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The film isn't violent or overly dramatic.
Pro Fairly down-to-earth
While the Totoro characters are more-or-less taken from myth, the film explores concepts that are more relatable, and doesn't go over-the-top like some other anime.
Con Geared towards younger audiences
The film is certainly geared to children, and thus may not appeal to everyone. That being said, it still has a charm that makes it popular amongst a wide range of ages.