Animation Breakdown presents STUDIO GHIBLI

Cinefamily super-proudly presents a ten-film, month-long retrospective of Studio Ghibli, the legendary Japanese animation house led by visionary genius director Hayao Miyazaki! Started in the mid-1980s, Studio Ghibli has brought to life some of the most breathtaking and colorful wonders in the history of film. Whether you’re age 9 or age 90 — or even somewhere in-between — you’ll be moved, tickled, and thrilled by these landmark works of animation. In addition to evening shows, we also have weekend matinees of certain key titles, presented with English-dubbed audio tracks (for the kiddies!)

 

Watch the trailer for our “Studio Ghibli” retrospective!




The following four showtimes are presented with an English-dubbed audio track:
Spirited Away, May 6th, 2PM
Howl’s Moving Castle, May 10th, 10PM
My Neighbor Totoro, May 26th, 2PM
Ponyo, May 27th, 5PM

 

BUY TICKETS ($12/free for members. Showtimes subject to change)
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MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO – Friday, May 4: 8:00pm, 10:15pm, Sunday, May 6: 7:45pm, 9:50pm, Saturday, May 26: 2:00pm
SPIRITED AWAY – Sunday, May 6: 2:00pm, Saturday, May 12: 5:00pm, 8:00pm
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE – Wednesday, May 9: 10:00pm
PORCO ROSSO – Thursday, May 10: 10:00pm
CASTLE IN THE SKY – Friday, May 11: 8:00pm
NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND – Saturday, May 26: 7:30pm, 10:15pm
PONYO – Sunday, May 27: 5:00pm
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE – Thursday, May 31: 7:30pm
POM POKO – Thursday, May 31: 9:50pm
PRINCESS MONONOKE -Friday, June 1st: 10:30pm, Sunday, June 3rd: 7:30pm

Princess Mononoke (subtitled, 6/3, 7:30pm)

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6/3/2012 - 7:30PM

Following the hijinks and aviation exploits of Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso, Miyazaki returned to his adventure epic roots with Princess Mononoke — a film that secured Miyazaki’s name among Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi and Naruse as one of the absolute masters of Japanese cinema. After slaying a wild boar demon gone mad in order to defend his village, the local prince is cursed in his right hand, granting him incredible strength while slowly killing him. Taking off on a quest to expel the curse, he instead discovers a world thrown off-balance by industrial greed and careless for the environment — and a girl raised by wolves who holds the key to reverse it all. Twelve years in development, and with more than half of the film’s 144,000(!) animation cels personally supervised by Miyazaki himself, each frame of Princess Mononoke is something to relish, with a visual style rooted in woodblock prints, pop-fantasy aesthetics, Japan’s natural beauty and ancient figures and masks of the Jōmon period. No saccharine eco-fable, Princess Mononoke is one of the most deeply moving animated adventures ever drawn.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1997, 35mm, 134 min.

Princess Mononoke (subtitled, 6/1, 10:30pm)

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6/1/2012 - 10:30PM

Following the hijinks and aviation exploits of Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso, Miyazaki returned to his adventure epic roots with Princess Mononoke — a film that secured Miyazaki’s name among Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi and Naruse as one of the absolute masters of Japanese cinema. After slaying a wild boar demon gone mad in order to defend his village, the local prince is cursed in his right hand, granting him incredible strength while slowly killing him. Taking off on a quest to expel the curse, he instead discovers a world thrown off-balance by industrial greed and careless for the environment — and a girl raised by wolves who holds the key to reverse it all. Twelve years in development, and with more than half of the film’s 144,000(!) animation cels personally supervised by Miyazaki himself, each frame of Princess Mononoke is something to relish, with a visual style rooted in woodblock prints, pop-fantasy aesthetics, Japan’s natural beauty and ancient figures and masks of the Jōmon period. No saccharine eco-fable, Princess Mononoke is one of the most deeply moving animated adventures ever drawn.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1997, 35mm, 134 min.

Pom Poko (subtitled)

Shape-shifting racoons with a taste for pranks!
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5/31/2012 - 9:50PM

Who can blame the magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs (aka tanuki) of Tama Hill for staging elaborate pranks to irritate humankind — especially when their homes haven been ravaged by industry, theme-park goons have taken credit for their mythic powers, and their minds have been clouded by an insatiable desire for leftover burgers? Studio co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) directs this astonishing entry in the Ghibli canon, which quickly became the number-one 1994 box office smash in Japan (eat that, SpaceGodzilla!) Pom Poko pairs the sumptuous visual fantasies of traditional Japanese folklore with a modern ecological conscience, to become a sort of supernatural Watership Down. But, make no mistake: Pom Poko is the family film with a message that also features eye-popping ghost parades, and animals flying to earth on kamikaze missions using their testicles as parachutes. As outrageous as it is heartfelt, Pom Poko will either make you laugh, cry, or morph into a tanuki yourself. Just don’t forget to stock up on snacks! Our screening of Pom Poko is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Dir. Isao Takahata, 1994, 35mm, 119 min.

