To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the beloved children’s animation film My Neighbor Totoro is making a return to the big screen for three days at the end of September into the beginning of October. The theatrical re-release is a part of Studio Ghibli Fest organized by GKIDS and Fathom Events.
As one of the most iconic pieces of work to ever come out of director Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, My Neighbor Totoro follows the journey of two sisters as they explore a magical forest full of interesting creatures they’ve never seen. Though Studio Ghibli Fest will be playing other studio classics like Castle in the Sky and the award-winning Spirited Away, the My Neighbor Totoro screening is special.
Miyazaki is an anime legend and My Neighbor Totoro was only his second outing as a director of his own full-length film. The movie also happens to be the one of the first anime’s to become really popular with American audiences. Beyond that, it is the quintessential children’s movie. The conflict is relatable and driving, yet it doesn’t consume the film. There’s no corruption and no dishonesty. It’s what we actually want for kids; the simplistic beauty of childhood, imagination, and learning to be free from fear.
English Dubbed version of My Neighbor Totoro can be seen between September 30 and October 3. For the fans of a slightly more traditional experience, the original Japanese dub (with English subtitles of course) can be seen on October 1. Still, if My Neighbor Totoro isn’t your favorite, the festival is bringing Spirited Away back to theaters between October 28 and 30. Castle in the Sky will also return between November 18 and 20. You can see a full list of participating theaters, here.