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Wholesome and feel-good film even for the very youngest audiences
on 3 November 2017
For those unfamiliar with Studio Ghibli, this is a great place to start. This film is such a feel-good film that celebrates the beauty of nature, the innocence of youth, and doesn't bend to stereotypes. And it doesn't follow the too familiar boring pattern of all cartoons produced in Europe and US. It is sprinkled with fantastical creatures in a very wholesome way, and it is easy to imagine that it is either happening, or it is in the girl's heads, as you feel like. The story is about 2 girls that move out into the countryside with their father after their mother has to stay in the hospital with an illness. They discover the house has been unused for some time, and dustmites have moved in, however they soon disappear when the house comes back to life. As the big sister goes to school, the little sister encounters the spirit of the forest - Totoro, one of the most iconic cartoon figures that have achieved near cult status as can be seen in the plethora of merchandise that is available in it's image. Not to be missed is the cat-bus. My daughter is not yet 2, and already watches this fascinate, and runs up to the screen and makes cat-noises whenever the catbus comes around.