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

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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:
Toshiyuki Amagasa ...
Kanta (voice)
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Kanta (voice)
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Nanny (voice)
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Shigeru Chiba ...
Kusakari-Otoko (voice)
Lara Cody ...
Farm Girl (Troma version) (voice)
Natalie Core ...
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Professor Kusakabe (voice) (as Timothy Daly)
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Kenneth Hartman ...
Kanta (Troma version) (voice)
Noriko Hidaka ...
Satsuki (voice)
Akiko Hiramatsu ...
(voice)
Masashi Hirose ...
Kanta no otôsan (voice)
Shigesato Itoi ...
Tatsuo Kusakabe (voice)
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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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The film is partially autobiographical. When Hayao Miyazaki and his brothers were children, his mother suffered from spinal tuberculosis for nine years, and spent much of her time hospitalized. It is implied, yet never revealed in the film, that Satsuki and Mei's mother also suffers from tuberculosis. He once said the film would have been too painful for him to make if the two protagonists were boys instead of girls. See more »

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Some of the whiskers on Mei's drawing of Totoro vanish in a wide view. See more »

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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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Tonari no Totoro
("My Neighbor Totoro")
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A kids movie?
25 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Picture if you will, a 27 year old male, scanning through his dvd collection, trying to figure out what to watch, on a boring night at home. Suddenly, he stops at My Neighbor Totoro and smiles. Well, that's a pretty typical happenning around the house here.

Miyazaki created a true masterpiece with this film. It has everything a person, of any age, could want. There are points that it is hilarious, a few points where it makes one slightly nervous, the animation is outstanding (as with all Miyazaki films), and aside from lacking a little bit in plot (what movie doesn't nowadays?), the story is wonderful.

One of the things that makes this film shine, at least for me, is that there is absolutely no antagonist role. No bad guy whatsoever, and only a genius like Miyazaki could pull that off.

Is this a childrens movie? Yes, of course it is. Is it a movie only for children? Well... maybe for the inner child inside all of us. There's humour in this movie that the young will laugh at, and there's a bit of humour in the movie that only adults will fully catch and appreciate, without it being "adult humour".

I would reccommend, and have reccommended this film to anyone that would listen.

Thank you again Miyazaki Sensei.


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