Two young girls, Satsuki and Mei, have just moved into a new home in the country while their sick mother remains in hospital. To their surprise they find that they share this home with some rather unusual creatures, when they stumble into the hollow of a huge tree and meet a giant furry character called Totoro. Totoro and his friends cannot be seen by adults, only by the children who have the capacity to believe in them. All is well with the two young girls until a telegram arrives from the hospital: their mother won’t be visiting them as planned. Adventure presides when Mei decides to run off to Shichikokuyama Hospital, with some corn that she picked from the neighbor’s garden. Totoro is called to the rescue when trouble occurs.
“Widely regarded not only as the greatest of works from Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki, but as one of the greatest animations ever made... I have no hesitations whatsoever in calling this a hands-down masterpiece.”– Inthemix.com.au
“One of the most beloved of all family films.”– ROGET EBERT
“writer-director Hayao Miyazaki offers a charming fantasy that stresses the affectionate bond between two young sisters.”– LA TIMES
“The movie has a lulling, gently wry quality that makes its commercial success in a mayhem-dominated market a delightful exception.”– THE SEATTLE TIMES