In this week's Scene, Sam Smith previews the monumental Studio Ghibli retrospective opening tomorrow at The Belcourt, the source of much excitement since it was announced months ago. He recommends you see all 16 films in the two-week series, which covers the revered Japanese animation studio's biggest successes as well as features rarely seen in the U.S.
But what if you can't see all 16? We asked Smith to break down the series into bite-size chunks, allowing viewers to sample the retrospective's riches in a variety of ways:
FAN FAVORITES / HEADLINERS (the films for which Ghibli is best known): Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro
MUST-SEE DISCOVERIES (if you like those, these are just as strong, in some cases maybe even better): Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Only Yesterday, Castle in the Sky
DEEP CUTS (if the others blow you away, you shouldn't miss these relative rarities): Pom Poko, Ocean Waves, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY (great fun for all ages): My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns, The Secret World of Arrietty
See the trailer above, which gives us chills every time we see it (especially on the big screen).