My Neighbor Totoro

Showed at Images 5/11/2019–5/12/2019

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

Matinees in English. Sunday 8pm shows in Japanese with English subtitles.

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.

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. The film is infused with a reverence for the power of nature. Protected by the Totoros, we know no harm will come to our two heroines in the forest’s sunlit glades and mysterious shadows. The girls may be awed by the power and majesty around them but they understand instinctively that nature has no malice. The viewer is left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world all around us.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

“Rich with human comedy in the way it observes the two remarkably convincing, lifelike little girls.”

– Roger Ebert