VIDEO: My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

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Sofie’s Miyazaki March continues with the most insanely cute, innocent movie ever. Also, the Film Renegado is in this video!

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Tag: Movie Dorkness: Miyazaki March

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  • Mike

    Uh, this is going to be approved by editors right? Did I just get here too early or is this video slightly unorthodox compared with the others? I should think not, if it’s about the “most insanely cute innocent movie”?

    • Sofie Liv

      I believe it will reach the front page soon enough, just like all the other Miyazaki March videos I have done so far.

      Perhaps you will notice, it is not totally out of the ordinary that videos here on the site, will be in the raw-feed for around half a day or more, before Albert can get around to approve it.
      Please note, he is the ONLY editor on the site, he does every-thing! Safe checks all videos and articles, find pictures to represent the videos on the front page, keeps the site nice and tidy. All by himself.

      It is an INSANE amount of work he puts into this site, so we should all just take a moment to appreciate it, and well, appreciate that it can take a while for raw-feed videos to be updated to main page videos ;)

      • Mike

        Good to know!

        • Sofie Liv

          The man needs far more credit than he gets!

          It was him who created the site ten years ago, kept it running for ALL of these years, wrote many of the articles, is the only one to hang unto the site for so long, took the risk of switching to video reviews and changing the format as a last resort before closing the site down, which tankfully turned every-thing around.

          If you go to “Contact.” any message you send there will be send directly to his e-mail, you can send him a thank you note.
          I think every-body whom enjoys this site should do that, he is indeed.. the unsung hero and creator of this site ;)

          • danbreunig

            I’ve paid my own respects to Albert in his Supergirl forum, and meant every word of it. I still do.

      • Thanks Sofie, though I don’t really do an INSANE amount of work on the site anymore. I would describe the amount of work I do on the site nowadays as merely “bonkers”.

        • Sofie Liv

          No problemo, i’ll be saying it again eventually, it deserves to be said regularly by some-one.

          So yeah, call it empty praise, flattery or what-ever, I am just very impressed and will continue be so.
          And i am very thankful :)

  • Muthsarah

    Wow, Sofie, I can’t believe you just drugged Renegado, especially when you said it could kill someone. Like, totally. I just saw you say you did that, in a video, so IT HAS TO BE REAL!

    I have nothing to say about this movie. Other than that anyone who hasn’t seen it should be drugged. Twice as much as you absolutely, literally drugged Renegado. Which I so can’t believe you actually did. In reality.

    Kiki’s is next. From my #1 to my #2. Aww…we’ve already peaked. :(

    • Sofie Liv

      I don’t think we have, but every-one are allowed to have favourites.

      Totoro and Kiki definetely seems the two most related movies in this line-up, carrying kind of sort of the same spirit, and I totally get why people would just love those specifically, they are just… the least evil things ever created. Just proving that you CAN make such a story or movie, in this particular way, which is indeed about exsperience, discovery and emotion rather than fighting a villain, is very inspired indeed.

      Though Is see you havn’t read the cracked article with “Five movies with hidden darker plots.” where Totoro takes number one spot.
      DAMMIT CRACKED! Don’t spoil my good innocent fun!

      I better like my own little theory that “Spirited Away.” may be an un-official sequel to My Neighbour Totoro taking place in the exact same univers, just explorting a bit further how this spirit buisness work.
      I am not the only one who could totally see Totoro and his mini Toto’s walk into the bath-house together with the Radish spirit right?

      • Sofie Liv

        And killing the Renegado was an accident!

        Fortunately I also know of Necromancy so I was able to revive him for the ending bit.. unfortunately he is now stuck being my man-servant for-ever having to always do my bidding without even realising but meh, he wont know the difference.

        • Jerry Nava

          WHAT. That wasn’t part of the deal D:

          • Muthsarah

            1. I know Spanish exclamation points are sometimes upside down, but are Spanish smilies backwards too?

            2. You don’t like being a manservant to Sofie? I think there are some commenters on this site who will pay to take your place. Sell the rights. Make money. Use that money to fix your smilies.

          • Jerry Nava

            You don’t understand. She’s going to make me watch movies with horrible mexican stereotypes, like Turbo!

          • Sofie Liv

            You do that to yourself all-ready Jerry.

            All the time.. Do I even need to point that out..

          • danbreunig

            Now *there’s* the classic jovial–and dare I say, “Anarchic”–ribbing I remember from my favorite MexiDane duo! Of course if you’re a dead servant then logically she can’t do anything else to you. Thus, Fortune favors the Dead, haha!…

            I’m not sure if you read my post above, but I said it to Sofie and I want to extend it to you, Jerry. I want to say how sorry I am for yelling at you two in the previous forum. You didn’t deserve that at all and it’s my own failing to not pick up on the humor sooner. I explained too much last time so won’t go too long here about it. Just that I’m sorry and not proud of how I reacted. For what it’s worth, you both were so sweet in your explanation in the current video.

            She suggested I watch My Neighbor Totoro as my penance. Sound good?

          • Jerry Nava

            You *should* watch the movie either way, it’s good! And sure, don’t even worry about it, we were the ones worried about our fans taking it too seriously, but we’re all fine buddy.

