My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

HOLY TOTORO (all praise to His Great Comfy-ness) CAN THIS BE ANY SWEETER. Like, a family moves into an old creature-infested dwelling and the dad goes “I’ve always wanted to live in a haunted house!” before they all giggle away bogeymen while in the bath. Adorable slice-of-life fare and mystical exploration (the tree-growing was one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever seen) give way to just the right amount of emotional suspense and payoff at the end (destination: Mei). Wonderfully scored.

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