The Film: My Neighbor Totoro, Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, Japan
The Plot: A sweet film about sisters adjusting to difficult life changes with a little help from friendly wood spirit Totoro.
In Short: Light on plot but big on charm, Totoro is a lovely slice-of-life film focusing on the relationship between sisters Satsuki and Mei. The lack of an antagonist and the gentle pacing offer a welcome change from the usual 'kid' fare. A sick mother and missing child, which provide the main conflicts in the film, may be intense for some (parents as well!). Overall, a happy ending and cute creatures make this a feel-good film that is truly for everyone. An animated classic.
Rating/Age Range Guide: Rated G, Ages 4+
Where to Find it: Not currently streaming, Buy on DVD here or check local library for a copy