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(Roger Ebert)   Why kids love My Neighbor Totoro despite fact that it breaks all the rules for kids' movies   ( rogerebert.com) divider line
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2017-03-19 12:13:08 AM  
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Totoro rocks.
 
2017-03-19 03:06:30 AM  
Wall O' Text.
 
2017-03-19 03:53:23 AM  
Which rules are these?
 
2017-03-19 04:57:43 AM  
It really is a wonderful movie, the first time I saw it, it went none of the places I expected it to go.
 
2017-03-19 06:04:49 AM  

sickb0y: It really is a wonderful movie, the first time I saw it, it went none of the places I expected it to go.


Nananananananananana CATBUS!
 
2017-03-19 06:23:13 AM  
Because Totoro is freakin' awesome and Catbus rocks!

/doesn't have kids
//forces other people's kids to watch this movie
 
2017-03-19 06:48:47 AM  
It was a fun movie, but Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service are my favorites.
 
2017-03-19 07:00:38 AM  
It's a wall o'text that repeats itself a little but there are little gems in there:

When Roger Ebert asked Miyazaki about the "gratuitous motion" in his films-the bits of realist texture, like sighs and gestures-Miyazaki told Ebert that he was invoking the Japanese concept of "ma." Miyazaki clapped three times, and then said, "The time in between my clapping is ma."

/read it but skimmed some paras.
 
2017-03-19 07:57:53 AM  
Buttfarking Christ, subby. Totoro MAKES the rules about kids' movies.
 
2017-03-19 08:14:45 AM  
You know when you have a house full of kids and they are running around making a ton of noise and driving you nuts so you tell them to go outside?  That's what that entire movie felt like.  Go outside, movie.
 
2017-03-19 09:38:37 AM  
Love that movie. Still randomly go around humming the To-toro, To-toro song. Reminded me of the magic and helplessness of childhood, those endless summer days, magic just around the corner if you could just find the secret door.
 
2017-03-19 09:52:10 AM  
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2017-03-19 10:02:37 AM  
I liked the movie and decided to show it to my sister and two children.

Everything was going fine until that scene when the Dad and girls are bathing together.

The look of "WTF are you showing our children" on my sister and brother in laws face was priceless.  It caused me to remind them it was a G rated movie and in other cultures they do things differently.  The two kids were oblivious to what the fuss was about.
 
2017-03-19 10:50:41 AM  
All the rules? There's a full frontal nude shot of an impossibly well-hung man shouting profanities and snorting coke while he rapes a screaming farm animal, and then a monstrous giant naked woman stomps in and chomps his head in half with her fanged talking vagina, spilling blood and brains everywhere?

It's an anime and I only saw the TV cut, so sure, I guess I wouldn't be too surprised to hear that was in the original version.
 
2017-03-19 12:10:09 PM  
Totoro is awesome.  But, if you watch it as it was originally shown in theaters in Japan, as the second movie in a double header with Grave of the Fireflies, that scene where they find the sandal in the lake is very, very depressing.  But it's a great movie.  Mei and the Kitten Bus is also a great little short, but you can only see it one month out of the year at the Ghibli Museum in Japan.
 
2017-03-19 12:21:56 PM  

EdgeRunner: All the rules? There's a full frontal nude shot of an impossibly well-hung man shouting profanities and snorting coke while he rapes a screaming farm animal, and then a monstrous giant naked woman stomps in and chomps his head in half with her fanged talking vagina, spilling blood and brains everywhere?

It's an anime and I only saw the TV cut, so sure, I guess I wouldn't be too surprised to hear that was in the original version.


That's "My Love Slave Totoro".
 
2017-03-19 12:40:04 PM  
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2017-03-19 12:42:58 PM  

1nsanilicious: I liked the movie and decided to show it to my sister and two children.

Everything was going fine until that scene when the Dad and girls are bathing together.

The look of "WTF are you showing our children" on my sister and brother in laws face was priceless.  It caused me to remind them it was a G rated movie and in other cultures they do things differently.  The two kids were oblivious to what the fuss was about.


It is one of my daughter's favorite movies. I sent it to my mom's house one weekend so she could watch it with the grandkids. Cue the 'I am not a prude, but did you know...?" text messages. I watched it alot as a kid, so I am unsure how it went unnoticed for so long by her.

I still love that movie. It is kinda cute how all the adults never once ridicule or doubt that the little girls are seeing these things.
 
2017-03-19 12:47:41 PM  

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Dajm people are gullible.
 
2017-03-19 01:12:45 PM  
About 2 decades ago, I loaned my copy of 'My Neighbor Totoro' to a co-worker - a married man with kids.  He watched it and was blown away.  "I never *dreamed* that you could have a story with that much tension and suspense with no violence at all!"
 
