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15 Sweet & Quirky Quotes from My Neighbor Totoro

One of the most well-known Miyazaki films, My Neighbor Totoro is a gentle, heart-warming film. Unexpected magic twists through the seemingly simplistic story of two girls and their father moving to a new home. These quotes gather together the wonder, the magic, and the sweet quirkiness of the film.

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“Do you like spirits, mommy? Even fuzzy ones?” - Mei Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Mei Kusakabe Spooks in the house?



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

My Neighbor Totoro Mei Kusakabe You're Totoro



“That's wonderful. Good for you! I've always wanted to have a haunted house. It's been my lifelong dream!” - Tatsuo Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Tatsuo Kusakabe Always wanted to live in a haunted house!



“Trees and people used to be good friends. I saw that tree and decided to buy the house. Hope Mom likes it too.” - Tatsuo Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Tatsuo Kusakabe This tree



“Well, ghosts are a lot harder to see. But when you suddenly move from a lighted room to a dark one, you can't see for a second, and that's when the dust bunnies come out.” - Tatsuo Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Tatsuo Kusakabe



“Can some ghosts live upstairs?” - Mei Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Mei Kusakabe Ghosts upstairs?



“We thought you might not be too happy about the house being filled with spooks.” - Satsuki Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Satsuki Kusakabe Spooks in the house



“If we all keep smiling, the sprites may gradually go away and leave this place alone. Yes, I'm sure that somewhere up in that ceiling, they're busily discussing plans for leaving the house.” - Kanta's Grandmother

My Neighbor Totoro Kanta's Grandmother Keep smiling



“Totoro, I beg you, please protect Mei. She'll be lost, and probably scared. Please believe me, I'll be good for the rest of my life if I can just see her again.” - Satsuki Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Satsuki Kusakabe protect her



“I also believe that you met the King of the Forest, Mei, and meeting him is a sign of good luck. But there's no guarantee that you'll see him all the time.” - Tatsuo Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Tatsuo Kusakabe I believe you



“I hate boys! But I love Nanny's food better than anything else in the whole wide world.” - Satsuki Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Satsuki Kusakabe I hate boys



“It isn't the end of the world. Your old Nanny's here to help. Let's see that beautiful smile.” - Kanta's Grandmother

My Neighbor Totoro Kanta's Grandmother Not the end



“You'd better be careful after I get home, because I intend to spoil them rotten for a while.” - Yasuko Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Yasuko Kusakabe Spoil them rotten



“Everybody, try laughing. Then whatever scares you will go away! ” - Tatsuo Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Tatsuo Kusakabe Try laughing!



“Well, I'm not sure, but I could've sworn that I saw both of the girls up in the treetop, laughing.” - Yasuko Kusakabe

My Neighbor Totoro Yasuko Kusakabe Heard them laughing


The captivating magic of My Neighbor Totoro is perhaps the central theme of the entire film. But it would never work without the grounded, fleshed out characters who carry out the theme. Whether they speak or stay silent, their warmth permeates the movie with a gentle charm that never goes out of style.

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