What's the Story?:
With their mother in the hospital, sisters Mei and Satsuki move with their father to a new home in the country, only to find a world of furry and magical creatures living right in their own camphor tree.
Why It's a Favorite:
This beautifully animated Japanese film, directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away
and Princess Mononoke
), captures the joys and fears of childhood, offering a wide-eyed look at a world of fantasy and the wonders of nature.
Four-year-old Mei runs away from home to visit her mother, who may be dying, in the hospital.
Take your children for a walk in the park to talk about the beauty and mysteries of nature and discover their thoughts about Totoros, those bigger-than-life spirits of the forest. With older kids, you may want to discuss the actual look of the movie itself, which is as enchanting as its story, with lovingly hand-drawn watercolors and simple figures full of personality.
Read the Flick for Kids Age-by-Age guide
for My Neighbor Totoro