Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
86 min / Japan/ 1988
One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, 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. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus — a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat. But beneath the film’s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, at its core MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is about human-kind’s relationship to the Earth.
SAVE THE DATE! – 2014 Tumbleweeds Film Festival
Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth. The 2014 edition of the Intermountain West’s premiere film festival for kids aged 4 and up runs March 14-16, 2014 with screenings in Salt Lake City and Park City. Visit our website at utahfilmcenter.org for up to date information.