MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO Plays Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend
We all know Hayao Miyazaki is an anime genius, creating stories focusing on character, story and fantasy, letting his imagination run wild. He has created great films like SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, and PRINCESS MONONOKE. One of his first great works, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, will be screening at the Tivoli in St. Louis this Friday and Saturday nights (April 11th and 12th) as part of the ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ midnight show.
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO was made back in 1988 and tells the story of Mr. Kusakabe and his two daughters Satsuki and Mei who move to a new home in rural Japan so they could be close to their sick mother. Their new home is run down and filled with soot spirits, but the family soon settles in. One day Mei meets a strange giant creature called Totoro, a large furry animal who has two minions. No one believes Mei at first but after Mei disappears Satsuki has to call Totoro for help.
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a strange little film, but Miyazaki does have an understanding of a child’s imagine (either that or he takes a lot drugs). There is a certain Alice in Wonderland feel about the film, with Mei going down a hole and Totoro and the Catbus (one of the weirdest ideas ever) looking like the Chester Cat. But the main focus of the film is the relationship between the young girls and the father who is obviously overwhelmed with his caring for them, having a wife in hospital and continuing with his job. The children are energetic and believable and the film is about the wonders of a child’s imagination. Miyazaki is so great at creating worlds and is a great fantasy storyteller so check out the opportunity to see MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO on the big screen this weekend.
The Tivoli’s located at 6350 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO. Admission is a mere $8!
The Tivoli’s website can be found HERE
Here’s the Reel Late at the Tivoli Line-up for the next couple of months:
April 18-19 THE LOST BOYS
April 25-26 ERASERHEAD
May 2-3 GRINDHOUSE
May 9-10 THE PRINCESS BRIDE
May 16-17 REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA – With live cast, The Graveyard Shift!
May 23-24 DIE HARD
Stay tuned here at We Are Movie Geeks for more updates on the Midnight series!