Saturday, April 01, 2006

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 Some times the music seemed a little outdated, and some of it was pretty childish, which makes sense since this is a family movie.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


At April 04, 2006 5:42 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

What are you all too in awe of the catbus to comment now.... PITIFUL HUMANS!!!!

At April 06, 2006 9:34 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...


At April 06, 2006 11:56 PM, Blogger vicious dreamer said...

Fine, I'll say something...

HOLY CRAP, that cat has a huge teeth! Screw the cheshire cat, that cat bus could gobble them all up in a matter of minutes. And it SHOULD have! What's wrong with you, Miyazaki?! Can't handle a little violence in a family-film?

At April 06, 2006 11:58 PM, Blogger vicious dreamer said...

oh, by the way, it's "hear" not "here".

At April 08, 2006 12:47 AM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

Totoro should have eaten one of those kids, I mean we all thought it was going to happen. Lets think evolution here, that giant thing must have developed such a big mouth, because it needed to eat big stuff. Possibly like a small human, or animal, so it would make sense that Totoro would eat one of the children. However if you analyse the teeth of the Totoro, you will notice that they are all flat, the common teeth of a herbivore. Therefore the totoro could not eat one of the kids. DARNIT!!!


At September 17, 2008 2:40 PM, Anonymous Firenze Starfire said...

I watched this movie for the first time at the tender age of twenty years old, and I loved it. I rented this movie because it was one of Miyazaki films, and it was just next in line. I thought Kiki's Delivery Service was okay and I had no idea what to think of this movie.

I love this movie because those little girls were like me and my sister when we were young and playing in our backyard. It was like I had my childhood back for an hour. It was also the most relaxing movie I've ever seen, the pace of the movie was perfect. It had more substance than a fluffy kids movie, and the creativity was phenomenal.

Anyway, I also would LOVE to have a catbus. They are the BOMB!

I think you nailed your analysis on the movie. Well done.


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