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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Tonari no Totoro (original title)
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)
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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)
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Kusakari-Otoko (voice)
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Cat Bus / Additional Voices (voice)
Tarako ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Tomohiro Nishimura ...
Postal Messanger (voice)
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Two young girls, Satsuki and her younger 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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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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

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

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Totoro is a Winner
5 April 2005 | by (Canada) – See 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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