Watch excerpts from “Pom Poko”!
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Kiki's Delivery Service (subtitled)

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5/31/2012 - 7:30PM

A true visual and thematic forebear to Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service is a sumptuous example of Miyazaki’s singular ability to meld playfulness and melancholy in the service of a beautiful story. In a world inspired end-to-end by quaint Swedish villages, 13-year-old witch Kiki and her garrulous feline cohort embark on the traditional “year away from home,” a right of passage meant to nudge witches into greater comfort with their powers. Kiki’s burgeoning ability with a flying broom (and with little else) inspires her to start up a courier service, introducing her to a yellow brick road of colorful characters who change her through quiet inspiration and stubborn affection. The real power in Kiki’s Delivery Service lies in its gentlest subtleties; utilizing his bottomless powers of cinematic invention and Frank Herbert-level worldbuilding to enhance the tiptoe discoveries of a charming pre-teen, Miyazaki coaxes this otherwise simple coming-of-age journey into truly sublime territory.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1989, 35mm, 103 min.

Ponyo (dubbed)

The final feature film from Hayao Miyazaki!
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5/27/2012 - 5PM

One of cinema’s most visually striking evocations of the ocean’s ineffable, mercurial magic, Hiyao Miyazaki’s final feature film is a boy-meets-goldfish tale whose charm is as vast as the sea itself. Gently exploring friendship and familial love, the story is as timeless as the Hans Christian Andersen “Little Mermaid” fable that inspired Miyazaki’s script, yet Ponyo also deftly dives through contemporary themes — particularly humanity’s strained relationship with nature. Both a triumphant return to tradition and an experimental leap forward, Miyazaki abandoned all computer animation for Ponyo’s dramatic coastal landscapes and typically-bizarre characters, relying on hand-drawn lines and watercolored textures that are unmatched in their warmth, fluidity, and inventiveness. The director even reportedly drew much of the film’s many waves himself to ensure their texture and movement was just right. Whether you’re an animation connoisseur or a casual cartoon watcher, that kind of big-heartedness shines through in every frame. Our screening of Ponyo is presented with an English-dubbed audio track.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2008, 35mm, 101 min.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (subtitled, 5/26, 10:15PM)

Essential science fiction cinema!
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5/26/2012 - 10:15PM

The post-apocalyptic epic that launched an animation empire! After decades of for-hire animation work, Hayao Miyazaki was finally given the personal freedom to adapt his own singular manga series: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind>. The results, which enabled the foundation of Studio Ghibli, are the stuff of legend. The environmentally conscious, glider-riding heroine and her enormous insect friends are matched by immersive art direction and a classic synth-soaked score. Swashbuckling action? Check. Toxic jungles, biomechanical “God Warriors” and richly detailed alternate universe to scale? Triple check. Inspired as much by French fantasists like Moebius and Reneé Laloux as any anime, Nausicaä‘s future-primitive aesthetic has aged better than other animation half its vintage. If you’ve only seen Miyazaki’s later work like Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä will be a revelation, earning a permanent place in your imagination. Essential science fiction cinema. Our screening of Nausicaä is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1984, 35mm, 116 min.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (subtitled, 5/26, 7:30pm)

Essential science fiction cinema!
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5/26/2012 - 7:30PM

The post-apocalyptic epic that launched an animation empire! After decades of for-hire animation work, Hayao Miyazaki was finally given the personal freedom to adapt his own singular manga series: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind>. The results, which enabled the foundation of Studio Ghibli, are the stuff of legend. The environmentally conscious, glider-riding heroine and her enormous insect friends are matched by immersive art direction and a classic synth-soaked score. Swashbuckling action? Check. Toxic jungles, biomechanical “God Warriors” and richly detailed alternate universe to scale? Triple check. Inspired as much by French fantasists like Moebius and Reneé Laloux as any anime, Nausicaä‘s future-primitive aesthetic has aged better than other animation half its vintage. If you’ve only seen Miyazaki’s later work like Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä will be a revelation, earning a permanent place in your imagination. Essential science fiction cinema. Our screening of Nausicaä is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1984, 35mm, 116 min.

