The Incomparable Mothership #144 June 9, 2013
“My Neighbor Totoro.”

Hangin’ With the Totes

“My Neighbor Totoro” is an animated classic in which nothing much happens, but we love it anyway. We discuss how the movie is all about children’s fears of change, ponder the differences between subtitled and dubbed versions, and contemplate corn as a cure for tuberculosis. CREEPY!

Listen to this episode (1 hour, 26 minutes)

Show Notes

Steve Lutz’s synopsis:

“Two girls and their father move into a crappy old house by a big tree. Some black Koosh balls run away from them. They meet a giant bipedal sloth. They frolic and stuff. Dad’s bus is late, the sloth steals their umbrella, and a frog burps. Later their mom maybe has a cold so they take a cat bus, which is what it sounds like, and find out that, yep, it’s a cold. They leave their mom some corn, but my people call it maize. The end.”

“My Neighbor Totoro” on Amazon

Hayao Miyazaki on Amazon

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