“Totto-chan” in the New Again

“Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window” became the most published autobiography in the world last year, and Guinness gave Kuroyanagi Tetsuko a World Record certificate last December. “Totto-chan” is in the news again, but it isn’t the book this time. It’s the animated feature film. It won a prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Annecy is a town in southeastern France, and it has the biggest animated film festival in the world. This year’s top prize went to “Memoir of a Snail,” an Australian film. Unlike “Totto-chan,” the Australian film is made with claymation (animation that uses clay figures). I like both kinds of animation, and I’d like to see both of these films.     (117 words)