My Neighbor Totoro is a great example of a family movie. More often than not, when a movie is billed as a family movie, this means that it will be enjoyed by small children and the rest of the family will be bored out of their minds. Totoro is not such a film. It is a movie that is entirely universal, transcending age and level of cynicism. Here is a fantasy movie that is a complete and totally a fantasy. The great film critic Roger Ebert wrote: "Here is a film for the world that we should live in, rather than the world we inhabit." This is true, it is a movie that is so nice and beautiful that some adults would cast it off as stupid, but it is made with such imagination and love that they would be called back in immediately. It is really impossible to write what makes this so good in anywhere but a dictionary length book, so lets focus on the parental side. The films climax, if you can call it that, is scary, yes that should be said. But everything ends up okay, and better than ever. Besides that, this film is one that just oozes niceness from the pores. The people and fantastic creatures are, well, good neighbors that kids can look up to, and the messages, ones of friendship, love, and remaining in touch with nature are ones that children should be hearing. They should watch this early, so they go through childhood loving it. In fact, as soon as the child can comprehend narrative, this one must be added to the list.