Tuesday, April 18, 2006

a hundred years late

So, I think I'm the last person in this world among the people who are into these things to have watched My Neighbor Totoro. Of course I loved it, that's a given. In the summer of 2003 I watched (but not paid attention to) Spirited Away almost everyday , 7 days a week for 3 weeks straight for work related reasons (a long story...), and I completely fell in love with the visuals, and when I finally did pay attention to it I completely fell in love with the characters and story so I was sure I was going to like other Miyazaki's movies. Alex and I love Spirited Away so much that "thank you Mr. Boilerman" is still a household phrase with us and it has to be said in a high pitch tone of voice (like a little girl). But I digress. I loved My Neighbor Totoro but (and please don't hate me for this) I didn't like Totoro that much. I liked the shape, all round and poofy but not so much his personality. I think the spirits in Spirited Away were stronger, but that's just my humble opinion. I did love the soot sprites (tried to look for an image but couldn't find a decent one) but again, I think you can see more of their personality in Spirited Away.

Having said that, my favorite character bar none in My Neighbor Totoro was Mei.


I loooooved that little girl!!!! She was the animated version of Tino. The
resemblance is uncanny!

Her facial expressions, the shape of her body, even her personality a little. I think she was brilliant!!!! And this also confirms my suspicion that Tino could be famous in Japan =p.

Other things I loved about the movie: the opening and closing title sequence (the bottom pics) and the little crab on the letter that Satsuki sends her mom (couldn't find an image).

All images downloaded from http://www.totoro.org.

Comments:
Hey Mery,

What did you teach in Guatemala?
Thanks for your lovely comments, as usual.

I would have to agree with you, I have loads of respect for everything Mr. Miyazaki does, but Spirited Away is by far my fave.

Have you seen "My Neighbors the Yamadas" ? It is the BEST! It isn't exactly a film, they're more like vignettes, but the story telling and the characters are so relatable. The backgrounds are full of watercolor glory and the animation is superb. It's very situational so I dunno if Tino would dig it, but you and hubby should def. check it out!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0206013/
 
I've seen a lot of japanese movies from miyazaki but not my neighbor totoro, I would like to have it in french but it's just impossible to find!!!!
Did you see the Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi???
It was fabulous!!!
Cheers Mery, hope to see you again on my blog!
 
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