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My Neighbor Totoro, Studio Ghibli, 1988

This movie was my vicarious childhood. I can’t look at these images without having a deep emotional response. Recently I re-watched the film in Japanese without subtitles, and focused on the artistry of the film. I ended up taking 400+ screencaps, and I saw things and understood parts of the film I had never seen or understood before. And I’ve watched this film easily over 100 times. 

Here are some images that most typify Totoro to me: the extreme care and detail put into the sorts of things a child would notice, the near lacquer shine of an acorn, the rust on a bucket, the tenderness of newly sprouted seeds, the texture on an old wall… and so many of these images aren’t on-screen for more than a few seconds. 

There is an absolute poetry to how Miyazaki et al portray the everyday, the mundane, and make it magical. In a way, I love the minutiae of Totoro even more than I love the magic. And I love the magic quite a bit.

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    "I can’t look at these images without having a deep emotional response." Yes.
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