Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday Animation Club: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

Saturday, July 06, 2013

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre


(Japan/1988—directed by Hayao Miyazaki)

One of the most endearing films of all time – a movie that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children – My Neighbor Totoro is the deceptively simple tale of two girls who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. But beneath the film’s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie rich depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, the core of My Neighbor Totoro reveals an exquisite portrait of humankind’s relationship to the Earth; it’s infused with an almost spiritual reverence for the power of nature (a philosophy tied to the ancient Shinto belief that every object in nature has a soul). Protected by the Totoros, we know no harm will come to our two heroines in the forest’s sunlit glades and mysterious shadows. The girls may be awed by the power and majesty around them but they understand instinctively that nature they know has no malice; the viewer is left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world all around us. Kinema Junpo Award (Japan’s Oscar), for Best Picture of the Year.  (86 min.)

 “A great movie... one of the most beloved of all family films. It suggests that the wonder of life and the resources of imagination supply all the adventure you need.” –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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