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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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(338 articles)
User Reviews:
A kids movie? See more (275 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:
The forest creatures and title characters of this movie got their name when Mei, the little girl who first sees them in the film, mispronounces the word "troll". At one point in the original Japanese language version, when Satsuki first finds Mei sleeping in the grove behind their house, Mei tells her sister she saw a "totoro". Satsuki replies, "Totoro, do you mean troll, from the storybook?" and Mei nods in agreement. This aspect of the story was left out of the 1993 Fox English version, probably because the difference between ""to-ro-ru" (the Japanese pronunciation of "troll") and "to-to-ro" would have been lost on English-speaking audiences. The quote is included in the 2006 Disney English version.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:
Tatsuo Kusakabe:Trees and people used to be good friends. I saw that tree and decided to buy the house. Hope Mom likes it too. Okay, let's pay our respects then get home for lunch.See more »
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183 out of 193 people found the following review useful.
A kids movie?, 25 November 2003
Author: jmjolnir

Picture if you will, a 27 year old male, scanning through his dvd collection, trying to figure out what to watch, on a boring night at home. Suddenly, he stops at My Neighbor Totoro and smiles. Well, that's a pretty typical happenning around the house here.

Miyazaki created a true masterpiece with this film. It has everything a person, of any age, could want. There are points that it is hilarious, a few points where it makes one slightly nervous, the animation is outstanding (as with all Miyazaki films), and aside from lacking a little bit in plot (what movie doesn't nowadays?), the story is wonderful.

One of the things that makes this film shine, at least for me, is that there is absolutely no antagonist role. No bad guy whatsoever, and only a genius like Miyazaki could pull that off.

Is this a childrens movie? Yes, of course it is. Is it a movie only for children? Well... maybe for the inner child inside all of us. There's humour in this movie that the young will laugh at, and there's a bit of humour in the movie that only adults will fully catch and appreciate, without it being "adult humour".

I would reccommend, and have reccommended this film to anyone that would listen.

Thank you again Miyazaki Sensei.

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