Synopsis: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (TONARI NO TOTORO), 1988, Studio Ghibli, 86 min. The third Studio Ghibli feature from former Toei animator Hayao Miyazaki tells the story of young sisters Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe, who move into a new house with their father near a vast forest to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Discovering wondrous forest spirits, they also encounter Totoro, a giant, lumbering, bunny-esque creature. In Japanese with English subtitles. Recommended ages: 10 to adult.
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (MAJO NO TAKKYUBIN), 1989, Studio Ghibli, 102 min. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. In Japanese with English subtitles.