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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 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

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 »

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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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ernest & Celestine (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonari no Totoro
("My Neighbor Totoro")
Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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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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