My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

  • Saturday August 09, 2014 2:00 PM

MIYAZAKI AT THE MODERN: MASTERPIECES OF ANIMATION presents My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, 86 minutes, English)

Introduction and discussion following screening with Dr. Marc Hairston.

One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imagination, Totoros look like oversize pandas with bunny ears. They take the girls on spinning-top rides through the treetops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus—a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat.

12:45-1:30 pm 
Please join us for a special gallery conversation and activity focusing on ideas and sensitivities shared by Miyazaki’s films and certain works of art as well as aspects of the Modern’s Tadao Ando-designed building (admission included with film ticket). Also, enjoy Ramune sodas, Kusugai candies, face painting, and special activities in the Modern's Grand Lobby. Shop for an adorable child-sized manga costume in the Modern Shop or wear a manga costume of your own design. Create an anime "selfie" in the Modern Shop against an anime backdrop!


The Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW Society joins the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in celebrating the art of ,Japanese film director, animatormangaka, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki. Throughout a career that has spanned six decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and brilliant creator of anime feature films. Along with Isao Takahata, he co-founded Studio Ghibli, the famed Japanese film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki's films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park, and American director Steven Spielberg. He is considered one of the most popular and influential animators in the history of cinema.

Screenings will be held in the Modern’s auditorium. Tickets are $9, $8 for Modern members, $6 for Lone Star members and Modern Reel People, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or by calling the Modern at 817.738.9215. 


Café Modern will host a 6-Course Japanese Kaiseki Dinner & Sake Pairing on August 28 at 6:30 pm. Reservations necessary. Please RSVP to 817-840-2157.