal and recurring values in the Miyazaky movies, such as the respect for nature, altruism, the importance of family. An extraordinary movie that after 20 years is still relevant, full of poetry, able to astonish the audience, kids and grow-up people.
The movie trailer
John Lasseter interviews Miyazaki during the last Comicon
The unforgettable song of the final titles