2017-03-19 01:19:48 PM  
P. S. - we introduced Aunt Nancy to Totoro and bought a copy for her to take home to middle-of-farking-nowhere in north central PA.

We heard from her two weeks later.  She had showed it to her granddaughter, her granddaughter invited in all her friends - and the local video stores didn't know what hit them.  They had a tidal wave of people coming in looking for all of this stuff they could get.  'What the hell is a Miyazaki?', they were asking.

... and our subversive work there was done.
 
2017-03-19 01:58:51 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: P. S. - we introduced Aunt Nancy to Totoro and bought a copy for her to take home to middle-of-farking-nowhere in north central PA.

We heard from her two weeks later.  She had showed it to her granddaughter, her granddaughter invited in all her friends - and the local video stores didn't know what hit them.  They had a tidal wave of people coming in looking for all of this stuff they could get.  'What the hell is a Miyazaki?', they were asking.

... and our subversive work there was done.

When I lived out in the middle of nowhere for a while I was quite amused to find that our one local video rental place had Princess Mononoke... in the adult section. Apparently the owner could not be convinced that any anime was not pure filth. As far as the people that worked there knew, he had never watched it. It just sat there because no one in this small town knew what it was.
 
2017-03-19 01:59:35 PM  

TheGrayCat: Because Totoro is freakin' awesome and Catbus rocks!

/doesn't have kids
//forces other people's kids to watch this movie


This.  I wasn't aware that the movie was a hit with kids, just with Japanophile nerds with the money to spend on (at the time) illegal imported DVDs and/or players that failed to implement region encoding.
 
2017-03-19 02:19:45 PM  
What made me love Totoro over other studio Ghibli movies of the same year,
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is the distinct lack of firebombing of cities.
 
2017-03-19 06:54:11 PM  

Cheese eating surrender monkey: What made me love Totoro over other studio Ghibli movies of the same year,
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is the distinct lack of firebombing of cities.


Ghibli was founded in part with a government endowmen, and one of the conditions to get the money was to make a culturally relevant work. So Grave and Totoro are really sister movies that were released together and owe one another for existing.
 
2017-03-19 11:16:06 PM  
As far as I can tell, there are two camps when it comes to Totoro. Either you don't get it at all, or you're wrong.
 
2017-03-20 01:43:45 AM  
Okay, so i'm watching it for the first time right now. It is thoroughly enjoyable, even at my age.

And, the scenes with Eric Cartman and Cthulhu in "The Coon Trilogy" are an obvious homage to the scene where Mei first meets the big Totoro.
 
2017-03-20 07:17:02 AM  
I friend likes to watch it when she is sad.

She also thinks it is the movie most full of properly done "cute"
 
2017-03-20 07:19:00 AM  

doglover: Cheese eating surrender monkey: What made me love Totoro over other studio Ghibli movies of the same year,
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is the distinct lack of firebombing of cities.

Ghibli was founded in part with a government endowmen, and one of the conditions to get the money was to make a culturally relevant work. So Grave and Totoro are really sister movies that were released together and owe one another for existing.


That's probably why I usually watch Totoro after Grave. Man, that movie hits you hard, even if you know what's about to happen.
It was on TV about three weeks ago, and I thought, why not, I know how it ends and I'm a grown-ass man (also a grown ass-man, but that's neither here nor there). Surely I can take it.

Turned me into a blubbering mess. Again.
 
2017-03-20 10:28:40 AM  
EdgeRunner:
It's an anime and I only saw the TV cut, so sure, I guess I wouldn't be too surprised to hear that was in the original version.

Miyazaki is on record of hating anime.
 
2017-03-20 10:50:57 AM  
Miyazaki is on record of hating anime.

He wha-?

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2017-03-20 11:17:37 AM  
It's really simple - Kids love Totoro (and a lot of other stuff they watch), precisely because the stakes are LOW.

Many kids (mine included) are at various stages of figuring out how to separate narrative fiction from reality, and can be very sensitive to watching empathetic characters in peril.  I'll never forget the "trauma" inflicted on our daughter when we tried to get her to watch, of all things, Cinderella, or The Tigger Movie, at too-young an age.  Watching Lucifer chase Gus, or Tigger caught in an avalanche made our daughter very stressed.

There's a reason why most kids shows seem inane to adults - nothing much happens.  Western dramatic conventions require some measure of conflict to drive a story, but the conflict of stuff like My Little Pony, Doc McStuffins, etc. is small scale and easily processed and resolved.   The only difference between those kids shows and Totoro is that the latter managed to keep the stakes relatively low while actually being beautiful and treating all of the topics seriously, rather than with camp, in a movie-length format, rather than a 11- or 22-minute story.
 
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