My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro ★★★★½

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)
"When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby."

Usually a fan-favorite amongst Studio Ghibli purists, My Neighbor Totoro might not be my favorite film from the Japanese animation studio but it sure counts in my book as a great flick. The animation is enchanting, the plot simplistic yet spellbinding, and the musical score just as magical. The dialogue is witty and cute (either in reading the English subtitles for the Japanese edition or listening to the English dubbed version). I don't really have any faults to pinpoint about the movie, maybe just some scenes seem a bit offputting now as an adult and the pace now that I'm an adult doesn't really sit with me great. But overall, no major complaints.

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