So weird, it's hilarious.
Maybe it's because this film was made for Japanese children, but it is really weird. The facial expressions, the way the dad laughs, the shiny acorns (everytime a character sees one, they say "An acorn!"), the constant repetition of what the other person just said, and all the other cheesy elements combine to become hilarious. ("Just laugh and your fears will go away! WA HA HA HA.") Maybe some of this is a dub thing, but it still is funny. The art style, particularly the way humans look, is an over-the-top version of the uncanny human designs from Spirited Away. But this art style, unlike Spirited Away’s, is such a far miss that it’s hilarious. I watched this movie with a group of friends, and we were all making hilarious comments of the various hokey elements (which appeared a lot), MST3K style, but unscripted and actually really funny. (There was a scene where it looked like a head of a "Totoro" was swimming through the ground, one of my friends stated "Land shark!") This movie was an unintentional laugh riot, like many other little kid shows and movies. If you gather a group of friends and turn this on, you'll most likely love it. Disclaimer: The dad bathes with her daughters, but this is considered completely wholesome in Japan. A few angle choices are the only thing keeping this G. Anyway, you should watch this movie. While it is very cheesy, it also is genuinely charming. The Totoros are unironically funny sometimes. (One last note: What was up with the scene at the beginning where the sisters say "Let's hide from the police!" when a police officer is passing by the car? During the scene when one of the sisters was just standing there holding a shovel for a long time, we theorized that maybe she murdered people with the shovel and she had reason to hide from the police.)