Save the Totoro Forest! Charity Auction at Pixar Campus

16 Jul

Have you seen the most-recent Disney DVD release of My Neighbor Totoro, a Hayao Miyazaki tour de force? No? Well then, get thee to Netflix or BestBuy or your DVD procurement method of choice. My Neighbor Totoro is a sweet, gentle, engaging movie about forest spirits that come into the lives of two young girls. Fans of Spirited Away will see similarities in imagery, and a similar Shinto tone.

(My reference to the Disney release is not gratuitous…it’s actually quite important. You don’t want the Fox DVD release, which is a pan-and-scan. This is a gorgeous movie, and you need every single pixel, I swear to you.)

The very-real Sayama Forest, which provided inspiration for the spiritual and aesthetic grounds of the movie is now endangered. The Totoro Forest Project, a non-profit organization, is working for its protection, and is having both a special exhibit at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum and a charity auction at Pixar Animation Studios Campus. Dude, I cannot tell you how badly I would like to be at both events!

Tip o’ the hat: Collateral Damage, aka Mr. Broke Hoedown.

3 Responses to “Save the Totoro Forest! Charity Auction at Pixar Campus”

  1. Biblioadonis aka George July 17, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    You and me both!

  2. tokyo5 July 21, 2008 at 12:24 pm #

    I also like 「となりのトトロ」 (My Neighbor Totoro).

    Miyazakiさん has a new movie out here in Tokyo.
    It’s called 「崖の上のポニョ」 (the title translates to something like “Ponyo on the Cliff”).

    Do you know this movie? Will it be released in America?

  3. Jennifer July 21, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by, tokyo5!

    I’m not familiar with Ponyo on the Cliff, but given how successful several recent Miyazaki movies have been in the USA, it surely seems like Ponyo would eventually be released here too.

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