Anime icon My Neighbor Totoro returns to the big screen

As previously reported here, Studio Ghibli Fest is back for a return engagement in select theaters this year, offering a chance to catch some of the more obscure and fantastical creations to come out of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s operation on the big screen — as they were meant to be seen.

My Neighbor Totoro, from 1988, screens on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and 3. This iconic family favorite also deals with siblings and their encounters with friendly forest spirits in rural postwar Japan during their mother’s illness.

When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece featuring the voices of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, in a classic tale of magic and adventure for the whole family.

The Sunday and Wednesday screenings will be dubbed in English, while the Monday showing is in the original Japanese presented with English subtitles.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, My Neighbor Totoro is also available in a DVD/Blu-ray combo set.

Studio Ghibli Fest tickets and details are available at

Studio Ghibli films returning to cinemas

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