i’ve heard about these cute things far back and seen lots of picture or merchandise of it
but i actually watch the movie last monday (2007/03/12) at school!! huehehehehehe
an animation movie by the famous Studio Ghibli which also produced the masterpiece “Kaze no Tani no Nausikaa/Nausica of the Valley of the Wind” (1984) and other hits such as “Hotaru no Haka/Grave of the Fireflies” (1988), “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away” (2001), “Hauru no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004), etc
“Tonari no Totoro” focused on two sisters; Kusakabe Satsuki (11) and Mei (5). since their mother was sick and treated in a special hospital far from the city, Satsuki moved to an old house in a nearby village along with Mei and their father, a teacher
tomboy Satsuki and cute Mei were quite active, so they considered moving to the urban was just another adventure. despite stories about spirits in their house, they kept on being cheerful and happily ran around
then, one day Mei accidentally met Totoro. Mei intended to say ‘troll’ in Japanese pronunciation, which was actually ‘torooru’, but she mistaken by calling the round, furry creature as Totoro
there were three Totoros; Oo-totoro, the biggest one with grey-white fur and deep, big voice; Chuu-totoro, the middle one with blue-white fur and middle-toned voice; and Chibi-totoro, the smallest with whole white fur and squeaking cute voice
Totoro live in a gigantic kusanoki (champor tree) beneath the dense forest close to the sisters’ house. Mei saw Chuu-totoro and Chibi-totoro marching in her garden, followed them to the forest, and finally met Oo-totoro
Satsuki also met Oo-totoro while waiting for her father with Mei on a bus stop in a rainy night. Oo-totoro kept them company before leaving on a weird cat-like bus, the Nekobasu (Cat Bus ^^), a brown-furred creature with wide grinning smile, lots of windows, and a magically adjusting door
on a hot summer night, Totoro brought the girls in a magical travel in the sky, using an umbrella Satsuki gave Oo-totoro
one day while their father was off working, Satsuki received news about her mother’s declining condition. in panic, she argued with Mei and the younger sister ended up missing. Satsuki ran to Totoro for help. riding the multiple-legged and invisible to others (!) Nekobasu, she sought her little sister, finding Mei crying in the middle of nowhere in the night
Nekobasu and Totoro knew about the girls’ concern. so, Satsuki and Mei were taken to a brief visit to their mother’s hospital without their parents’ notice and went back home
Oo-totoro was so adorable!!!!!!! T__T
Nekobasu was funny too!!!!!
also Chuu-totoro and Chibi-totoro!!!!!!
well, the story was touching (though not as tragic as “Hotaru no Haka”), the movie was so Ghibli, the soundtrack was unbelievable funny, and most of all, TOTORO!!!!!!! T__T
i wanna have totoro…….