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My Neighbor Totoro (1988) More at IMDbPro »Tonari no Totoro (original title)

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Writer:
Hayao Miyazaki (written by)
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Release Date:
16 April 1988 (Japan) See more »
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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 »
User Reviews:
A superb, uncynical journey into the imagination. Not so great dubbing, though. See more (309 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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)

Frank Welker ... Totoro / Catbus (voice: English version)

Lea Salonga ... Mrs. Kusakabe (voice: English version)

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

Tim Daly ... Professor Kusakabe (voice: English version) (as Timothy Daly)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matt Adler ... Additional Voices (2005 Disney version) (voice: English version)

Newell Alexander ... Additional Voices (2005 Disney version) (voice: English version)

Paul Butcher ... Kanta (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)

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

Elle Fanning ... Mei Kusakabe (2005 Disney version) (voice: English version)

Kimberly Guerrero ... Various Voices (2005 Disney version) (voice: English version)
Kenneth Hartman ... Kanta (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Akiko Hiramatsu ... Additional Voices (voice)
Masashi Hirose ... Kanta's Father (voice)
Bridget Hoffman ... Various Voices (voice: English version)
Mitsuko Ishida ... Additional Voices (voice)
Alexandra Kenworthy ... Mother (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Steve Kramer ... Farmer (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Chie Kôjiro ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Chie Koujiro)
Melanie MacQueen ... Kanta's Mom (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Yûko Maruyama ... Kanta's Mother (voice)
Lisa Michelson ... Satsuki (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Yûko Mizutani ... Woman on Tractor (voice)
Daiki Nakamura ... Man on Tractor (voice)
Tomohiro Nishimura ... Postal Messanger (voice)

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

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

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

Evan Sabara ... Boy / Additional Voices (2005 Disney Version) (voice: English version)
Sumi Shimamoto ... Yasuko Kusakabe (voice)
Gregory Snegoff ... Dad (Troma version) (voice: English version)
Reiko Suzuki ... Rôba (voice)
Tarako ... Additional Voices (voice)
Machiko Washio ... Sensei (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Additional Voices (voice)

Brianne Brozey ... Michiko (Troma version) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

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)
Eiko Tanaka .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tetsuya Endo .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Hayao Miyazaki .... storyboard artist
Nobuko Mizuta .... color designer
 
Sound Department
Naoko Asari .... assistant recording director
Petra Bach .... supervising adr editor (2005 Disney Version)
Randy Coppinger .... adr recordist (2005 Disney Version)
Tom E. Dahl .... re-recording mixer
Koji Fukushima .... recording staff
Shuji Inoue .... sound mixer
Franklin Jones Jr. .... re-recording mixer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer (2005 Disney Version)
William Komar .... adr recordist (2005 Disney Version)
Hironori Ono .... assistant sound effects editor
Kazutoshi Satou .... sound effects editor
Shigeharu Shiba .... sound director
Makoto Sumiya .... recording staff
Akiyoshi Yoda .... dialogue editor
Rokurô Ôtani .... recording staff
 
Special Effects by
Kunji Tanifuji .... special effects (as Kaoru Tanifuji)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Motoaki Ikegami .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Shinji Ikegami .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Kazumi Iketani .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Hiroshi Itô .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Yôichi Kuroda .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Katsunori Maehara .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Mitsuko Nanba .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Hiroshi Noguchi .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Kiyoshi Saeki .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Hisao Shirai .... production camera supervisor
Tomoko Sugiyama .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Katsuji Suzuki .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Noriko Suzuki .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Tetsuo Ôfuji .... camera operator: Studio Cosmos
 
