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TTK: Totoro Take Over

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He's been called Japan's Walt Disney and listed as one of the world's most influential people by Time Magazine, but to truly appreciate Hayao Miyasaki's work, all you have to do is watch it. His fantastical films include Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away, the first anime film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. They are gentle, magical kids' movies that often tackle difficult themes. And one of his sweetest stories, 1988's My Neighbor Totoro, will be screened this coming Saturday at The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The movie's main characters, Satsuki and Mei, are sisters who recently moved to the country to be near their sick mother. In the midst of transition, they discover that they have a surprising neighbor in the nearby forest -- an affable spirit, the Totoro of the title. The two girls befriend the chubby, rabbit-eared Totoro, who provides adventures, comforts and some earthshaking roars. Miyasaki's own mother was bedridden for several years during his childhood, and the imaginary landscape he creates for Satsuki and Mei reflects his understanding and empathy of childhood worry. 

My Neighbor Totoro was rereleased by Walt Disney Pictures in 2006, with an English dub track. That's the version that the IMA is showing, so no one need worry about reading the movie and maybe missing our favorite mode of animated travel -- the cat-bus.

My Neighbor Totoro has spawned legions of fan-art like this art-deco beauty. - MINITOKYO USER TAMA-NEKO
  • minitokyo user Tama-Neko
  • My Neighbor Totoro has spawned legions of fan-art like this art-deco beauty.

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