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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 <>

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Mei means sprout in Japanese. Mei-mei means little sister in Chinese. 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

The ending sequence has animation of Totoro and some of the characters from the film walking. See more »


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Tonari no Totoro
("My Neighbor Totoro")
Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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A delightful, touching, timeless classic!
20 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the brilliant "Walt Disney of Japan", Hayao Miyazaki, comes a wonderful soothing film that everyone will simply embrace. Featuring stunning animation, endearing personable characters, and a heart-tugging storyline that's simple, enchanting, and even dramatic.

Sometimes you feel like you're not watching an animated children's movie, because the characters (particularly the children) and the storyline seem so realistic. There's no bad guy, no song numbers, and no references to pop-culture. Most cartoons (especially Disney) feature these and it gets old and routine. Here we have a break from all of that and get a real masterpiece.

Miraculously, Totoro doesn't talk, and yet you can still understand what the lovable furry creature is thinking with his endearing actions. And the six-legged CatBus is undeniably one of the most imaginative characters in animation history. And the human characters are also remarkable. Mei and Satsuki act like little girls, not like kids who are smarter than adults (a routine toons today are guilty of).

I loved Totoro when I was a small child and I always will. When I have children of my own someday, I will show them Totoro instead of toy commercials like Dora and Elmo's world.

BOTTOM LINE: A masterpiece... pure and simple.

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