My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly

Cast: Hayao Miyazaki, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly


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This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mai, two young girls who find their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest.


This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mai, two young girls who find their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. Like most films released by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, this family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
Suffused with the innocent wistfulness of childhood, My Neighbor Totoro (1988) is a delightful anime film that finds magic in everyday occurrences -- dust bunnies morph into frightening creatures, and the sound of rain on an umbrella becomes a joyous symphony. Master anime director Hayao Miyazaki spins the story of young Mei and Satsuki Kusakabe, two sisters who move with their family to a rural community in order to help their mother recuperate from an illness. After Mei discovers a large, smiling, roly-poly creature called Totoro in the nearby forest, the sisters explore a new world of imagination and adventure. Totoro shows them how dancing at night helps the trees grow, and how wind is created by spinning on treetops. A whimsical tale rich with joy and human kindness, My Neighbor Totoro reminds audiences that human beings are intrinsically connected with nature. In fact, Totoro has since inspired a group of environmentalists to preserve the rural lands of Tokorozawa, which serve not only as the movie's setting, but also as Miyazaki's home. The coexistence of humanity and the environment is a common theme for the director, who explores it further in the more adult-minded Princess Mononoke.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
In the world of Hayao Miyazaki, the curiosity of two sisters drives the narrative for a story that seems created purely for the sake of whimsical pleasure. There are no villains, and the family actually cares for each other. What's more, the imagination of little girls in the natural and spiritual world is encouraged and celebrated. While unheard of in an American animated adventure, all these elements create a joyous family film that is lighthearted fun for children, yet full of enough nuance to please an adult audience. With Miyazaki's hand-drawn style of sweeping backgrounds and fuzzy creatures, the simple exploration of a backyard is transformed into a magical journey. Unlike typical Disney films, the children's antics never seem contrived or fall into a battle-against-adults storyline. My Neighbor Totoro embraces the creativity inherent in a little girl's play time, while honoring it with the subtle details of a dramatic work. The features of Totoro and the Cat Bus are rendered lovingly, and the family is portrayed as a positive and comforting presence. However, My Neighbor Totoro is not a sugar-coated fantasy; some scenes portray the very real-life fears of being alone at night at a bus stop and being separated from an ill loved one. There are also some humorous bits that reveal a careful observation of children, as well as some genuinely inspiring moments in keeping with the ecological themes Miyazaki frequently returns to. This film does not suffer from a lack of conflict; it succeeds as an adventure fueled by the innocence and wonder of a little girl.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the Microphone with Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning; Complete storyboards - get an insider's look at the film's artistry; Original Japanese trailer; Opening and closing animation (without credits)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dakota Fanning Satsuki [Disney dub]
Elle Fanning Mei [Disney dub]
Tim Daly Dad [Disney dub]
Lea Salonga Mom [Disney dub]
Pat Carroll Granny [Disney dub]
Lisa Michelson Satsuki [Fox dub]
Cheryl Chase Mei [Fox dub]
Greg Snegoff Dad [Fox dub]
Alexandra Kenworthy Mom [Fox dub]
Natalie Core Nanny [Fox dub]
Noriko Hidaka Satsuki
Chika Sakamoto Mei
Shigesato Itoi Dad
Sumi Shimamoto Mom
Tanie Kitabayashi Kanta's Grandmother
Hitoshi Takagi Totoro
Machiko Washio Teacher

Technical Credits
Hayao Miyazaki Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Joe Hisaishi Score Composer
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Yasuyoshi Tokuma Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Neighbor Totoro: Feature
1. Opening Credits/The New Home [10:43]
2. A Haunted House? [10:18]
3. Visiting Mother [4:02]
4. Discovery! [10:49]
5. Mei's Tale [5:32]
6. School With Satsuki [2:48]
7. Kanta's Umbrella [3:28]
8. The Bus Stop [7:41]
9. Totoro's Gift [6:47]
10. The Telegram [7:58]
11. Searching for Mei [10:50]
12. The Hospital Express/End Credits [7:19]

