My Neighbour Totoro Blu-Ray Review

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Noriko Hidaka, Shigesato Itoi, Chika Sakamoto, Sumi Shimamoto

Running Time: 86 minutes

Certificate: U

Extras: Storyboards, Creating My Neighbour Totoro Featurette, Creating the Characters Featurette, The Totoro Experience, Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli, The Locations of Totoro, Scoring Miyazaki, Behind the Microphone Featurette, Textless Opening & Closing Credits, Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer, Studio Ghibli Trailer Reel

In 2002 Studio Ghibli showed that a world dominated by Pixar could still appreciate traditional animation. Spirited Away made history as the first, and so far only, film made outside the English speaking world to win a Golden Bear and Academy Award. Twenty-four years before Hayao Miyazaki released My Neighbour Totoro and defined everything great about Studio Ghibli .

Tatsuo Kusukabe, with his daughters Mei and Satsuki, moves into an apparently haunted house in 1958 Japan wanting to be closer to hospital bound matriarch Yasuko. Youngest daughter Mei’s inquisitive nature leads her to discover the Totoro family – dwarf,
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Blu-ray Review: My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro

Featuring the voices of: Chika Sakamoto, Noriko Hidaka, Toshiyuki Amagasa, Hitoshi Katagi | Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

My Neighbour Totoro, like many of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, deals with the discovery of a fantastical hidden world by young children – in this case sisters Mei and Satsuki, who have just moved to the country with their father, awaiting their mother’s return from hospital. They come across a group of forest spirits – among them the titular gigantic ball of fur, Totoro – and bond with them over the course of the film.

Those looking for fast-paced action and battles of man vs. nature will be sorely disappointed here; Totoro is a slow burning, character-based drama, and though the animation is typically stunning – the sky-bound ballet through a gigantic, rapidly growing tree the characters take us on is particularly awe-inspiring – it’s the emotional core of Satsuki and Mei
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