When I watch a scary movie I prefer a fair amount of the fear and dread to come from my own imagination. I want atmosphere and anticipation and a good story. Tonight I nearly watched a horror flick with my mom but the second it began it was filled with blood and knife wielding and a battered tied up woman screaming and that was enough for us. sort of too much too soon. So instead we ended up watching a really cute, albeit culturally confused, old anime called My Neighbor Toturro (by Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli). I’m not an anime fan but somehow this one ended up in my netflix queue. I think it was during a stop motion kick we were on…anyway it was here, so we watched it and I have to say those are same damn cute, somewhat creepy wood sprites. Who wouldn’t fall in love with that fat furry guy with his mouth and eyes that can go from pin points to enormous bulging chompy things? Adorable.
Here’s the most endearing scene with Totoro –
and some of the other sprites
Here’s the cat bus, which seemed to borrow strongly from the Cheshire cat in style, but with a bunch more legs and well…a bus body.
This movie is over 20 years old and the artwork and animation hold up to today’s standards for sure. The story is okay, but for me it’s all about the scenes with the sprites. If you have kids, it’s a must. Otherwise, give it a chance anyway and hang in there until the strange creatures of the forest start appearing. They’ll most likely win you over.
See you next week!