My Neighbor Totoro (dubbed) 5/26

To-to-ro, Totoro! To-to-ro, Totoro!
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5/26/2012 - 2PM

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s most biographical and affectionate creation, My Neighbor Totoro has given rise to the most recognized, reproduced and well-loved monsters in Studio Ghibli’s canon. Evocative and immaculately designed, the sweet compelling quality of this film remains undiminished by exposure. Here, we enter a modern, yet nostalgic world of rice paddies, adorably thrill-thirsty young gals (Satsuki & Mei), and the majestic reverence of nature we have come to recognize from this animation giant. But within this tranquil realm there lies a dormant mythical creature so huge, so powerful and so terrifyingly cute that one can only squeal with glee at the sight of him, jumping instantly onto his big fluffy belly. Unforgettably iconic interactions with fabled floating “soot sprites”, a giant multi-legged cat-bus and the cuddly king of the forest himself, make this classic animation treasure too gorgeous to miss. Our May 26th presentation of My Neighbor Totoro is presented with an English-dubbed audio track.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, 35mm, 86 min.

Spirited Away (subtitled, 5/12, 8:00pm)

Miyazaki's greatest triumph!
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5/12/2012 - 8PM

“It’s a masterpiece, pure and simple — certainly the finest thing that the distinctive Japanese style of animation, called anime, has produced — and a film that can stand with the Disney classics of the ‘30s and ‘40s in the range of its imagination and the quality of its execution.” — Dave Kehr, New York Times

Completely wiping off the table all preconceived notions of anime by simply being one of the greatest animated features ever inked, this richly envisioned tale — which truly astounds with every beautifully conceptualized moment — is a timeless triumph of style, storytelling, color, texture, wonderment, emotionality and pretty much any other category you can dream up. Separated from her parents on a chance outing to a ghost-town amusement park, ten-year-old Chihiro is engulfed in a mind-boggling spirit world whose ever-shifting landscapes resemble a M.C. Escher-inspired “Legend Of Zelda” labyrinth — one teeming with a multitude of yokai folklore monsters to boot. Like Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” (who provides much inspiration here), all of Chihiro’s learned tasks, brave interactions, and blossoming emotions are symbolic of the trials of childhood — and are rendered by Miyazaki in a perfect balance of humor, horror and unabashed surrealism. Like all of cinema’s great masterpieces, Spirited Away can only truly be experienced on the big screen, so get over here NOW and see it with us! Our May 12th presentation of Spirited Away is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, 35mm, 125 min.

Spirited Away (subtitled, 5/12, 5:00pm)

Miyazaki's greatest triumph!
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5/12/2012 - 5PM

“It’s a masterpiece, pure and simple — certainly the finest thing that the distinctive Japanese style of animation, called anime, has produced — and a film that can stand with the Disney classics of the ‘30s and ‘40s in the range of its imagination and the quality of its execution.” — Dave Kehr, New York Times

Completely wiping off the table all preconceived notions of anime by simply being one of the greatest animated features ever inked, this richly envisioned tale — which truly astounds with every beautifully conceptualized moment — is a timeless triumph of style, storytelling, color, texture, wonderment, emotionality and pretty much any other category you can dream up. Separated from her parents on a chance outing to a ghost-town amusement park, ten-year-old Chihiro is engulfed in a mind-boggling spirit world whose ever-shifting landscapes resemble a M.C. Escher-inspired “Legend Of Zelda” labyrinth — one teeming with a multitude of yokai folklore monsters to boot. Like Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” (who provides much inspiration here), all of Chihiro’s learned tasks, brave interactions, and blossoming emotions are symbolic of the trials of childhood — and are rendered by Miyazaki in a perfect balance of humor, horror and unabashed surrealism. Like all of cinema’s great masterpieces, Spirited Away can only truly be experienced on the big screen, so get over here NOW and see it with us! Our May 12th presentation of Spirited Away is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, 35mm, 125 min.

Castle in the Sky (subtitled)

The very first high-soaring Ghibli feature!
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5/11/2012 - 8PM

Come soar with the first feature ever created by Studio Ghibli! Castle In The Sky finds Ghibli maestro Hayao Miyazaki in full-blown visionary mode, confidently piloting another high-altitude adventure — one stuffed this time around with magic levitation crystals, giant robots, and wisecracking steampunk sky pirates. The adventure of two orphans on a fated mission to restore order to Laputa (Earth’s last floating city) is steeped in familiar film fantasies, but is far too much fun to ever feel trite. From the film’s opening airship escape to its spellbinding finale, Miyazaki’s flair for imaginative worldbuilding elevates the intricately conceived dream architecture and gripping action sequences that would soon become Ghibli’s stock-in-trade. Castle in the Sky remains a seminal moment, encapsulating Miyazaki’s obsessions while providing a framework for everything that was to follow. Our screening of Castle In The Sky is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1986, 35mm, 126 min.

