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My Neighbor Totoro Review


Very Good
Possibly the only film in history to be released by both Disney and Troma, the famous kiddie anime My Neighbor Totoro reveals itself as a little dated and a little immature when compared to later Miyazaki works. The film concerns a family (including two young girls) who move to the country, only to meet up with Totoro, the spirit of the forest. (He looks like an overgrown bunny, and he makes trees grows and causes the wind to blow.) Eventually they take a trip together (it's something involving the ill mother) and discover all sorts of Miyazaki magic. Cute, but not the masterpiece it's cracked up to be.

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Castle In The Sky Review


Extraordinary
Probably my favorite Miyazaki film, Castle in the Sky is full of adventure, mystery, and good, clean fun.

Based on Gulliver's Travels' stories of the flying city of Laputa, the film follows the mysterious Sheeta (Anna Paquin) as she gently floats down from the sky and lands in the care of Pazu (James Van Der Beek). What follows involves a massive adventure that stretches to include sky pirates, a Nazi-like military group, Sheeta's secret identity, and a quest to discover the cloud-shrouded city of Laputa, floating somewhere up there.

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