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Heyla all!<br><br>
So my 2.5yo dd recently saw the movie My Neighbor Totoro and she loves it. Loves it enough to ask for it 10+ times a day. Now, we don't do a lot of media (Sesame Street and/or Big Big World a few times a week) and this level of fascination is new for dd so I'm curious...<br><br>
If your little enjoyed Totoro, what else did they like? Are there other films like Totoro? (Totoro = relatively gentle, positive sibling interaction, pro-nature, pro-healthy eating, co-sleeping, strong female characters, loving family in which adults take children seriously, etc).<br><br>
I want to know what films your older toddler likes (and why). Thanks!
 

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My dd is still a little young for longer films, but my husband and I really liked the Japanese animation film titled "Spirited Away". It has some scary moments, so I'd probably wait to show it to my dd until she's four or five. It's a really intreguing story about a girl that ends up in a magical Japanese bathhouse where spirits go to relax and bathe. The young girl has to be brave and solve some complicated problems in order to free her parents. The animation is beautiful, and the story is interesting.<br><br>
Here's a more indepth summary:<br><a href="http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/spiraway.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/spiraway.shtml</a>
 

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My kids love Totoro! (And so do I... hee hee).<br><br>
Another movie made by the same folks is "Kiki's Delivery Service". It is pretty different and might be better for a bit older (Kiki is a witch who goes out on her own for the first time). It does show a nice relationship she forms with some grandmother-age women. There's some good talk about believing in yourself, not giving up, the ups and downs of life. It definitely has strong female characters and adults that take kids seriously.
 

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Thanks!<br><br>
We're familiar with Spirited Away...Dh and I enjoy anime and watched it <i>a lot</i> prior to the kiddos and we still read a lot of manga. I think Spirited Away is a bit too heavy for dd and would probably be confusing for her as well. For example, letting the wandering spirit into the bath house is an act of compassion but the spirit is greedy/unhealthy and causes problems. A good lesson for an older child but probably just confusing for dd, you know? And the parents... not exactly a good image of loving adults! Well, not human adults anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Princess Mononoke is another Miyazaki film that might be good for an older child but again...to violent, confusing, conflicted, and busy for a younger child. It really like how gentle and slow paced Totoro is, and how the different situations seem to speak to my dd...<br><br>
I'll check out Kiki...I've heard some good reviews (we're pagan and positive images of pagans are a bit few and far between). Dd is pretty mature for her age...do you think Kiki is significantly "older" than Totoro? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm just curious what films have actually passed the kiddo tested/parent approved test for older toddlers.
 

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DH is a huuuuuuuuge fan of Miyazaki and I think we have all his films lol... I'd say Totoro is the *most* toddler-friendly one. DS was already 4 when I married DH, so I've never seen how toddlers would react.<br><br>
We certainly do appreciate the slower pacing of Totoro over other "kids' movies"!<br><br>
I think Kiki is probably my favourite of the bunch -- I'm more picky and don't like all of them. Kiki is a likeable character, and there's a good message in "keep trying, don't give up". Little kids might not get all the nuances of the story, but they'll like the cat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Spirited Away I found much more "mature". Quite disturbing, really! And Porco Rosso just weirds me out. Castle in the Sky is okay, but again probably not for toddlers. And Mononoke is definitely for an older audience, very complex and dark.
 

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Funny, DH and I recently watched Kiki to see if it would be okay for DS to watch (he's four and loves Totoro, as do we!). We liked it, but I don't think he'd be interested.<br><br>
To be honest, I don't think there's anything that matches the imagination and quality of Totoro for that age. The Heffalump (Winnie the Pooh) movie is nowhere as good, but DS liked it at an early age. And we thought it was harmless.<br><br>
I really wanted to get a bunch of wooden acorns and package them up as little Totoro presents for his stocking, but DD would want to eat them!<br><br>
-Erin
 

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That's genius! We're moving (the week of solstice/christmas) to a small (and kind of dirty) house in the woods and dd1's Totoro fascination came at the perfect time. She can't wait to go to the new house and laugh away the dust bunny soot sprites and see if she can find a Totoro in the woods.<br><br>
I wonder if I could make a knit or cloth acorn bid enough to stay out of dd2's mouth? Thanks for the idea!
 

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We're big anime fans too. Even my 16mo says "Koo!" for Pikachu. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I wonder if I could make a knit or cloth acorn bid enough to stay out of dd2's mouth? Thanks for the idea!</td>
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These are the ones I was looking at:<br><br><a href="http://www.caseyswood.com/shoppingcart/zen-cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=48" target="_blank">http://www.caseyswood.com/shoppingca...products_id=48</a><br><br>
But if you're able to knit, it seems like that would be the perfect solution! I hope you can use the idea. Good luck on your move.<br><br>
-Erin
 

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My daughter loves Totoro as well. I have never been interested in anime before so I was initially skeptical, but I'm glad we got this DVD. It is very gentle and sweet.
 

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We LOVE Totoro! I made my dd a <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/elaina_pearl/tags/totoro/" target="_blank">totoro costume</a> for Halloween this year.<br><br>
After watching Totoro, me and DH watched more Miyazaki films and fell in love but I didn't find any of them suitable to share with dd just yet. Neither have<br>
I found any other films for her age that are of the same caliber. So I will be watching this thread for suggestions!
 
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