I dug up our DVD of My Neighbor Totoro and the plan is to watch it tonight. (If you don't know this one, you've probably heard of some of Hayao Miyazaki's other great animated films: Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke).
Christopher and I drew some of our favorite characters from the movie. (Some of Con's as well, I happen to know). These are Soot Sprites, basically animated dust bunnies with eyes who inhabit abandoned houses. Here's the wikipedia entry on "susuwatari"--traveling soot.