2014 Blind Spot Series: My Neighbor Totoro
What I knew going in: This was meant to be a companion piece of sorts to the insanely depressing Grave of the Fireflies. And I have a ton of memories of commercials for this movie when it was dubbed the first time back in 1998.
I watched this movie with my three year old son. The film follows a family who moves to the country side and finds some friendly spirits in and around their house. Here's a breakdown of our experience.
5 minutes in - "Can we watch Ninja Turtles?"
10 minutes in - "Mommy, Ninja Turtles."
20 minutes in - "Ninja Turtles"
Cat bus appears -
Me: "See, that kitty is a bus!"
Kid: "Kitties can't be buses!"
Me: "Yes they can, see."
Me: *laughs at son's ridiculous response to the cat bus*
Kid: "IT'S NOT FUNNY!"
Then he got up and walked away so I finished this movie alone like a loser. Despite it not being his cup of tea (and I'm really not sure why, he watches a variety of stuff) I thought My Neighbor Totoro was a very sweet film. It felt so different from any other children's movie I've seen. It was very imaginative and it didn't once get into depressing territory like I was afraid it would. (The girls' mother was sick)
Memorable Quote: "I'm not afraid" - Mei (Elle Fanning in the version I watched)
Although let's be real, I didn't like that cat bus either. Mostly because it had windows that were like holes in the cat's body and I don't like holey things and this is getting weird so I'll leave it at that.