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★★★★★ If there's one studio reboot that seems immune to criticism (and today, we're lumped with about ten per week) it's Japanese animation guru Hayao Miyazaki's heartwarming My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro, 1988). Partially, its success is all in the timing: in the 1970s, animé was moulded for television, therefore slight, local and far from spectacular. Miyazaki took off in a different direction, angling for a new feature film audience and an international one at that - both of which he earned after exploding the commercial market with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika, 1984).
Set in rural Japan, 1958, Totoro follows two young girls, Mei and Satsuki, as they relocate to the country to be closer to their hospitalised mother (a throwback to Miyazaki's own childhood). Curiously, the girls encounter Totoro, a lovably owlish creature who leads them on fantastical adventures through the forest, providing »
- CineVue UK
The Amherst Cinema in Amherst, Massachusetts will screen seven Studio Ghibli films, including From Up on Poppy Hill, in March-April as a part of the theater’s “Miyazaki Festival.” The festival will also screen Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away in Japanese with English subtitles.
The film follows a group of Yokohama teens in their quest against a wrecking ball that threatens to destroy their school’s clubhouse in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
North American distributor GKids has acquired the rights the film. GKids will screen the film in Los Angeles and New York on March 15th, 2013. “Big cities” will then receive the film in the following two weeks, and still more cities the week after. »
- Vesna Sunrider
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