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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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Wonderfully Magical! See more (283 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)

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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Color:
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: The color of the umbrella handle that Kanta offers Satsuki changes.See more »
Quotes:
Satsuki, Mei Kusakabe:Come out, come out, whereever you are!See more »
Soundtrack:
Tonari no TotoroSee more »

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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully Magical!, 15 September 2005
Author: marka_dogg from United States

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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