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Tonari no Totoro

Tonari no Totoro

Alternative Titles

English: My Neighbor Totoro
Synonyms: My Neighbour Totoro
Japanese: となりのトトロ

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 16, 1988
Duration: 1 hr. 26 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.511 (scored by 111967 users)
Ranked: #1042
Popularity: #108
Members: 160,155
Favorites: 2,015
1 indicates a weighted score
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Synopsis

Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight they discover that their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit called Totoro who can be seen only through the eyes of a child. Totoro introduces them to extraordinary characters, including a cat that doubles as a bus, and takes them on a journey through the wonders of nature.

(Source: Disney)

Related Anime

Spin-off: Mei to Koneko Bus

Characters & Voice Actors

Totoro
Totoro
Main
Welker, Frank
English
Welker, Frank
Takagi, Hitoshi
Japanese
Takagi, Hitoshi
...
Kusakabe, Satsuki
Kusakabe, Satsuki
Main
Hidaka, Noriko
Japanese
Hidaka, Noriko
Ciampa, Letizia
Italian
Ciampa, Letizia
...
Kusakabe, Mei
Kusakabe, Mei
Main
Sakamoto, Chika
Japanese
Sakamoto, Chika
Fanning, Elle
English
Fanning, Elle
...
Nekobasu
Nekobasu
Supporting
Welker, Frank
English
Welker, Frank
Takagi, Hitoshi
Japanese
Takagi, Hitoshi

Staff

Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Storyboard
Kanada, Yoshinori
Original Character Design
Kimura, Shinji
Background Art
Seyama, Takeshi
Editing



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Sep 23, 2013
TheCriticsClub
Childhood is a blossoming period of learning and developing one's own idiosyncrasies. It has always been a sedate stage in which little youngsters define themselves through their senseless antics—ones that appear innocent but are of an elusive nature, and are merely an inadvertent expression of the capricious phase that is childhood. However, since kids are so full of youthful tendencies, very few directors have managed to portray the rascals in a sincere and realistic manner. But among those select few is an irreplaceable Ghibli film which has become a sensation both within its native community and the western world—and that film is Hayao Miyazaki's My read more
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Sep 11, 2008
Kenkei
I remember Totoro was my favorite anime. I'd pop it in the VCR player (yes, old school, I know) and watching it with my little brother when I was a little girl. Somewhere around 14 years later, it's still my favorite movie, and probably always will be.

Totoro's story is incredible: it captures the imagination of two girls with very different personalities. Satsuki, the older, responsible girl who takes care of household responsibilities while her mother is sick, and little Mei, a veritable firecracker who's curiosity knows no limits. What made this movie so incredible was how well it captured the imagination of kids their age. read more
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Feb 24, 2015
grzzed
It's often easy to get carried away in the everyday vices and tribulations of life. We often want to reminisce and look back on the better days, full of adventure and enjoyment. Well, this movie does an excellent job of bringing me back to that feeling. It is full of heart-whelming adventure, and exploration.

I always seem to watch this movie or any Studio Ghibli film for that matter, when I am wanting to experience a child-like sense of adventure. Miyazaki does am excellent job of creating a world, in which you would love to explore and experience. From the stellar landscapes, to the loving Characters, read more
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Nov 20, 2014
Monjoex
~ STORY ~
The story begin with two sister , Mei and Satsuki on a truck with their father , they are moving to their new home which is where the whole story revolves around. Their new home, their new place in the world. At first I didn't really understand the whole purpose of Totoro. I know the title of the film is based around him, but i didn't see much purpose to him being there. it was just basically a little magical element added in. And it suppose to show that someone is there for those girls. There read more
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Recommendations

Both have families moving into an old vacant house in rural areas. They have funny and childishness moments that have supernatural aspects to it. Not to mention both are movies and have absolutely wonderful and beautiful animation.
both are great movies by Hayao Miyazaki :3 with a touch of magic and peculiar creatures :]
The other day, I was reading an article about Miyazaki. If I'm recalling correctly, it was mentioned how a member of his staff had argued with him during the production of Spirited Away about how its heroine should've acted more hesitant and fearful when confronted with monsters. I'm mentioning this because I think this disagreement touches upon my biggest gripe with Miyazaki's 'kiddy flicks': they lack a relatable human edge that would've allowed me to become involved. For example, I was re-watching Laputa a week or so back and it struck me how, in real life, a girl would be left SOMEWHAT traumatised by falling from an airship and being pursued by a group of military nasties. But, in Miyazaki's world, everyone is all happy-happy, smiley-smiley, and while that might work when viewed through children's eyes, it doesn't cut it with me.

And this brings me to Momo. If memory serves, the person that disagreed with Miyazaki during Spirited Away also worked on Momo. Maybe that's a coincidence and is entirely irrelevant but, regardless, Momo is a lot closer to my ideal take on the 'girl meets magical creatures after moving to the middle of nowhere' premise. To be human is to be troubled and troubled is an apt way to describe Momo's titular heroine. She avoids social contact, rarely displays emotion, is uptight, unhappy to find herself relocated and deeply regrets the last words she aimed at her father before his death. Her struggles with life also went hand-in-hand with her reaction to finding herself housed with monsters; first running as far away as possible before attacking them when confronted. And, for me, her realistic behaviour both better relates to modern life than Ghibli's older, more child friendly offerings and works better as a consequence.

As for Totoro and why I'm linking it to Momo: it shares the most similar premise out of Miyazaki's films.
Both are movies from Hayao Miyazaki, and both are feelgood movies with a touching story and ending.
Both are Studio Ghibli classics that revolve around a young girl going on a strange and magical adventure.
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Both are about children which strive to be happy and loose parents - though in the GOTF it's much more tragical, girls in MNT are worried about their mother too. Both let you enter the world of kids, which is a good and interesting thing. And both have deeper meanings and very nice visual part.

Opening Theme

"Sanpo (さんぽ; Stroll)" by Azumi Inoue

Ending Theme

"Tonari no Totoro (となりのトトロ; My Neighbor Totoro)" by Azumi Inoue

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