My Neighbor Totoro
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- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 17, 2017
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Shout Factory
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Behind the microphone
- Creating My Neighbor Totoro
- Creating the characters
- The "Totoro" experience
- Producer's Perspective: creating Ghibli
- The locations of My Neighbor Totoro
- ...and More!
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Japanese
- Subtitles - English, French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Edited by||Takeshi Seyama|
|Screenwriting by||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Composition by||Joe Hisaishi|
|Voice:||Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, Frank Welker, Pat Carroll & Paul Butcher|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I'm not afraid of dust bunnies."
- Mei to Satsuki
"C'mon, what are you waiting for' We have to laugh loud to scare a spirit."
- Father to Mei and Satsuki
"Next stop: Little Sister."
- Catbus to Satsuki
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Even the most amazing of the great Pixar films could be tagged with the label of "antiseptic." No one would use that for Totoro, which, especially if seen under optimum conditions, astounds with its vibrancy. Full Review
The film moves freely between delicately observed adolescent emotion and wondrous imagery.
The theme of innocent love is so prevalent and it feels good to watch unconditional displays of it, even within an animated fictional film. Full Review
As simply as we can put it, My Neighbor Totoro is a masterpiece of children's animation. There's no one we wouldn't recommend it to. Full Review
Under the Radar
The world the characters inhabit is less expressionist than impressionist, blessed with a delicate evocation of natural light and color that subtly incorporates Miyazaki's environmentalism. -- Grade: A
[I]t beguiles from beginning to end....What sticks with the viewer is the every-kid credibility of the girls' actions as they work, play and settle into their new surroundings.
Sight and Sound
Despite these limits, My Neighbor Totoro is a gentle and affirming film. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Departing from the action-oriented plots of his previous films (NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND and LAPUTA, CASTLE IN THE SKY), Japan's most beloved animator, Hayao Miyazaki, provides a slower-paced, stunningly realistic portrayal of life in the countryside. When their mother is hospitalized because of an unspecified illness, two young sisters spend a summer in the Japanese countryside with their father. The children's strange new environment turns out to be a natural wonderland filled with exotic real-life creatures and a trio of furry, woodland sprites who can only be seen by children. The film evokes both the terrors and wonders that children can experience unbeknownst to adults--a feeling the young Miyazaki knew only too well after his mother was hospitalized because of spinal tuberculosis. With homages to ALICE IN WONDERLAND and MARY POPPINS, the second film from Studio Ghibli delighted audiences and put the young animation studio on firm financial footing.
Two young sisters move to the Japanese countryside with their father, while their mother recuperates from an unspecified illness back at the city hospital. The children's strange new environment turns out to be a wonderland of living beauty that the two investigate with both curiosity and excitement. In addition to the exotic real-life creatures they encounter, a furry woodland sprite (who can only be seen by children) introduces them to a fantastic realm of tricks and possibilities.
- MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO was released in Japan as a double feature with GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, by director Isao Takahata, with whom Miyazaki founded Studio Ghibli. The idea was to attract schoolchildren to come see FIREFLIES for its historical content.
- The character Mei in TOTORO is four years old, about the same age director Hayao Miyazaki was when his mother was hospitalized.
- The movie is set in Tokorozawa City in Saitama Prefecture (Miyazaki's home), before urbanization transformed the farming community.
- When he started thinking about the film, Miyazaki stated that he wanted to avoid the "kids against adults" plots that often dominated anime films.
- Totoro is an entirely made-up creature, though people from many different cultures claim to recognize Totoro in their own folklore.
- Reknowned Japanese director Akira Kurosawa included TOTORO in a list of 100 films he considered the best. It was one of the few Japanese films on the list.
- In 1990, Studio Ghibli began to allow merchandisers to create stuffed toys and other products using Totoro. The success of Totoro goods is comparable to the popularity of Disney's merchandise.
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