I have to say that we adore Totoro, but not his other stuff as much. We finally watched Ponyo a few weeks ago, and the overall consensus was that it was interesting, but a little strange. So far, he hasn't been able to match Totoro as far as everyone in our household is concerned. :o)
We saw "Ponyo" in Japanese when it originally came out. I also thought it was strange, but I expected it to be strange since it was from Ghibli. I thought "I'll have to see this in English so I can understand the weird stuff at the end." His other stuff...also a little strange for me. I do very much like "Kiki's Delivery Service." (Although I don't know if you all watch that because it is about a witch.)
One more thing.....One thing I do like about Miyazaki films is that it shows strong females. Disney, on the other hand, has too many films that shows a prince rescuing the female. And Pixar has had very few females at all. So I find that to be a big plus.
I hadn't thought about that with Pixar. You're right!!I must say, I find all Ghibli rather strange, but that is part of their appeal to me. Totoro is pretty weird as well with the cat bus and all.I guess we just like the Japanesqueness of them!
I'd love you to leave me a message. Tell me what you like - and what you don't. Just remember that this is what we do in our family - it doesn't have to be what you do in yours...