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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Tonari no Totoro (original title)
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noriko Hidaka ... Satsuki (voice)
Chika Sakamoto ... Mei (voice)
Shigesato Itoi ... Tatsuo Kusakabe (voice)
... Yasuko Kusakabe (voice)
Tanie Kitabayashi ... Granny (voice)
Hitoshi Takagi ... Totoro (voice)
Yûko Maruyama ... Kanta's Mother (voice)
Machiko Washio ... Sensei (voice)
Reiko Suzuki ... Rôba (voice)
Masashi Hirose ... Kanta's Father (voice)
Toshiyuki Amagasa ... Kanta (voice)
... Kusakari-Otoko (voice)
... Cat Bus / Additional Voices (voice)
Tarako ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tomohiro Nishimura ... Postal Messanger (voice)
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Two young girls, 10-year-old Satsuki and her 4-year-old sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuki and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros (pronounced toe-toe-ro). They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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16 April 1988 (Japan)  »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Originaly Mei and Satsuki were going to be one character (hence the reason why on the poster there is only one girl) however, they were split into two to add more suspense near the end. See more »

Goofs

When Mei is walking around with corn, a goat walks up and bears its large teeth. The goat shows a full set of upper and lower teeth. This is a mistake as goats do not have upper teeth. See more »

Quotes

SatsukiMei Kusakabe: Come out, come out, wherever you are!
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Crazy Credits

Drawings in the closing credits show the mother returning home in a taxi and having a bath with Satsuki and Mei. There is also the appearance of a baby dressed in blue, perhaps a younger sibling (brother?) for the girls. See more »


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Sampo
("Hey Let's Go")
Lyrics by Reiko Nakagawa
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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A delightful, touching, timeless classic!
20 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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