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My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: 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 Mei, two young girls who find that 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


This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that 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. The English-language version of this film wasn't dubbed until many years later, explaining the presence of actors such as Dakota Fanning in the cast (who wasn't even born until 1994).

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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.

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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

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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
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 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
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.
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this movie since I was very young, but was disappointed to find that Disney decided to re-dub the movie with such famous stars as Dakota Fanning, who proves to be an extremely annoying voice to tolerate for an entire feature length film. I think I was even more disappointed when I bought this product, which clearly lists the original dub cast on this very page, and received the newest dub.
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
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 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.
Austinmamma More than 1 year ago
My Neighbor Totoro is one of my favorite movies, of any genre, of all time. Myself, my husband,and my two oldest kids (the youngest is still an infant), watch it every coupe of Months.It is a true kids' movie - meaning for kids, or the young kid still in all of us. It does not talk down to kids. It shows the world as we all have seen it, from a four or five year old point of view; where nature and fantasy and our family and strangers all blend together. Things are mysterious and make perfect sense in a magical / logical way. The creatures are big and toothy and powerful, but not scary. There are no big scary scenes or characters to inspire awe, just incredible landscapes and wonderous creatures. The sounds are one of my favorite parts; bugs chirping in the heat of mid day, flutes being played atop a huge tree, a frog in the road. Miyazaki lingers on these sounds and also on moments in nature, like leaves in a stream and rain drops on roofs. A great movie to watch when you want to feel like a five year old with bare feet and the ability to see magical creatures. The story is touching and the characters very real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To childish and also need more romance.