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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Tonari no Totoro (original title)
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noriko Hidaka ...
Satsuki (voice)
Chika Sakamoto ...
Mei (voice)
Shigesato Itoi ...
Tatsuo Kusakabe (voice)
Sumi Shimamoto ...
Yasuko Kusakabe (voice)
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Granny (voice)
Hitoshi Takagi ...
Totoro (voice)
Yûko Maruyama ...
Kanta's Mother (voice)
Machiko Washio ...
Sensei (voice)
Reiko Suzuki ...
Rôba (voice)
Masashi Hirose ...
Kanta's Father (voice)
Toshiyuki Amagasa ...
Kanta (voice)
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Kusakari-Otoko (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
Cat Bus / Additional Voices (voice)
Tarako ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Tomohiro Nishimura ...
Postal Messanger (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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16 April 1988 (Japan)  »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Hayao Miyazaki originally conceived the characters Satsuki and Mei as a single girl. He wanted to add suspense to the latter half of the film, and he felt it wouldn't work with just a single girl, so he split her into two separate girls. The original girl had features of both Satsuki and Mei, and was 7: halfway between the ages of Satsuki (10) and Mei (4). See more »

Goofs

When Mei is walking around with corn, a goat walks up and bears its large teeth. The goat shows a full set of upper and lower teeth. This is a mistake as goats do not have upper teeth. 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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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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Soundtracks

Tonari no Totoro
("My Neighbor Totoro")
Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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Wonderfully Magical!
15 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like all Miyazaki films, this one is absolutely sacred. Some parts are reminiscent of Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away (and Alice in Wonderland by extension), but Totoro stands out as probably the most unique of them all.

The premise is nice and simple, which works brilliantly because the plot is established as a foundation without hindering the experience of the movie itself. The viewer is allowed unrestricted access and exploration of the messages offered by the film.

In addition, Totoro is not bound by any rules of traditional storytelling. Instead, it presents occurrences that touch on a fundamental human level that is so deep and profound that it will have you feeling a range of emotions. There are so many layers to this movie, each one meaningful and special. From community building to the love of a family to sibling relationships to facing the unknown; everyone can take away something personal from this movie.

Perhaps the most sacred aspect of the film, however, is that it reminds us that life is magical. Not all of us have a neighbor like Totoro, but we are all fortunate in different ways. Each of us has something to treasure, something that brings joy and comfort.

Totoro is special in that it frees the viewer to be a child again and to contemplate the world through a perspective that we have perhaps forgotten. Everything is new and interesting and beautiful, from a crumbling porch to an acorn seed. We live in a magical world, and it is definitely worth taking the time to appreciate this.


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