My Neighbor Totoro is among the most beloved animated films of all time. Often considered director Hayao Miyazaki’s masterwork, Totoro is renowned for its child-like sense of wonder and magic. It’s the sort of whimsy that many people wish they could capture in their own lives, so naturally, Studio Ghibli decided to rebuild the sets in the real world.
This recently unearthed blog post reveals the work of Miyazaki’s son, Gorō, and the lavish detail he heaped into this replica of the house from Totoro. Everything is there, from the worn-down exteriors to the hidden doors and acorns. To the uninitiated, the Totoro house might seem like an odd, old house in the middle of the woods. But to fans, a chance to visit the world of the movie is positively thrilling. It’s a testament to the continued enthusiasm for one of the great children’s films.