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Spring is for cherry blossoms and ‘Totoro’ at the North Park

If you’ve ever seen a film released by the Japanese animation geniuses of Studio Ghibli, then you’re familiar with mascot Totoro, the rotund, cat-like spirit from Hayao Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor Totoro.” The character was a fitting choice, as “My Neighbor Totoro,” which screens at 11:30 a.m. April 9 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.), is one of the studio’s finest efforts.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, “Totoro” is the story of two sisters who befriend a lovable woodland spirit. It is one of several masterpieces from Miyazaki, whose career has included such gems as “Spirited Away” and “The Wind Rises.”

Japanese animation has found a home at the North Park, and as the theater has with past screenings, the day will feature some special treats for sale, including posters and Japanese snacks. The screening is in conjunction with the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Fest scheduled for April 27 to May 6.

Tickets are $5 and available online at or at the theater box office.  

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