Totoro appears to Satsuki and Mei when they are afraid and stressed, and through his unique whimsy he is able to help them forget about their problems for a while. What are ways you’ve coped with fear in your own life? Did you ever have an imaginary friend, or a go-to activity or ritual, that helped take your mind off things? How does the character of Totoro remind you of your own coping mechanisms in times of stress, past or current? What feelings does the film and the experiences of these young girls conjure from your own memories? What do you think it is about Totoro that so many people — from all around the world, for severals decades — resonate with; does it have something to do with his stress-relieving whimsy?