For some time, snow hasn’t been letting up – perhaps a day or two without and it comes pouring again. It’s of course the perfect time to make snowmen and other snow figures. We braved the cold and made Totoro…inspired by the many figures we found online. We attempted to make chibis too but we weren’t successful. 🙁

Totoro dayo! In defense - we were using our hands, no sculpting materials. :P
posing beside Totoro

Totoro is a character created by Studio Ghibli for their film Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro), written and directed by a home favorite, Hayao Miyazaki. The story revolves around the family of Satsuki on their move to a new house. There they befriend a creature whom her younger sister, Mei-chan, calls Totoro – mispronouncing Tororo – troll.

The siblings went through a series of adventures that involve their sick mother, friendly neighbors and getting lost. We are introduced to Totoro and colleagues, chu (medium) and chibi (small) totoros and the Catbus/Neko no basu as well.

Totoro, Mei, Satsuki, chu and chibi totoros