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2. "My Neighbor Totoro" (1988, directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
Miyazaki's most purely child-oriented film has become so defined in the public imagination by its iconography -- what with Totoro dolls having become something of a hipster collector's item -- that it's easy to overlook its qualities as a simple yet profound reflection on the liberties and losses of growing up. No person or thing is ever harmed or threatened in this wistful, whimsical narrative of discovery, but there's something almost nobly stoic about the absence of threat in this universe: "My Neighbor Totoro" is a vision of the world either as it should be, or as we sometimes forget it is. All that, and it has a Catbus too.