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Director:
Writer:
Hayao Miyazaki (written by)
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Release Date:
16 April 1988 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(336 articles)
User Reviews:
A superb, uncynical journey into the imagination. Not so great dubbing, though. See more (274 total) »

Cast

 
Toshiyuki Amagasa ... Kanta (voice)

Paul Butcher ... Kanta (voice: English version)

Pat Carroll ... Nanny (voice: English version)

Cheryl Chase ... Mei (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Shigeru Chiba ... Kusakari-Otoko (voice)
Lara Cody ... Farm Girl (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Natalie Core ... Nanny (Troma version) (voice: English version)

Tim Daly ... Professor Kusakabe (voice: English version) (as Timothy Daly)

Dakota Fanning ... Satsuki (2005 Disney version) (voice: English version)

Elle Fanning ... Mei Kusakabe (2005 Disney version) (voice: English version)
Kenneth Hartman ... Kanta (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Noriko Hidaka ... Satsuki (voice)
Akiko Hiramatsu ... (voice)
Masashi Hirose ... Kanta no otôsan (voice)
Shigesato Itoi ... Tatsuo Kusakabe (voice)
Alexandra Kenworthy ... Mother (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Tanie Kitabayashi ... Kanta no obâsan (voice)
Steve Kramer ... Farmer (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Chie Kôjiro ... (voice) (as Chie Koujiro)
Melanie MacQueen ... Kanta's Mom (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Yûko Maruyama ... Kanta no okâsan (voice)
Lisa Michelson ... Satsuki (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Yûko Mizutani ... (voice)
Daiki Nakamura ... (voice)
Tomohiro Nishimura ... (voice)

Katelin Petersen ... Girl / Additional Voices (2005 Disney Version) (voice: English version)

Ashley Rose ... Girl / additional Voices English Version (voice: English version)

Yvonne Russo ... Various Voices (voice: English version)

Evan Sabara ... Boy / Additional Voices (2005 Disney Version) (voice: English version)
Chika Sakamoto ... Mei (voice)

Lea Salonga ... Mrs. Kusakabe (voice: English version)
Sumi Shimamoto ... Yasuko Kusakabe (voice)
Brianne Siddall ... Michiko (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Gregory Snegoff ... Dad (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Reiko Suzuki ... Rôba (voice)
Hitoshi Takagi ... Totoro (voice)
Tarako ... (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ... (voice)
Machiko Washio ... Sensei (voice)
Frank Welker ... Totoro (voice: English version)
Ikue Ôtani ... (voice)
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Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki 
 
Writing credits
Hayao Miyazaki (written by)

Produced by
Rick Dempsey .... executive producer (US version)
Toru Hara .... producer
Ned Lott .... producer (2005 Disney Version)
Eiko Tanaka .... line producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi  (as Jô Hisaishi)
 
Cinematography by
Mark Henley (English version)
 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
 
Casting by
Ned Lott (2005 version)
 
Art Direction by
Kazuo Oga 
 
Production Management
David Candiff .... post-production manager (2005 Disney Version)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tetsuya Endo .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Hayao Miyazaki .... storyboard artist
Nobuko Mizuta .... color designer
 
Sound Department
Petra Bach .... supervising adr editor (2005 Disney Version)
Randy Coppinger .... adr recordist (2005 Disney Version)
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer (2005 Disney Version)
William Komar .... adr recordist (2005 Disney Version)
Kazutoshi Satou .... sound effects editor
Shigeharu Shiba .... sound director
 
Special Effects by
Kaoru Tanifuji .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hisao Shirai .... production camera supervisor
 
