I had the pleasure of seeing “Boro the Caterpillar” at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan, and what a lovely experience it was. The short screened in the museum’s cosy little theatre, sans subtitles (which added to the museum’s insistence on immersion and mindfulness everywhere really), and really filled the mind for its fourteen or so minutes of runtime.
It follows the birth and early life of a caterpillar from his point of view as he makes his way through the world we share, but from a very different perspective. Raindrops for Boro are cubic gelatinous blobs, and even air and sunshine have tangibility to him that humans lack in their experience of the world. The short brims with imagination, creativity, love of nature and recognition of so many of the little nuances and grace notes that make up its mysteries and wonders.
All the sound is done by the one man, a famous Japanese celebrity, lending a humorous and singular quality to the titular critter’s munches and scurrying about, as well as the flapping of wings of insects around him, the movement of a tricycle, and so on.
A fantastic experience. Three and a half raindrops, and some pollen.