Its plot may be slight, but the strength of the characters, from the dust sprites, via Catbus, to the delightful, bear-like Totoro himself, invest the film with such charm that it's impossible not to be drawn in.
's animation and character design remains dizzyingly high, and the film is a heartbreaking depiction of two children's struggle for survival in World War II Japan.
Miyazaki's enthusiasm for his subject is present in every frame, with its aerial dogfights rendered with humour, energy and staggering attention to detail.
is an ecological fable about a society of shape-shifting, mischievous raccoons and their efforts to protect their forest from the urbanisation project of 60s Japan.
Notable for its surprisingly common display of testicles (it's not uncommon for raccoons to be depicted with prominent genitalia in Japanese tradition), is easily Studio Ghibli's most anarchic feature to date.
The spectacular animation reaches its zenith in an enchanting ghost parade sequence, and the film's often laugh-out-loud humour is undercut by a particularly stinging, unsentimental conclusion.
is a punishingly long feature, and its singularly melancholy, downbeat tone may prove too much for younger audience members, but in terms of character design and animation this is vintage Miyazaki.
The colossal, ethereal gods of the forest are singularly captivating creations, and the film's battle sequences are surprisingly visceral.Western distributor Disney wanted to cut the film to gain a PG rating in US cinemas, but Miyazaki quite rightly refused., but the Japanese master places enough of his own unique ideas onto the central premise to make the picture all his own.Few animation studios have been as consistent in their output as Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.Founded in 1985, its animated fantasies are made with just the right blend of humour, melancholy and whimsy to make them appeal to audiences of all ages.And while Studio Ghibli has embraced new technology in recent years - was the studio's first film to use CG back in 1994 - it remains committed to producing animation using largely traditional, hand-drawn techniques.