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Release Date:
16 April 1988 (Japan) See more »
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 »
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A delightful, touching, timeless classic! See more (296 total) »


  (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 ... Nanny (voice: English version)

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

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)
Ikue Ohtani ... Additional Voices (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)

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)
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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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Stereo)

Did You Know?

The sequence where Mei gets lost attempting to deliver an ear of corn to her mother includes her sitting by a row of statues. In Japan, such statues represent the Bodhisattva Jizo, the Buddhist deity who is the protector of children. Thus, the effect Miyasaki is conveying is a subtle reassurance to the audience that Mei, although lost at the moment, is otherwise in no immediate danger while her sister and King Totoro are coming to her aid in the Cat Bus.See more »
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 »
Satsuki, Mei Kusakabe:Come out, come out, whereever you are!See more »
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116 out of 128 people found the following review useful.
A delightful, touching, timeless classic!, 20 February 2005
Author: EarthwormJimFan from United States

From the brilliant "Walt Disney of Japan", Hayao Miyazaki, comes a wonderful soothing film that everyone will simply embrace. Featuring stunning animation, endearing personable characters, and a heart-tugging storyline that's simple, enchanting, and even dramatic.

Sometimes you feel like you're not watching an animated children's movie, because the characters (particularly the children) and the storyline seem so realistic. There's no bad guy, no song numbers, and no references to pop-culture. Most cartoons (especially Disney) feature these and it gets old and routine. Here we have a break from all of that and get a real masterpiece.

Miraculously, Totoro doesn't talk, and yet you can still understand what the lovable furry creature is thinking with his endearing actions. And the six-legged CatBus is undeniably one of the most imaginative characters in animation history. And the human characters are also remarkable. Mei and Satsuki act like little girls, not like kids who are smarter than adults (a routine toons today are guilty of).

I loved Totoro when I was a small child and I always will. When I have children of my own someday, I will show them Totoro instead of toy commercials like Dora and Elmo's world.

BOTTOM LINE: A masterpiece... pure and simple.

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