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My Neighbor Totoro 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Neighbor Totoro is the best children's movie I have ever seen. It is brilliant, refreshing and wildly creative with strong female characters. Unlike most American children's movies, there is no violence. That being said, the original movie is far better than the newly released Disney version in which Disney redubs the film and changes many of the lines that the characters say. Comparing the original to the new one, it is inconceivable (and arrogant) why they changed a thing since there was nothing wrong with the film to begin with. Now, we're left to suffer with Disney's terrible "improvements" and are left to search for the old version and make bootleg copies of it to distribute to our friends so they too can enjoy the best children's movie ever the way it was intended to be seen by American audiences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Neighbor Totoro is most certainly an excellent movie, but only if you look past the fact that Disney slaughtered the movie because of the new voice acting.Having grown up on this movie I was shocked to see the DVD version.My advice is that you should seek out the original VHS version by FOX.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I haven't seen the entire film, of the clips I have seen were disappointing regarding the dubbing. Unlike Spirited Away, where the dubbing worked, the charm is lost in this one. Why can't they provide the full original version with captions? Are we all really too lazy to read the subtitles?
Anime_obsessed More than 1 year ago
I used to watch this every day when I was a small girl! then i saw it here and completely freaked out! It's an adorable show that everyone will love!
Wolfgirl93 More than 1 year ago
This is by far the worst movie i have ever seen. The original movie was a hundred times better than this crap. They ruined the voices and songs for this movie. I don't get why they had to change the voices. Disney you've screwed up a very good movie. Lets see how many more you screw up. If I could i'd rate this with no stars so sadly i have to put at least one 1 which you don't even deserve.
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i love this movie is is the best ever i love it so much i recommend this movie to alot of people 
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
From acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki "My Neighbor Totoro" with key characters Satsuki and Mei is a delightful fantasy. This is great family entertainment. The storyline is engaging and the characters are endearing, along with magical music. Creatures that only the "young-at-heart" and young in age can see are assisting to make a difficult situation easier to deal with. Some of the creatures may make you think of giant huggable hamsters. *Great detail in the animation makes this DVD a wonderful choice for family movie time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is spectacular for so many reasons and on so many levels. But above all else it is entertaining from start to finish. I don't think one person left his/her chair until well after the final scene. And after watching, everyone wanted to talk about it. The story is fantastically playful and exciting but also warmly realistic and touching. And the animation presents all of that in the most natural way. The human characters seem comfortably familiar and the various creatures discovered by the children are uniquely mysterious and lovable. The underlying theme of a family's care and support for each other during difficult times is presented through the innocent perspective of the young sisters. Through their desperate desires to have the family together again, they turn to their mystical friends and to each other. At face value this is an unforgettable film but you will discover much more to enjoy beyond the surface. You will find fascinating windows into Japanese culture and folklore, a glimpse into the author's respect and love of nature, and the intangible qualities of hand animation; an art form which is nearing extinction worldwide. Watching this film is truly a special experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie more than any other movie!!! i first saw it when i was like 7 and i still love it!!! and my favorite thing is the cat/bus!! its a bus...but its also a cat!!! ok im EXTREMLY easily amussed so bear with me here ok people? well i loved it and i love anime so um...yea...oh!!! and i just want to reach in and huggle them all!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! huggles and love to all! -Rain
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when I was three, and I loved it right from the start. I am now seventeen, and I can still watch the movie and love every part of it. I've grown up with this movie, and it holds such a beautiful timeless story that I'll always enjoy. I highly recommend this movie for all to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this film over 5 years ago from my grandmother. The first time I watched it I was amazed by the storyline and the music. I watched it several times after that. I also liked the chinese animation. My favorite part is when there is a cat but it is also a train. It runs and does basic stuff that a cat would do, yet is a train. It's the best movie ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous film for the whole family. We can't get enough of it in our house. There is magic, adventure, and emotion in this film, shown in a way that is accessible to kids. Buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is film is beautiful and sweet. As always the U.S. voice acting is horrible but the movie is not ruined by even that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one movie that always cuts the cake. I saw it a week ago. I'm eleven, and I thought it would be for a younger audience than me. I couldn't be more wrong. I was extremely surprised by the enormous amount of feeling this movie gave to me. While Princess Mononoke may definitely be better on a grand scale, nothing brought me more into the story than this. I just wanted to die when the commercials wouldn't end as I saw this on Cartoon Network's spring break 2006 for the first time. I loved it. I am definitely going to buy it. And, while Spirited Away is certainly a good movie, I found out that it wasn't all that great. After the 3rd time of seeing it, I don't really see the magic in it. It definitely is not as powerful as Princess Mononoke or as cute and cuddly as this. Although the cuddliness is huge, I still think this is one rock hard movie. I give it 10 out of 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite movie since I was a child. I first put my eye's on it in a movie rental store called 100,000 movies (this was about when I was seven). My dad rented it along with other movie's and when we went home my mother, father, older sister and I sat down on the couch and wachted it together. since then i've asked my dad to rent it everytime he went to 100,000 movie's. Then we moved from there, and I ended up never going there again. Instead we started to go to Blockbuster. I was scared that they didn't have it there, but to my surprise they had! Now a couple of years have past, and still I don't own the movie. Hopefully I await for Christmas to come, where it will be 'secretly' given to me as a present. So everytime I see the movie, it makes me cry for no reason. I guess you can say it's a little wierd, but I don't think it is. I just think it's such a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow,where to start on this one? Okay, well of course we're all really grateful to the Mouse Machine for giving us the improved production (wide screen and dual language) of a film so many of us love to the very core of our being and we'll definitely buy a copy or two, but then we watch their new dub and realize they still don't quite get it. Even with Miyazaki's tight contractual stipulations we can still wind up with bad english voice cast and skewed americanization of the script. Note to Mouse: It's a Miyazaki film. You don't need a recognizable "Hollywood name" in the cast to sell it. And just because someone is a talented SCREEN actor doesn't necessarily make him or her a good VOICE actor (match the mouth flaps anyone?). Track down a copy of the original Fox english release and watch how much better it was with a cast that was more vocally and energetically matched to the Japanese language version. And while you're watching, pay attention to the dialog. Notice how the Fox script more closely matches the Japanese translation? Regardless, this is a GREAT movie for ALL ages. It is charming beyond measure and infinitely re-watchable. It's a wonderful gift movie for the toddler thru grade-school age group - adorable characters, realistic children, beautiful animation and a sweet story. Parental cautionary note: the story does involve a hospitalized parent (the mother). Though she does get better and come home (as seen in the ending credits) this might be a difficult theme for a child in this situation or one who has actually lost a parent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie should be in everyone's home library, if you have kids in the house or you're just a kid at heart. It is by far my favorite anime movie.