Though Hayao Miyazaki’s Totoro is an animated movie and not photography, I felt that it would be nice to write a post about something that I grew up with and has since been a source of inspiration for me. (Miyazaki also directed the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away.)

The character Totoro is kind of like a giant bear-cat that is the spirit of the trees and protects nature and young children in this fictional Japanese town. He’s really large. Maybe about the size of 3 Shaquille O’Neal’s in height, and 2 Shaqs in width. He flies. On a giant spinning top. And has an obsession with umbrellas. He has mini-Totoros who follow him around and collect acorns. He also rides in a giant cat-bus.

Here’s a link to the trailer:



Totoro is also the trademark character of Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli. It is important to note that a lot of the emotion of Miyazaki’s movies come not only from the animation—which has a unique way of merging reality with worlds that seem to come from children’s imaginations–but also from the soundtracks of the movies. Joe Hisaishi is the creator of all of these stunning soundtracks… but that’s a topic that could be an essay in and of itself. I’ll stop here before I get too carried away.

Watch Totoro! Everything is hand-drawn animation.


~ by robinlam on November 14, 2009.

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