Watch the trailer for “Castle In The Sky”! (NOTE: This trailer contains scenes from the English-dubbed version of the film. Cinefamily’s May 11th screening of the film is in Japanese with English subtitles.)
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Porco Rosso (subtitled)

A perfect storm of Miyazaki madness!
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5/10/2012 - 10PM

Porco Rosso is a perfect storm of Miyazaki madness: a stylish, dizzy aerial adventure tracking the intrigue and romantic exploits of a heroic fighter pilot — one who just happens to be an anthropomorphic pig! Set in Italy between the World Wars, Porco Rosso follows Marco Pagot, a flying ace rendered porcine (but no less valiant or capable) by a magical curse. The “Crimson Pig” divides his time between bounty-hunting feuds with sea pirates, and Casablanca-inspired passages reminiscing with his old flame Gina, beautiful owner of the Hotel Adriano. Based on Miyazaki’s manga “Hikōtei Jidai”, the story centers around the epic, escalating duel between Porco and dashing American blowhard Donald Curtis, who makes for a delicious rival, due in large part to his shifting loyalties and romantic intentions toward the women in Porco’s life. Complete with thrilling, complex airborne battles, this tender, reverent, underrated homage to chivalrous post-war cinema is pure luxurious escapism that gets even better with repeated viewings!
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1992, 35mm, 94 min.

Watch an excerpt from “Porco Rosso”!
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Howl's Moving Castle (dubbed)

A moving tale for both the heart and mind!
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5/9/2012 - 10PM

“An organic, childlike wonder, fabulously unpredictable and seethingly inventive. I haven’t in years seen an American film, live-action or not, that has attended so carefully to the details of aging, gravity, destruction, and atmosphere.” — Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

Amongst the machinations of a hyper-saturated, stupendously detailed steampunk-meets-Sound Of Music universe, Hayao Miyazaki evolves Spirited Away’s theme of “navigating into adulthood” by taking you on a beautiful and fantastical journey into old age, rebirth and beyond. Sophie is an unconfident young woman cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, and her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent, yet insecure young wizard and his companions living inside a magical, roving behemoth contraption that’s part-motor home, part-ancient castle. Combining a meditation on the effects of aging with a heartfelt anti-war message (Miyazaki has stated that the film’s impassioned anti-war message was directly inspired by America’s 2002 invasion of Iraq), Howl’s Moving Castle is a film as rich as it is poetically righteous. A moving tale for both the heart and the mind. Our presentation of Howl’s Moving Castle is presented with an English-dubbed audio track.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2004, 35mm, 119 min.

Watch the trailer for “Howl’s Moving Castle”!
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My Neighbor Totoro (subtitled, 5/6, 9:50pm)

To-to-ro, Totoro! To-to-ro, Totoro!
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5/6/2012 - 9:50PM

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s most biographical and affectionate creation, My Neighbor Totoro has given rise to the most recognized, reproduced and well-loved monsters in Studio Ghibli’s canon. Evocative and immaculately designed, the sweet compelling quality of this film remains undiminished by exposure. Here, we enter a modern, yet nostalgic world of rice paddies, adorably thrill-thirsty young gals (Satsuki & Mei), and the majestic reverence of nature we have come to recognize from this animation giant. But within this tranquil realm there lies a dormant mythical creature so huge, so powerful and so terrifyingly cute that one can only squeal with glee at the sight of him, jumping instantly onto his big fluffy belly. Unforgettably iconic interactions with fabled floating “soot sprites”, a giant multi-legged cat-bus and the cuddly king of the forest himself, make this classic animation treasure too gorgeous to miss. Our May 6th presentation of My Neighbor Totoro is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Watch the trailer for “My Neighbor Totoro”!
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My Neighbor Totoro (subtitled, 5/6, 7:45pm)

To-to-ro, Totoro! To-to-ro, Totoro!
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5/6/2012 - 7:45PM

