Review: My Neighbor Totoro

when grave of fireflies was released in japan, the movie was accompanied with my neighbor totoro as a double feature. perhaps this was done to balance the mood of the audience. since the first was containing some depressing scenes, the latter was more heart lightening. but still, both are beautiful.

tells a story of a new moved family, the kusakabe. tatsuo, the father, is a professor in tokyo university, he’s rather quiet, calm and have this soothing persona. the first daugther is satsuki, a vibrant, courageous and kind young girl. and mei, energetic, curious and loud little sister. this family moved into this village to get closer to the hospital where the mother, yasuko was recovering from unknown illness.

in between school and work, they travel to visit their mom by bike. here you will see that the animation and scene are quite simple, but still a pleasure to your eyes. studio ghibli delivers a great view of japanese village scenery, some time quiet, some time full of voices. and the character were realistic and you can relate to them easily.

one day mei, spotted two cute creature and when she chased them, they lead her into this huge camphor tree with an enormous fluffy creature, later she described as totoro. and later on one rainy night, when the girls were waiting the bus their father use to ride, it was satsuki who finally meet totoro himself. the girls manage to build a good relation with their magical neighbor.

but later, upon hearing her mother condition was getting worse, mei sets off alone to visit her mother. not long after that, she got lost.

satsuki ask totoro to help her finds mei and totoro gladly assist her by calling the catbus to carry satsuko and finds her sister. when the two united, catbus took them to see their mother at the hospital, and from the distance, they are thankful that their mother was fine.

this movie dragged me to some part of my childhood. the lush of green rice field, the old traditional houses, the muddy road, the clean river, the trees, the friendly neighborhood. the beauty of it all. it brought back the little kid in me.

all in all. i thought that this is a very good movie. no antagonist, no deep plot or conflict. but still, very much enjoyable.

17 thoughts on “Review: My Neighbor Totoro”

  1. mayumiharyoto said: ini karya hayao yg pertama kali gue liat dan inspiratif bgt buat gue dulu. x’P

    huhuw.. kl gw sih termasuk telat kenal miyazaki. dan sekarang giat bener nyari dvd2nyah.. orang2 di lapak mungkin udah julukin gw hh.. hayao hunter..😀

  2. The story flows nicely. I’ve seen it lots of time and am still fascinated by all the details. This movie is our kids’ first Miyazaki experience and they love it like crazy. Five stars for Totoro, due to this extra sentimental reason🙂

  3. sampe sekarang gw juga blum bosen2 nonton film ini :Dkadang tengah malam kl ga ada kerjaan, gw tonton deh.shoot. gw baru nyadar kl bintangnya cuma 4.. huhuw..maap mbah miyazaki.. tuh udah gw ganti jadi 5 bintang. 4 for the movie. and 1 also for sentimental reason🙂

  4. ikutan rate juga ah😀 ceritanya sih sederhana banget ya… sangat2 sederhana… tapi aneh.. magnet kelucuan dan sentimentilnya besar banget hihii

  5. lokasinya mirip dengan kampung abah gw sih van, jadi sentimental banget kl nonton ini.sekarang sih udah ga kaya gini lagi kampungnya.. ciri aslinya udah direnggut sama teknologi😦

  6. hahaha.. rumah gw sekarang aja dulu belakangnya masih sawah kok… ya sama sentimentilnya… liat ikan di selokan.. orang nyangkul di sawah.. malah sempet gw nyemplung ke sawah ! hahaha.. padahal sawah baru dicangkul.. jadi kayak totoro deh… badan item mata doang yg nampak…

  7. gw seneng banget nih ghibli yg ini.. totoro imut banget, cerita so simpel, ponakan2 kecil yg ga bs bc subtitle aja seneng bgt ngeliatin mahluk2 lucu di filem ini. agak aneh sih, cenderug absurd.. tapi yg jelas mata gue bener2 dibuai sama keajaiban dan keindahan gambar2nya. pol2an deh bagusnya.

  8. okeboo said: gw seneng banget nih ghibli yg ini.. totoro imut banget, cerita so simpel, ponakan2 kecil yg ga bs bc subtitle aja seneng bgt ngeliatin mahluk2 lucu di filem ini. agak aneh sih, cenderug absurd.. tapi yg jelas mata gue bener2 dibuai sama keajaiban dan keindahan gambar2nya. pol2an deh bagusnya.

    iya, gw seneng film ini karena kira2 sama dengan apa yg lo dapet. selain itu, film ini juga ngingetin gw sama kampung halaman bokap gw sebelum kena sentuhan teknologi.. mirip banget sama gambaran di tororo🙂

  9. EHHHHH ini kmrn gw baru nonton filmnya ma flatmate gw, duh lucu banget! lagunya ituwww… addictive banget…. cuman yg di bagian “totoro, totoro, totoro, totoro…..” LOL!!! it’s stuck on my head!

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