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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
"Tonari no Totoro" (original title)

G  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  16 April 1988 (Japan)
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.



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Credited cast:
Chika Sakamoto ...
Mei (voice)
Hitoshi Takagi ...
Totoro (voice)
Noriko Hidaka ...
Satsuki (voice)
Shigesato Itoi ...
Tatsuo Kusakabe (voice)
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Granny (voice)
Toshiyuki Amagasa ...
Kanta (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
Cat Bus / Additional Voices (voice)
Totoro / Catbus (voice)
Mrs. Kusakabe (voice)
Nanny (voice)
Professor Kusakabe (voice) (as Timothy Daly)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kanta (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ...
Kusakari-Otoko (voice)
Lara Cody ...
Farm Girl (Troma version) (voice)


Two young girls, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuki and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros (pronounced toe-toe-ro). They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Did You Know?


The forest creatures and title characters of this movie got their name when Mei, the little girl who first sees them in the film, mispronounces the word "troll". At one point in the original Japanese language version, when Satsuki first finds Mei sleeping in the grove behind their house, Mei tells her sister she saw a "totoro". Satsuki replies, "Totoro, do you mean troll, from the storybook?" and Mei nods in agreement. This aspect of the story was left out of the 1993 Fox English version, probably because the difference between ""to-ro-ru" (the Japanese pronunciation of "troll") and "to-to-ro" would have been lost on English-speaking audiences. The quote is included in the 2006 Disney English version. See more »


When the father drives with his daughters on bike down a hill, on the road they drive are stones and parts of wood, but the bike doesn't shake. See more »


Tatsuo Kusakabe: Trees and people used to be good friends. I saw that tree and decided to buy the house. Hope Mom likes it too. Okay, let's pay our respects then get home for lunch.
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Crazy Credits

Drawings in the closing credits show the mother returning home in a taxi and having a bath with Satsuki and Mei. There is also the appearance of a baby dressed in blue, perhaps a younger sibling (brother?) for the girls. See more »


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(Hey Let's Go)
Lyrics by Reiko Nakagawa
Music by Joe Hisaishi
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This is a great film!
1 January 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

There is no compulsory villain in this wonderfully animated film, no moral lessons, no standard blue print story, and the characters will definitely not break out in a song. Thank God! It's simply a great film for all ages. Don't mind if the soundtrack isn't dubbed to your native language, my kids (4 and 6 years old) could easily follow the story with just a few helpers. Japanese is a wonderful language. The film has great direction, beautiful backgrounds and a mystical, pleasant aura throughout. There's nothing like this, I promise you. It's idyllic, for the most part, but still with an exciting story that unfolds into something very unexpected.

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