Love for Studio Ghibli and Why Little Girls Should Grow Up with It
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind has the most rocking princess of all. She’s a real princess! No nicknames or anything, she is the daughter of the leader of the valley, and her people revere her. She is also out and about on her glider visiting forests with toxic fumes and giant monstrous bugs that are not that bad.
There’s a lot of action going on and Nausicaa is at the center of it all — she’s actually the hero of the film!
Okay, Castle in the Sky is not as rocking as Nausicaa, but Sheeta does hold the key to saving the day. I know she clings a lot to Pazu, but they’re head to head… pretty much, right?
Mei & Satsuki
Okay, there’s no big epic action in My Neighbor Totoro, but the story is lead by two little girls… two REAL little girls who are trying to deal with moving to a new town and their sick mom .
We understand Mei when she’s overly eager to tell everyone she’s met Totoro and gets a little frisky when no one believes her. We understand her frustration when she’s told she can’t visit her mother and has a tantrum, making her big sister all worried. We understand Satsuki’s worry as the big sister and her own feelings towards the absence of her mom.
I don’t think there’s other rocking animated films that deal with such complex little girl storylines.