"My Neighbor Totoro" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

Animation Miyazaki - a contact with a completely different, fantastic culture, the entrance to the parallel world. In this world, when a child comes to his parents and says that he saw the forest spirit, it is not abused, not being dragged to a psychiatrist and not accused of raging fantasy and sad to notice that adults see it is not given.
1. Shinto and the Japanese way of thinking.
To understand the film Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro", it is necessary to make a small excursion into the religious world of Japan, where peacefully coexist monotezm as Buddhism and paganism in the form of Shintoism.
Shinto in Japanese means "way of the gods (or spirits)." The pantheon of the religion has more than 8 million kami, which include the souls of the dead, the spirits of the rivers, mountains, lakes and patrons of crafts.
Shinto does not require his followers to prayer or reading of sacred texts. Suffice it to participate in the festivities and ceremonies. To send rites in Shinto constructed small temples, which are divided into two parts: internal (honden), where there is usually a symbol of the kami stored (Xingtai), and the outer hall for prayer (Haiden). Visiting the temple come into Haiden, stop in front of the altar, throw in a box in front of him a coin, bow and clap their hands, sometimes pronounced with the words of the prayer (this is possible and to himself) and go
person Goal Shinto -. Exist harmoniously with nature. It is tradition that religion is explained by the presence of almost every house let a small, but the garden or lawn with heaps of stones -.
elements of wildlife is highly significant in this respect the behavior of the father in the cartoon four-May. Learning to meet the daughter of a forest spirit, he just led daughters to the camphor tree, tied a simenavoy (rope made of rice straw and paper strips), thank the spirits for the fact that they took care of the baby.
2. The main characters and the story
cartoon plot fits in two or three sentences.
Japan, the end of the 1950s. Satsuki, Mei and his father move from the city to live in the village. Mom is sick and in the hospital.
But it's just outside the canvas. The essence of the film - a look at the world through the eyes of a child when miracles await around every corner. Fish in the creek, golden acorn, staircase, which is difficult to find a toad in the rain, the statue in the chapel - such trifling moments and consist childhood memories
The film is not so much the main characters
Satsuki Kusakabe -.. Older sister in family, brisk and nimble skinny girl with short dark hair
May -. younger sister Satsuki, a little girl with brown hair, which is still not in school. Moody and touchy, though trying to consider myself an adult
Father -. It is rather a secondary role. He teaches at the university, and on his shoulders lay the entire burden of relocation and resettlement in a new location, as well as taking care of children and the wife, who is in the hospital
Totoro -. Forest keeper, a very large hairy creature, something akin to a cat . He can not speak, and publishes only breast growling sounds. But first, in the movie there is a small white Totoro, which results in May to the middle, and then a hole, really looks like a rabbit hole of "Alice in Wonderland" girl gets already the largest spirit. By the way, "Totoro" - the word "troll", which can not utter a small child
Catbus -. A huge cat-bus. It has a very informative indicator indicating where and to whom you need to go. It finds any place, moving the most unimaginable ways and with great speed. He sees in the dark, emitting rays of light from the eye. And it is a personal means of transportation Totoro.
3. The world of "Totoro»
permeates the entire film is a simple, but often overlooked concept, the law that binds the family, village community and the entire world - the care and assistance in relation to those around. Caring without reward and praise, but it is a daily, continuous active participation. Just because it is necessary:. To give an umbrella to anyone who gets wet in the rain, making breakfast a close, the world rush to comb the pond, which could drown
Satsuki Mei meets Totoro first time at the bus stop in the rain and did not hesitate and gave him my father's umbrella. A village boy, in turn, leaves her with his sister his umbrella when they are on the way home from school in the chapel sheltering duha- patron saint of children.
This cartoon should be a must-see for children and adults. Wise Japanese have even included it in the school curriculum.
9 out of 10

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