Totoro
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Totoro
Papers – Fabriano, card, metallic, Optix
Framed size 508 x 508 mm
 
 
What is it?
 
Good question! Totoro is a character in a 1988 Japanese fantasy animation “My Neighbour Totoro” written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. He is a forest spirit that lives in the largest camphor tree in a small village.
There are three Totoros, Big, Medium and Small each with slightly different features. Big Totoro is the one most frequently seen.
The anime is the story of two young daughters of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan.
 
 
Origins
 
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, screenwriter, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio with a great reputation.
Miyazaki's works are characterized by the recurrence of themes such as humanity's relationship with nature and technology, the wholesomeness of natural and traditional patterns of living, the importance of art and craftsmanship, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic in a violent world. The protagonists of his films are often strong girls or young women.
 
Fun Facts
 
  • His creator Miyazaki has said that Totoro is "not a spirit: he's only an animal. I believe he lives on acorns. He's supposedly the forest keeper, but that's only a half-baked idea, a rough approximation."
  • Studio Ghibli is an anime studio based in Tokyo. Six of Studio Ghibli's films are among the 10 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan.
  • The Ghibli museum in Tokyo showcases the work of Studio Ghibli and is so popular that tickets go on sale at 9am on the 10th day of the month for reservations in the following month, and often sell out within an hour.
 


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