|My Neighbor Totoro|
Two little girls, Satsuki and Mei, move to the country with their Dad, a college professor. They can be closer to Mom, who has some kind of romantic consumptive disease that has confined her to a sanatorium. The family's new house is a rickety Western-style study and attic added to a really old traditional farmhouse. On the first day, as they are putting up their furniture and cleaning, Satsuki and Mei encounter the little black sooty spirits that live in old dusty homes. The girls become friends with the old lady from a nearby farm, who tells them about the shy spirits of the countryside. Soon, Satsuki starts school and Mei spends her days exploring the yard and the woods next to the house. She's trying not to bother her Dad, who's working at home on his research. It isn't long before she sees her first Totoro, who's running around collecting acorns. There's a little tiny white one, a slightly bigger one and Mei finally meets a giant Totoro who lives in a big hollow tree. Later, Satsuki also meets Totoro and their adventures begin. Will Dad ever meet Totoro? Do other strange creatures live in rural Japan? Will Mom ever get better and come home from the hospital?
I've watched this anime without subtitles the first time and it wasn't hard to follow at all. Kids will really like this animated movie by Ghibli Studios, the cute furry creatures known as Totoros will keep you and the younger audience interested during the whole adventure.