My Neighbor Totoro
Alright I know what you people are thinking, "Rabbit-man Totoro is a freaking children's movie, first you watch a girl movie and then this?!?!?!? what is the matter with you?" However the more important question really is "Rabbit-man you are British why didn't you spell neighbor, neigbour like you british people do?" Well there's no good reason, so get in the kitchen and make me supper fool. Now for some funny trivia about this movie, firstly Totoro was shown in tandem with a similarly happy little movie called grave of the fireflies, about two children happily living through the horrors of World War II (that ladies and Gentleman is sarcasm). No wonder it did so bad in the Japanese box office. In fact according to wikipedia this movie wasn't even profitable until they unleashed the Totoro plush dolls on the world. Those crazy kids love those things I mean look at this picture right here wouldn't you want one of these things. Think of all the hours you can spend disecting it.
With those important questions answered let's go on to the review NOOOWWWW!!!!!
Visual Quality-20 points. Amazingly this movie looks better than kiki's delivery service, a movie that was made a year after this one. The backgrounds are beautiful, and the character designs are awesome. There is a cat that is also a bus in this, did you hear that, a cat that is a freaking bus. NO I don't think you understand it is a cat, and it's insides look like a bus with little seats and everything, HOLY SHIT, I need one of those.
Plot-33 points. There is no plot in this movie, so it is kind of hard to grade this section, since most of the story is driven by the characters. The movie basically revolves around two sisters whose mom is hospitalized with an unknown disease, and their adventures with the totoro, forest spirits, they befriend. This movie, like kiki's delivery service is just a simple look at life with a mix of the fantastic thrown in.
Characters-29 points. This movie excels in this area, there are times when you wonder how they can make these characters so believeable. This movie can do no wrong in the character category, since it devotes so much time to character development. I only had a minor problem with the fact that the catbus, and the Totoro were not in there more. That catbus was so awesome.
Music-9 points. Some times the music seemed a little outdated, and some of it was pretty childish, which makes sense since this is a family movie. All the rest of the music was awesome though.
Visual Quality-20 points, Plot-33 points, Characters-29 points, Music-9 points.
Overall score-91 points