Saturday, October 2, 2004


An Anime children's film, Totoro is extremely cute, and had me laughing quite a lot, suprising considering how down I had been at the time of viewing. This film is rated C (or rather G in the Australian system) and doesn't have that much of a plot. The differences between how westerners view 'spirits' or 'ghosts', and how the film portrayed Japanese reverence and curiosity towards their spirits was quite striking. The characters are realistic (apart from the spirits, which lent a strong fantasy element), and the animation and scenery were beautifully done. The subtitles are quite hilarious at times, trying hard to be accessible to children who may not understand the meaning of various scenic pans and facial expressions. Fantastic movie! (I want the kitty!)

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