Studio Ghibli

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)

What I hate about modern Disney movies is the relentless, shove-it-down-your-throat merchandising that comes with every release. Buy the soundtrack! The Happy Meal! The action figures! The t-shirts! The tie-ins destroy a movie before you get a chance to judge it for its worth. So am I a hypocrite for immediately wanting to run out …

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My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)

An inarguable masterpiece of gentle, sweet storytelling combined with gorgeous hand-drawn animation, My Neighbor Totoro is an indisputable classic of anime from famed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli. Aimed squarely at tots, but utterly enjoyable by all ages, Totoro manages to be both squealingly cute and sweetly melancholy. Satsuki and her little …

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