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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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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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The film is partially autobiographical. When Hayao Miyazaki and his brothers were children, his mother suffered from spinal tuberculosis for nine years, and spent much of her time hospitalized. It is implied, yet never revealed in the film, that Satsuki and Mei's mother also suffers from tuberculosis. He once said the film would have been too painful for him to make if the two protagonists were boys instead of girls. See more »

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The color of the umbrella handle that Kanta offers Satsuki changes. See more »

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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.
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This is the movie I watch to restore my faith in humanity
29 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I first saw "My Neighbor Totoro" when I was maybe seven.At the time, I thought that it was really boring(that was still when I liked Disney movies). Years later, when I discovered "Princess Mononoke" I learned that MNT was by the same director and watched it again. And I find that I appreciate this film a whole lot more now then I did when I was seven.

The animation is absolutely stunning(as with all Miyazaki films)and the story is deceptively simple, told with patient, subtle attention to detail. The best example IMO is the scene where Mei falls asleep on Totoro's stomach.It's fruitless to try and describe it;you have to see it for yourself.

In closing, I would just like to say that I can't wait for a decent DVD to arrive so I can view this quiet masterpiece in widescreen in Japanese with subtitles.


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