Currently, I have been obsessing over this movie. There are no words, in my opinion, to express the pure beauty of this film. Miyazaki never fails to dazzle and enlighten me with his creations, and this movie by far is my favorite of all his works.
The story is about Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe, two young sisters moving into the town of Matsugo, a place close enough to their mother who is sickly and staying at the hospital 4 hours away. Mei meets a magical forest spirit named Totoro and tells Satsuki and her father, but at first her sister doesn't believe her. After they both encounter Totoro, the magic unfolds but sadly, only Satsuki and Mei seem to be able to see Totoro. Devastated that her mother's return home is postponed, Mei, the age of four, attempts to walk to the hospital to deliver her hand-picked corn in hopes that it will cure her mother. Because she does this without notifying Granny or Satsuki, the rural town of Matsugo goes into a frenzy searching for Mei who seems to have gotten lost since it was been hours and hours since anyone has seen her. After Satsuki is informed by her neighbor, Kanta, that a sandal resembling Mei's was fond in the pond, Satsuki panics and asks Totoro for help. Totoro, who calls upon his Cat Bus for assistance, successfully retrieves Mei in the end.
Not only was the art gorgeous as always, and the music fun and uplifting, but I shed my share of tears in the process of watching this spectacular movie. I recommend it to people of all ages, and any other of Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces.