Tonari no Totoro, Panda Kopanda Recommendations
A pre-Ghibli movie. Follows Mimiko and her encounters with the panda PapaPanda and his son Panny.
As Mimiko is left alone when her grandmother leaves on a trip, she meets a little panda and his father. And they soon decide to become a heartwarming family.
A cute and warming story, and have similar art and scenes.
Easy to see this is where totoro came from.
The general for these two films is presence of extraordinary lovely protagonist. Both of them are laconic, but only having looked on these creations, feel happiness presence.
both of these have
-a big fluffy animal character that takes care of a little girl
-a fun light-hearted story
-a colorful, cute art/animation style
(also, panda kopanda was written by hayao miyazaki and directed by isao takahata, but predates the existence of studio ghibli!)