Essential Anime Heroines ACMI Presents

My Neighbour Totoro

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In Studio Ghibli’s classic My Neighbor Totoro, two young girls, Satsuki and Mei, move into a new home in the country with their father, while their mother recovers from illness in a nearby hospital. To their surprise, the pair soon discovers that they share their home with some rather unusual creatures and even stranger neighbours - forest guardians that the girls dub Totoro. When trouble occurs, their new friends will help them rediscover hope.

One of ACMI’s most requested films, this Studio Ghibli classic remains one of Hayao Miyazaki’s best-loved animated films. Twenty-five years on, this film definitely stands the test of time. Miyazaki filters this wondrous and at times surreal adventure through the plucky resilience of his two young female protagonists. The English language version also features talented voice work from Dakota and Elle Fanning.