My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro ★★★★★

While I was out driving today I noticed thousands of dandelions alongside the road, creating a blanket of yellow and green. And while part of me acknowledges that we're supposed to think of dandelions as weeds since they're really not supposed to be in the grass, I mostly just flashed back to a time when it didn't occur to me to think this way, and admired the colors and sights that nature has in store for those willing to look. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is made by someone who innately understands this feeling and is gifted enough to evoke it in others as well. Perhaps more than any other major filmmaker, Miyazaki appreciates the wondrous possibilities of the natural world, both real and fantastical (he's kind of the anti-Herzog in this way). Which is kind of a roundabout way of saying that I want to live in this movie. I'd be too old to see totoros and soot sprits and the catbus now, but I'd be happy just knowing they're there.