How to Draw Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro: Step by Step Directions
My Neighbor Totoro
Who is Totoro?
Totoro is an anime character from Japan's highly acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki. My Neighbor Totoro was released in 1988. Totoro is a large, soft, being that is befriended by two sisters Satsuke and Mei, who just moved out in the country. Their new home is near a mystical forest full of spirits where they find Totoro lounging one day. Totoro becomes a source of comfort as the girls struggle with grief and loss due to moving out in the country and meeting new friends and going to a new school. More so the girls are facing their mother's hospitalization because she is significantly ill by a mysterious illness. The fantasy and whimsy of Totoro and the Spirit forest grounds the anxiety and confusion of the unknown. The hospital is in the city, and seeing their mother is limited. Totoro, fills a void, and provides comfort that a child's imagination can provide, but the child's trust in the Spirit world manifests the needed hope.
Children all over the world recognize Totoro. Learning to draw Totoro and bringing him to life can evoke feelings of comfort and hope symbolized in the movie My Neighbor Totoro.
Who is Hayao Miyazaki?
Hayao Miyazaki is a genius. He provides animation films for children with beauty and creativity captivating children of all ages. More importantly, his films do not 'dumb down' children's innate intelligence and emotional intelligence. His themes connect his views to their Spirit and Soul, death and loss, ecology, respect for the environment and differences in others.
He tackles complex human experiences and provides a fairy tales that is visually alluring. Adults and children alike are mesmerized and entertained by his storytelling.
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