Animation Department
Masaaki Endo .... animator
Makiko Futaki .... animator
Junko Ina .... background artist
Yoshinori Kanada .... animator
Hidetoshi Kaneko .... background artist
Toshio Kawaguchi .... animator
Shinji Kimura .... background artist
Komasa .... inbetween animator
Katsuya Kondô .... animator
Tsuyoshi Matsumuro .... background artist
Hajime Matsuoka .... background artist
Yuko Matsuura .... background artist
Toshio Nozaki .... background artist
Nobuhiro Otsuka .... background artist
Shinji Otsuka .... animator
Yoshiharu Sato .... supervising animator
Masako Shinohara .... animator
Makoto Shiraishi .... background artist
Kiyoko Sugawara .... background artist
Yasuko Tachiki .... animation checker
Hideko Tagawa .... animator
Yôji Takeshige .... background artist
Keiko Tamura .... background artist
Makoto Tanaka .... animator
Sadahiko Tanaka .... background artist
Tsukasa Tannai .... animator
Hitomi Tateno .... animation checker
Akira Yamagawa .... background artist
Hirômi Yamakawa .... animator
Masaki Yoshizaki .... background artist
Kiyomi Ôta .... background artist (as Kiyomi Ota)
 
Editorial Department
Hiroshi Adachi .... assistant editor
Chris DeLaGuardia .... color timer
Cory Hansen .... post-production coordinator (2005 version)
 
Music Department
Kaiulani Kidani .... music transfer
Eugene H. Saburi .... music transfer
 
Other crew
Cindy Davis Hewitt .... adaptation: English version
Rick Dempsey .... dialogue director
Donald H. Hewitt .... adaptation: English version
Ned Lott .... additional voice director (2005 version)
Carl Macek .... english producer
David Midthunder .... voice
Kazuo Oga .... executive background stylist
Hideo Ogata .... planner
Tatsumi Yamashita .... planner
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tonari no Totoro" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Stereo)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
King Totoro is the mascot for Hayao Miyazaki's studio, Studio Ghibli.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Some of the whiskers on Mei's drawing of Totoro vanish in a wide view.See more »
Quotes:
Mei Kusakabe:To-to-ro? You're Totoro!... I bet you're Totoro...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fanalysis (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
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58 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
A superb, uncynical journey into the imagination. Not so great dubbing, though., 31 May 2001
Author: Jeremy Bristol from Plattsmouth, NE

This movie, set in Japan in the early fifties, is director Miyazaki's tribute to his mother (who suffered from tuberculosis, just like Satsuki and Mei's mother), his childhood home, and childhood innocence. Although some people who watch this movie wonder where the Americans are (this is post-WWII Japan, after all) and why so little screen time is spent on the girls' mother, but that may be partly due to the dubbing.

Americans: First of all, the house the girls move into is rather European in design (with doorknobs, and an attic, and a front porch) despite the Japanese style bath and occasional sliding door. Secondly, Mei and Satsuki are really into Western fairy tales (the are brief glimpses of Japanese translations of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and other stories, along with Mei inadvertently re-enacting scenes from Alice in Wonderland and Chronicles of Narnia). On top of that, according to Helen McCarthy and other Miyazaki experts, the name "Totoro" is little Mei's mispronunciation of the Japanese transliteration of the English word "troll" ("tororo," which the Japanese would pronounce like "tololo" because they do not distinguish between r's and l's). This is why an accurate dubbed version is nearly impossible (like any little girl, Mei mispronounces a lot of words).

The Mother: I think this movie is entirely about the mother. Throughout, you see them subtly (almost too subtly at times) change from completely carefree to terrified with each scene involving the mother. This parallels Satsuki's coming of age subplot (she's ten and like anyone that age she is self-conscious about believing in Santa, or in this case Totoro). There's a little bit of both in the culturally-shocking--though completely innocent--bath scene (both girls take a bath with their father during a wind storm).

Really, though, My Neighbor Totoro is less about story than it is about the imagination of children.

Although the animation is a little dated and a bit jerky at times, the direction is absolutely top notch. There is enough visual creativity to rival an average Hitchcock film (Miyazaki's a huge fan of Hitch: check out the long wait at the bus stop, which is reminiscent of North by Northwest). Highlights include a Mary Poppins-esque ride on an Oriental top, a beautifully animated storm, Mei's nap on the slowly rising and falling chest of the giant totoro, and a cat-bus complete with headlight eyes.

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