John Watson just wrote a glowing review of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s film “My Neighbor Totoro” on Blogging Baby. I agree, it’s an absolutely wonderful movie — it’s been listed in “Things We Like” since Day 1.
We’re big Miyazaki fans here…the kids really seem to appreciate the whimsical imagery and the ambiguous plotlines, despite their love of standard Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks fare.
Kiki’s Delivery Service is another great choice (more straightforward than Totoro, but still fun). When the kids get a little older, Nausicaa is fantastic. What a brave, principled heroine, and an imaginative plot. Who knew a post-apocalyptic storyline could be so uplifting? I had tears in my eyes at the end, it was that good.