Totoro: There’s a Movie Too?

I just watched My Neighbor Totoro for the first time. That’s ridiculous, for a number of reasons: I’ve seen, and loved, other movies by Hayao Miyazaki; this is one of a number of Totoroesque posts here, although the previous ones refer to the Totoro Forest Project.

I watched it with my kids: Maddie, who is 4 (and three quarters) and Max, who is 2. They were entranced, although Maddie was also upset. The mother of the two little girls in the movie is in hospital. Maddie’s mother was at work, in the Longwood medical center. But when you’re 4, and watching a movie in which a 4-yo gets lost on the way to the hospital where her mother is… Next time we watch Totoro, we should do so all together.

Anyway, come with me to a rainy bus stop, where two girls waiting for their father are joined by Big Totoro, see the bus that Totoro catches, and stay until the end of the clip for a little context.

By the way, even in this 6-minute scene, I notice differences between the subtitles in this version, and the soundtrack of the DVD. The DVD in question is the 2006 Disney version; there’s some debate (e.g., among the reviewers at Amazon) about the (de)merits of the different DVD editions.

Totoro Book Available

The Totoro Forest Project book is now available at the project website. See my previous post for an account of the project, and a sample of some of the lovely illustration contributed to it.

The very limited supply of books is expected to go soon. I wish that more had been printed, and sold through an existing online channel. That might have raised more money and awareness for the Totoro cause. Well, at least my order seems to have gone through.

Update, a few hours later: sold out.

Totoro Project Auction

Online bidding has just opened on an incredible selection of art, each piece donated to help a good cause, said cause in turn being linked with a classic movie. I refer, as Matt at Drawn already has, to the Totoro Forest Project auction.

The project blog is worth following in its own right. As the time of this typing, the blog shows “Ursalo” by Scott Morse. As a bonus link, here’s Scott’s post about the project at his own blog. I hadn’t heard of Scott before this project, and am happy to have discovered his work.

I was already familiar with some of the dozens of artists who have generously contributed work: Catia Chien, for example.

The book associated with the project will be available in about a week. I haven’t seen a price yet. I’m sure it will make a great holiday present for many people (all right, then, for me).