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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 »
User Reviews:
Totoro is a Winner See more (288 total) »

Cast

 
Toshiyuki Amagasa ... Kanta (voice)

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

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)

Kimberly Guerrero ... Various Voices (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)
Bridget Hoffman ... (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)
Ikue Ohtani ... (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)
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)

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
Tensai Okamura .... animator (as Yutaka Okamura)
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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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Stereo)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the 2005 World Expo in Japan, a classic Japanese house modeled after Satsuki and Mei's house, was built and opened to the public.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Satsuki, Mei Kusakabe:Come out, come out, whereever you are!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ghiblies: Episode 1 (2000) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tonari no TotoroSee more »

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54 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Totoro is a Winner, 5 April 2005
Author: Andrzej Banas from Canada

Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro is a film that should be able to put a smile on any viewers face, and without a doubt, it'll take you on one of the most whimsical and fantastic journey's ever.

My Neighbor Totoro is a story that definitely something children can relate with, as i watched this with someone, they immediately paused the film and asked if this reminded me of being 4 years old again. This film really connects with people. But it's far from a quality nostalgia piece, it's well animated, beautiful, avoids cliché stereotypes (from both typical of the Anime genre and Children's Fantasy films), and is beautifully filmed (see scenes such as the girls waiting for the bus with Totoro and the scene where the magic nuts and seeds grow with the help of Totoro).

Even the English dub done by Fox isn't as bad everyone states. I've seen the Japanese version, and i'd have to say it's a mixed-bag between having Mei's voice sounds a bit too bratty for the English version, or having the Father's voice sound a bit awkward and perhaps not as caring in the Japanese version. Disney is said to be releasing a re-dub in mid-to-late 2005, so perhaps that will even out the controversy.

This film may not reach the heights of other Anime classics (mainly it's double bill with Grave of the Fireflies, or Miyazaki's other masterpieces Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away), however this will definitely be high on any film lovers list, and is definitely a high water mark of it's genre.

A solid 9/10, This film is next to impossible to watch without it pushing a smile out of your face.

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