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s most biographical and affectionate creation, My Neighbor Totoro has given rise to the most recognized, reproduced and well-loved monsters in Studio Ghibli’s canon. Evocative and immaculately designed, the sweet compelling quality of this film remains undiminished by exposure. Here, we enter a modern, yet nostalgic world of rice paddies, adorably thrill-thirsty young gals (Satsuki & Mei), and the majestic reverence of nature we have come to recognize from this animation giant. But within this tranquil realm there lies a dormant mythical creature so huge, so powerful and so terrifyingly cute that one can only squeal with glee at the sight of him, jumping instantly onto his big fluffy belly. Unforgettably iconic interactions with fabled floating “soot sprites”, a giant multi-legged cat-bus and the cuddly king of the forest himself, make this classic animation treasure too gorgeous to miss. Our May 6th presentation of My Neighbor Totoro is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Watch the trailer for “My Neighbor Totoro”!
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Spirited Away (dubbed) 5/6

Miyazaki's greatest triumph!
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5/6/2012 - 2PM

“It’s a masterpiece, pure and simple — certainly the finest thing that the distinctive Japanese style of animation, called anime, has produced — and a film that can stand with the Disney classics of the ‘30s and ‘40s in the range of its imagination and the quality of its execution.” — Dave Kehr, New York Times

Completely wiping off the table all preconceived notions of anime by simply being one of the greatest animated features ever inked, this richly envisioned tale — which truly astounds with every beautifully conceptualized moment — is a timeless triumph of style, storytelling, color, texture, wonderment, emotionality and pretty much any other category you can dream up. Separated from her parents on a chance outing to a ghost-town amusement park, ten-year-old Chihiro is engulfed in a mind-boggling spirit world whose ever-shifting landscapes resemble a M.C. Escher-inspired “Legend Of Zelda” labyrinth — one teeming with a multitude of yokai folklore monsters to boot. Like Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” (who provides much inspiration here), all of Chihiro’s learned tasks, brave interactions, and blossoming emotions are symbolic of the trials of childhood — and are rendered by Miyazaki in a perfect balance of humor, horror and unabashed surrealism. Like all of cinema’s great masterpieces, Spirited Away can only truly be experienced on the big screen, so get over here NOW and see it with us! Our May 6th presentation of Spirited Away is presented with an English-dubbed audio track.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, 35mm, 125 min.

Watch the trailer for “Spirited Away”!
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My Neighbor Totoro (subtitled, 5/4, 10:15pm)

To-to-ro, Totoro! To-to-ro, Totoro!
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5/4/2012 - 10:15PM

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s most biographical and affectionate creation, My Neighbor Totoro has given rise to the most recognized, reproduced and well-loved monsters in Studio Ghibli’s canon. Evocative and immaculately designed, the sweet compelling quality of this film remains undiminished by exposure. Here, we enter a modern, yet nostalgic world of rice paddies, adorably thrill-thirsty young gals (Satsuki & Mei), and the majestic reverence of nature we have come to recognize from this animation giant. But within this tranquil realm there lies a dormant mythical creature so huge, so powerful and so terrifyingly cute that one can only squeal with glee at the sight of him, jumping instantly onto his big fluffy belly. Unforgettably iconic interactions with fabled floating “soot sprites”, a giant multi-legged cat-bus and the cuddly king of the forest himself, make this classic animation treasure too gorgeous to miss. Our May 4th presentation of My Neighbor Totoro is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Watch the trailer for “My Neighbor Totoro”!
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My Neighbor Totoro (subtitled, 5/4, 8:00pm, OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION)

To-to-ro, Totoro! To-to-ro, Totoro!
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5/4/2012 - 8PM

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s most biographical and affectionate creation, My Neighbor Totoro has given rise to the most recognized, reproduced and well-loved monsters in Studio Ghibli’s canon. Evocative and immaculately designed, the sweet compelling quality of this film remains undiminished by exposure. Here, we enter a modern, yet nostalgic world of rice paddies, adorably thrill-thirsty young gals (Satsuki & Mei), and the majestic reverence of nature we have come to recognize from this animation giant. But within this tranquil realm there lies a dormant mythical creature so huge, so powerful and so terrifyingly cute that one can only squeal with glee at the sight of him, jumping instantly onto his big fluffy belly. Unforgettably iconic interactions with fabled floating “soot sprites”, a giant multi-legged cat-bus and the cuddly king of the forest himself, make this classic animation treasure too gorgeous to miss. Our May 4th presentation of My Neighbor Totoro is presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Join us on the back patio after the film for a Studio Ghibli retrospective opening night reception!
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, 35mm, 86 min.

Watch the trailer for “My Neighbor Totoro”!
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