Following up on my previous post about Studio Ghibli I want to tell you a little bit about a very sweet animated film called My Neighbor Totoro. It is the story of two young girls and their encounters with friendly wood spirits in postwar countryside Japan. The two girls are Satsuko and Mei, they are the daughters of a professor.
In 1958 university professor Tatsuo Kusakabe and his daughters moved into an house closer to a hospital where their mother is recovering from a long-term illness. The family is getting more and more settled into the house and one day Mei sees two white rabbit-like ears in the grass and follows the ears under the house. Under the house she see small magical creatures who lead her into the hollow of a large tree. She meets and befriends a larger version of the same kind of spirit who identifies himself by a series of roars which she interprets as “Totoro”. Mei falls asleep on top of the large totoro but when her sister Satsuki finds her she is just laying on the ground in a dense briar clearing. Even though she try very hard Mei is not able to show here family Totoro’s tree. Her father comforts her by telling that Totoro is the keeper of the forest and he will show up whenever he wants to.
This is a just a short introduction by me to a very nice film which I recommend you to watch, no matter what age you are.