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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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Hayao Miyazaki

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Hayao Miyazaki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noriko Hidaka Noriko Hidaka ... Satsuki (voice)
Chika Sakamoto Chika Sakamoto ... Mei (voice)
Shigesato Itoi Shigesato Itoi ... Tatsuo Kusakabe (voice)
Sumi Shimamoto ... Yasuko Kusakabe (voice)
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi ... Granny (voice)
Hitoshi Takagi Hitoshi Takagi ... Totoro (voice)
Yûko Maruyama Yûko Maruyama ... Kanta's Mother (voice)
Machiko Washio Machiko Washio ... Sensei (voice)
Reiko Suzuki Reiko Suzuki ... Rôba (voice)
Masashi Hirose Masashi Hirose ... Kanta's Father (voice)
Toshiyuki Amagasa Toshiyuki Amagasa ... Kanta (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Kusakari-Otoko (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ... Cat Bus / Additional Voices (voice)
Tarako Tarako ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tomohiro Nishimura Tomohiro Nishimura ... Postal Messanger (voice)
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Neighbor Totoro See more »

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Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Stereo)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Hayao Miyazaki: [flying] The Totoros fly on the top with Satsuki and Mei during the tree scene. See more »

Goofs

When the father bikes with his daughters down a hill, on the road they ride on there are stones and parts of wood, but the bike doesn't shake. See more »

Quotes

Satsuki: You're such a baby! Just grow up!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In the alternate 2005 Disney version of 'My Neighbor Totoro' the Fox studios voice actors and actress including Cheryl Chase, Lisa Michelson have been completely replaced with Disney voice actors and actress including Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning. Also the opening and closing songs are sung by Sonya Isaacs in the Disney version. Also gone are the strangers talking back to Mei and Satsuki (this is to make it truer to the Japanese version), The elderly woman who was called Nanny is now called Granny in the Disney version. Also the Disney version has a wide-screen whereas the Fox studio version had a full screen version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonari no Totoro
("My Neighbor Totoro")
Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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Totoro is a Winner
5 April 2005 | by ww_sketcherSee all my reviews

Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro is a film that should be able to put a smile on any viewers face, and without a doubt, it'll take you on one of the most whimsical and fantastic journey's ever.

My Neighbor Totoro is a story that definitely something children can relate with, as i watched this with someone, they immediately paused the film and asked if this reminded me of being 4 years old again. This film really connects with people. But it's far from a quality nostalgia piece, it's well animated, beautiful, avoids cliché stereotypes (from both typical of the Anime genre and Children's Fantasy films), and is beautifully filmed (see scenes such as the girls waiting for the bus with Totoro and the scene where the magic nuts and seeds grow with the help of Totoro).

Even the English dub done by Fox isn't as bad everyone states. I've seen the Japanese version, and i'd have to say it's a mixed-bag between having Mei's voice sounds a bit too bratty for the English version, or having the Father's voice sound a bit awkward and perhaps not as caring in the Japanese version. Disney is said to be releasing a re-dub in mid-to-late 2005, so perhaps that will even out the controversy.

This film may not reach the heights of other Anime classics (mainly it's double bill with Grave of the Fireflies, or Miyazaki's other masterpieces Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away), however this will definitely be high on any film lovers list, and is definitely a high water mark of it's genre.

A solid 9/10, This film is next to impossible to watch without it pushing a smile out of your face.


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