Animation Department
Junko Adachi .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Tomoko Asahi .... cel painter: Studio Step
Masaaki Endo .... animator
Yuka Endô .... inbetween animator
Yôko Fujino .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Kazuko Fukutomi .... inbetween animator
Makiko Futaki .... animator
Hiromi Hanawa .... cel painter: Studio Step
Tokuko Harada .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Keiichiro Hattori .... inbetween animator
Kyôko Higurashi .... inbetween animator
Junko Ina .... background artist: Atelier BWCA
Akiko Ishii .... inbetween animator: Anime Torotoro
Kôji Itô .... inbetween animator: Anime Torotoro
Norichika Iwakiri .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Emiko Iwayanagi .... inbetween animator
Toyoko Kajio .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Yoshinori Kanada .... animator
Hidetoshi Kaneko .... background artist: Atelier BWCA
Toshio Kawaguchi .... animator
Tadateru Kawamura .... inbetween animator: Anime Torotoro
Shinji Kimura .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Naoki Kitamura .... inbetween animator: Studio Fantasia
Komasa .... inbetween animator
Katsuya Kondô .... animator
Yuriko Kudo .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Masaki Kudô .... animator: Madhouse
Yuki Kyôno .... cel painter: Studio Step
Yukari Maeda .... inbetween animator
Kiyoko Makita .... inbetween animator
Riwako Matsui .... inbetween animator
Tsuyoshi Matsumuro .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Hajime Matsuoka .... background artist
Yuko Matsuura .... background artist: Atelier BWCA
Nagisa Miyazaki .... inbetween animator
Takayo Mizutani .... inbetween animator
Chiyomi Morisawa .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Shinji Morohashi .... inbetween animator
Mamoru Murao .... cel painting technical assistance: Jôsai Duplo
Yoshiko Murata .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Jun'ichi Nagano .... inbetween animator: Studio Fantasia
Miwako Nakamura .... cel checker
Kenji Narita .... cel checker
Rie Niidome .... inbetween animator
Michiko Nishimaki .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Toshio Nozaki .... background artist
Kumiko Ohtani .... inbetween animator
Miyoko Oka .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Kazumi Okabe .... inbetween animator
Masakazu Okada .... inbetween animator
Tensai Okamura .... animator (as Yutaka Okamura)
Tensai Okamura .... animator: Madhouse (as Yutaka Okamura)
Masayuki Ota .... inbetween animator: Studio Fantasia
Nobuhiro Otsuka .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Shinji Otsuka .... animator
Kazutaka Ozaki .... inbetween animator
Masako Sakano .... clean-up and inbetween artist
Masako Sakano .... inbetween animator
Yoshiharu Sato .... supervising animator
Yorimi Sawauchi .... cel painter: Studio Step
Reiko Shibuya .... cel painter: Studio Step
Ritsuko Shiina .... inbetween animator
Nobumasa Shinkawa .... animator: Madhouse
Masako Shinohara .... animator
Makoto Shiraishi .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Kiyoko Sugawara .... background artist
Reiko Suzuki .... cel painter: Studio Step
Yasuko Tachiki .... animation checker
Hideko Tagawa .... animator
Yûki Takagi .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Aiko Takahashi .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Naomi Takahashi .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Hiroe Takekura .... cel painter: Studio Step
Naoko Takenawa .... inbetween animator
Yôji Takeshige .... background artist
Keiko Tamura .... background artist: Atelier BWCA
Hatsue Tanaka .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Makoto Tanaka .... animator
Ritsuko Tanaka .... inbetween animator
Sadahiko Tanaka .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Tsukasa Tannai .... animator
Hitomi Tateno .... animation checker
Teruyo Tateyama .... cel checker
Akiko Teshima .... inbetween animator
Mayumi Watabe .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Keiko Watanabe .... inbetween animator
Nobuko Watanabe .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Aki Yamagata .... inbetween animator
Akira Yamagawa .... background artist: Atelier BWCA
Hirômi Yamakawa .... animator
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto .... inbetween animator: Studio Fantasia
Noriko Yamamura .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Fumi Yamane .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Yukari Yamaura .... inbetween animator: Anime Torotoro
Toki Yanagi .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Michiyo Yasuda .... cel painter
Fujino Yonei .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Hajime Yoshida .... inbetween animator: Studio Fantasia
Hisako Yoshida .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Masaki Yoshizaki .... background artist
Michiko Ôide .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Naoko Ôkawa .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Kiyomi Ôta .... background artist (as Kiyomi Ota)
Michiko Ôta .... cel painter: Studio Killy
 
Editorial Department
Hiroshi Adachi .... assistant editor
Chris DeLaGuardia .... color timer
Cory Hansen .... post-production coordinator (2005 version)
 
Music Department
Kaiulani Kidani .... music transfer
Kôki Miura .... music producer: Tokuma Japan
Eugene H. Saburi .... music transfer
Takashi Watanabe .... music producer: Tokuma Japan
 
Other crew
Shigeru Asô .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Cindy Davis Hewitt .... adaptation: English version
Rick Dempsey .... dialogue director
Donald H. Hewitt .... adaptation: English version
Hiroyuki Itô .... production assistant
Osamu Kameyama .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Akira Kaneko .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Masahiro Kasuya .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Hiroyuki Katô .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Toshiyuki Kawabata .... production desk
Hirokatsu Kihara .... production desk
Tomoko Kobayashi .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Hisayoshi Kodaka .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Ned Lott .... additional voice director (2005 version)
Carl Macek .... english producer
David Midthunder .... voice
Mikio Mori .... technical assistance: Far East Continental
Kazuo Oga .... executive background stylist
Hideo Ogata .... planner
Takao Sasaki .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Hikogorô Shiraishi .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Takaaki Suzuki .... production assistant
Toshio Suzuki .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Minoru Tadokoro .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Yoshio Tsuboike .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Tatsumi Yamashita .... planner
Michio Yokoo .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Tetsuhiko Yoshida .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
Tsutomu Ôtsuka .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "My Neighbor Totoro"
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tonari no Totoro" - Japan (original title)
"My Neighbour Totoro" - India (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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Runtime:
86 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Stereo)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The names of the two girls, Satsuki and Mei are a play on the word May. "Satsuki" is an old Japanese word for May, and "Mei" is the Japanese pronunciation of the English word "May".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mei and Satsuki are running back home from school because of the rain, Mei trips and there is mud on her skirt. After a few scenes, her skirt does not have the mud.See more »
Quotes:
Mei Kusakabe:To-to-ro? You're Totoro!... I bet you're Totoro...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)See more »
Soundtrack:
SampoSee more »

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67 out of 91 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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