My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

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 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… See more details below

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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 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).

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
UPC:
4891670633645
Original Release:
1988
Source:
Ais
Sales rank:
50,284

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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