      • danbreunig

        I guess I should be drugged with the pure movie happiness formula, because I haven’t seen this (or any Miyazaki yet). Sure could’ve used it last week…

        Are you sure you want a freshly dead man-servant, though? -,-

        “Just proving that you CAN make such a story or movie, in this particular
        way, which is indeed about exsperience, discovery and emotion rather
        than fighting a villain, is very inspired indeed.”

        That is a truly rare story execution. Not all stories need antagonists, but they do need conflict, or at the very least a change or progression. Just going by the review alone the change doesn’t sound like anything scary, evil, tragic, confusing, troubling, or inconvenient like…well, like nearly every story in existence. Nice to hear the change being a positive and calming one from confused wonder to joyous wonder, if I’m reading this right.

        Strange thing: Totoro’s making me nostalgic about Moomin, and not just because Totoro himself looks like the Groke and Moomintroll mixed. That show was the first “childrens” show I’ve seen in ages with primarily children or childish characters who really were kids just being kids. Maybe it got a little deep with the philosophy and atmosphere and the kids were in occasional life-and-death danger–but they weren’t above chasing butterflies, watching clouds, or playing hide-and-seek. It didn’t matter what country or year it was made in; that show made me think in terms of true childhood innocence which I don’t see too much in current children’s shows (not that I’m watching those anyway). I just think there’s a parallel in there somewhere because Totoro seems to accelerate that feeling. And I’ll try to stop constantly bringing up Moomin; I went through the same thing when Animated Heroine reviewed this film.

        Another strange thing: I’ve read that Cracked article just minutes before I knew this video was posted. I didn’t want to say anything about it for fear of ruining your fun.

        Speaking of ruining fun, I need to say this outright. I’m sorry for ruining your fun last week, Sofie and Jerry, for my over-reaction to your previous review. I explained myself (and too much) in the last forum, but that doesn’t excuse me for laying into you both like that. Neither of you deserved that flak. I hope I/we can make good again. You two were so sweet and friendly explaining yourselves in your current review–hopefully you can meet each other someday and even shoot a video together in the same room.

        • Sofie Liv

          Well, it’s never to late. If you can, go pick it up. It’s nice just always to have instant anti-depressant without any of the sucky side affects just sitting there on your DVD shelf ^^

          I wouldn’t say there is… no conflict at all in the movie, but it’s not what we usually describe as over-blown movie conflicts, what-ever conflicts there are, are just the conflicts that people would have in real life, and what these two little girls realisticly would have in their situation.
          May having to be looked over by a stranger for the first time since they move, a stranger that scared her a little bit the first time they met (In a really cute way, it’s just this very old kind lady that May thought looked like a witch.)
          And it results in her running off to Satsukis school, refusing to go before Satsuki comes out. And it ends with May having to sit beside Satsuki and make crayon drawings in the school classes, drawing in the attention of every-one else, which of course annoys Satsuki as she is all-ready in the position of being new in class.
          That of course makes Satsuki annoyed at May, but as she realises how had it is for May, Satsuki takes on the adult “Mom” role again.. since mom is gone, and gives May a hug before taking her home.

          This entire string of events is both realistic, tells a lot about the hardships of these two girls in just an ordinary world.. But is also presented in an incredible adorable and fun way. May sitting there drawing Crayon Totoro, and Satsukis school mate thinking it’s fun, being genuinly very kind to the two in this situation, is just so sweet!
          And where lesser movies would have taken this in a darker more “Conflict.” based direction to solve it in the climax, this movie just looks upon it as one of the many ways you can explore these two girls in a steady flow. It’s really nice.

          And if we managed to make you interested, our jobs are done!

          Well yeah, The Moomins are indeed a pretty special creation, almost delving into this mysterious land that could be kind of what a child have thought up, both in what a child is really afraid of and what awes a child.
          The Characters in Moomin, including the grown-ups,seems to all have this innocent childlike approach to their life and the world, and that’s how they view them.. not like us boring humans, but as the Moomins, whom are a different a bit more innocent creature.

          Tell you what i’ll cut you a deal in regard to the flak… Go buy Totoro as soon as you see it on a shelf, it shouldn’t be to exspensive at all should be rather cheap. Then see if you can invite a friend or family member over to watch it with you for a first exsperience. And all is forgotten! No worries at all ;)

          • danbreunig

            Ah, sweetness overflowing. My library system may have a few copies I could pick from. They’ll take longer to get hold of but then they’ll be free to watch. That’s how I managed to plow through all of Tove Jansson’s complete comic series a year ago.
            ADDED: wow, I just noticed–happy 1000th. Disqus vote!

        • Muthsarah

          “That is a truly rare story execution. Not all stories need antagonists,
          but they do need conflict, or at the very least a change or
          progression.”

          What all stories need is a dilemma: a problem to be solved, where the protagonist can choose to go in more than one way. You don’t need a bad guy, you don’t need violence. Just a reason to care, a goal, and, typically, a resolution. Doesn’t even have to be a happy one.

          Here, the girls’ mother being sick is a dilemma. Mei going missing is a dilemma. In Kiki’s, the title character’s frustrations with trying to find a new home, not knowing what she should be doing, frustrations with Tombo, fear of losing the Jiji she knows…all dilemmas. And that’s without even bringing the film’s climax into it.

          And stop talking about how you haven’t seen any Miyazakis. GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! You’re really missing out. Go. GO! NOW! :p

  • Skippy

    A store at our local mall has an 18″ plush Totoro but the dang thing costs $80. Tempting though. Anyone who doesn’t love Totoro is dead inside.

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