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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

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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My Neighbor Totoro  »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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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 »

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

Mei Kusakabe: To-to-ro? You're Totoro!... I bet you're Totoro...
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Crazy Credits

The ending sequence has animation of Totoro and some of the characters from the film walking. See more »

Connections

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonari no Totoro
("My Neighbor Totoro")
Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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This is a great film!
1 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

There is no compulsory villain in this wonderfully animated film, no moral lessons, no standard blue print story, and the characters will definitely not break out in a song. Thank God! It's simply a great film for all ages. Don't mind if the soundtrack isn't dubbed to your native language, my kids (4 and 6 years old) could easily follow the story with just a few helpers. Japanese is a wonderful language. The film has great direction, beautiful backgrounds and a mystical, pleasant aura throughout. There's nothing like this, I promise you. It's idyllic, for the most part, but still with an exciting story that unfolds into something very unexpected.


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