Tuesday, September 11, 2018

My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) in Pittsburgh, September 30, October 1, and October 3.

The classic Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) is celebrating its 30th anniversary and will play in Pittsburgh, September 30, October 1, and October 3 as part of this year's GKIDS Ghibli Fest. From a 2001 Roger Ebert review:
Miyazaki's films are above all visually enchanting, using a watercolor look for the backgrounds and working within the distinctive Japanese anime tradition of characters with big round eyes and mouths that can be as small as a dot or as big as a cavern. They also have an unforced realism in the way they notice details; early in ''Totoro,'' for example, the children look at a little waterfall near their home, and there on the bottom, unremarked, is a bottle someone threw into the stream.

The movie tells the story of two young sisters, Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe. As the story opens, their father is driving them to their new house, near a vast forest. Their mother, who is sick, has been moved to a hospital in this district. Now think about that. The film is about two girls, not two boys or a boy and a girl, as all American animated films would be. It has a strong and loving father, in contrast to the recent Hollywood fondness for bad or absent fathers. Their mother is ill; does illness exist in American animation?
The September 30 and October 3 shows are dubbed in English while the October 1 show is in Japanese with English subtitles. The film will play at the Cinemark theaters in Monaca, Monroeville, Pittsburgh Mills, and Robinson.