5 Insights on Writing about Children from My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro is yet another example of Miyazaki’s unusual plots arcs, but this one veers away from the rollercoaster-like style of Spirited Away or Howl’s Moving Castle. Instead, the plot is driven by childlike wonder, joy and grief. The story digs deep into the characters’ psychology and brings out moments that melt viewers into a puddle of fond recognition. Miyazaki reawakes our childlike dreams without condescension. He never looks down on his young characters as childish; he understands their intensity, purity and complexity.

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Growing Organic Characters

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In Spirited Away, Miyazaki’s young protagonist Chihiro starts as a whiny, passive child, but the story forces her to grow up or give up, creating a bildungsroman of bravery and selflessness.

Miyazaki’s Spirited Away: Growing Organic Characters, from StoryForge Productions