Manga Monday: My Neighbor Totoro

I know I’ve posted about Hayao Miyazaki before, but I just can’t resist! I’m such a huge fan. Today I want to celebrate all things Totoro! It’s the 25th anniversary of the movie, My Neighbor Totoro. This movie was absolutely a part of my childhood just as much as the classic Disney movies were. I still want a giant Totoro to cuddle with and a Catbus to take me around the country.

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To celebrate the anniversary of the film, two books are being released. A novelization of the movie is now available featuring original watercolor illustrations by Miyazaki and a story by author Tsugiko Kubo. You can also buy an updated picture book with artwork from the movie.

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My Neighbor Totoro has inspired many people to create wonderful things. There have been great cosplays, fan art and many other creations. Here are a few favorites that I’ve stumbled across.

Lego Totoro by artist Tracy Lee:

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Art Nouveau inspired poster by Pixiv user marlboro:

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These snow Totoro sculptures are better than your average snowman!

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Learn how to make your very own Totoro plush with this tutorial:

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Miyazaki’s movies have a very signature style of art and animation. For help with your own drawing, make sure to check out some of our great titles like Sketch Manga and Sketch Fantasy Art.

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