Totoro? Is that you?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


My sister-in-law gave Logan a great DVD last year - My Neighbor Totoro.

It's a really sweet movie about two girls who move into a new home with their father (their mom is in the hospital) and discover magical creatures.  We all enjoy it and have watched it frequently.

The same sister-in-law and brother-in-law have given him a couple other Totoro gifts too - a cute pillow and a huge stuffed animal.

I'd be willing to bet that most people (outside my family at least) have no idea who Totoro is.  We definitely love him in our house.  And love that Logan enjoys something other than just the over-marketed Disney characters.  We've even been known to make Playdoh versions of Totoro, Soot Sprites and the cat bus when the in-laws are visiting (don't judge - I blame his Auntie and Uncle).

Logan is quite obsessed with Toy Story these days though. And we've been known to use the Toy Story 3 trailer as bribery - usually to get him to go potty or get dressed on those days when he is being otherwise uncooperative.  I've seen the trailer probably 30 times in the last month. 

So how is it possible that I missed it?  Check out the large toy on the left in the back when Trixie the dinosaur is covering her IM tracks (at about 0:48).  Could it be?  Totoro, is that you?  Sellout!

3 comments:

  1. Auntie Tam is going to share her expertise on this one! I take great pride in knowing we introduced Logan to Totoro & his wonderful world! :) So yes, it IS Totoro in the Toy Story 3 film clip. The writer & director of My Neighbor Totoro (& a whole long list of other awesome animated films), Hayao Miyazaki has been doing his animated movie thing for a very long time in Japan. But in 2009, a new movie of his called Ponyo was released in the US -- as a collaboration by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli & Walt Disney Pictures (also a very cute & beautiful film). One of the producers on Ponyo was John Lasseter, a very long time fan of Miyazaki & his work. If you don't recognize the name, John Lasseter is also the chief creative officer of Pixar & Walt Disney Animation Studios. So, there you have it! Totoro does have his indirect connections to Disney although he is little known by the Disney audience here in the states. I would bet that John Lasseter was giving a shout out to his longtime hero by including one of his most lovable characters in one of Disney's most anticipated movies. :)
    Stay the course, Totoro, my friend... Stay the course.

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  2. Wow! Thanks for the clarification. :) I was so surprised to see him that we replayed that section of the trailer like 15 times to be sure!

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  3. Man, re-reading my post made me realize that I'm a bigger nerd than I originally thought... :P

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