My Neighbor Totoro ★★★★

The portrayal of childhood here is magical, and I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did. I'm also glad, in a way, that Totoro wasn't the focus here—it was the children and their interactions with the world, each other, and their own imaginations. That was all communicated so well, though I can't see this movie and not feel emotion over something that really doesn't have anything to do with it...

I'm not sure exactly how my sister was introduced to My Neighbour Totoro but sometime in the mid '90s she fell in love with it. We all lived in Calgary at the time and would make regular outings to garage sales and flea markets. At one flea market there was a video vendor, who sold VHS tapes, and had access to a big catalog of videos that could be ordered from a distributor somewhere. Things were usually kinda tight financially, but my dad ordered her a VHS copy of Totoro from that flea market. I don't remember how long it took to arrive, but I'm sure it took ages. The point here is, even though this is the first time I've seen the movie myself, that thought is there accompanying it. When I see or hear "Totoro" that's what I think of. My father and sister are estranged now. There are reasons. There are always reasons. But he loves her very much. And no matter what, he would always do everything he could for her. That's still true. Totoro.

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