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My Neighbor Totoro

A 1988 movie by Japanese Director Miyazaki

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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Apr 17, 2012

Like many, I think My Neighbor Totoro is one of Miyazaki's masterworks, and I think this a fine example of how to make an animated family film.  What I think makes this anime film so great is its simplicity.  Despite the fact that it's about two girls following around spirits and creatures, it's almost like a snapshot of real-life because of how believable the characters are, and this is what makes the film so enjoyable.  The artwork and animation is top-notch to boot.

This is a fine example of why Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most acclaimed animators in Japan (and around the globe).  If you're looking for a delightful animated family film free of needless sing-a-long cues and other cliches, then this is a must-have in your movie library.

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April 17, 2012
I watched this film and a few other Studio Ghibli films at a friends place a while ago for the first time. this quick tip is spot on.
April 17, 2012
Just curious, what other Ghibli animations did you see? And thanks for rating and popping by!!
April 17, 2012
I also saw Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke
April 17, 2012
What did you think of those?
April 18, 2012
Really enjoyed them both, Mononoke I would say was slightly better out of those two.
April 18, 2012
I need to give Mononoke' another watch, and I'll probably give Castle' a watch over the summer.
 
April 17, 2012
agreed. One of my Miyazaki faves!
 
April 17, 2012
Well said. It wasn't quite as steeped in fantasy as I expected it to be, though.
 
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review by . September 03, 2009
My neighbor totoro
Lovingly crafted in 1988,"My neighbor Totoro" by Hayao Miyazaki, is an endearing  Japanese children's film. The Character "Totoro" is a large bear-like incarnation of a forest spirit, and is as widely recognized in Japan as Mickey Mouse is in America.  In fact, the film studio that produced it (Studio Ghibli) uses "Totoro" in it's logo.  Studio Ghibli itself has been referred to as the Japanese equivalent to the Walt Disney animation studio. With that …
review by . June 19, 2009
This is another anime, this one by Miyazaki, that has become a favorite.  It involves nature spirits, a catbus (yes, that's correct.  A ten legged, living cat bus), soot sprites (dirt and dust has to come from somewhere, doesn't it?), and two small children.  My 9 year old granddaughter still asks to see this one, and she has probably seen it a dozen times since that first time when she was 5.  Totoro is one of the very few movies that is really rated "G", and still is just so …
review by . February 25, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I decided to take a look at this before the grandkids watched it. Just wanted to be sure there wasn't anything objectionable in it.     There isn't.     It is, in fact, from the very first moment, utterly and completely enchanting.     The story of two young girls with their father in a rural "haunted" house grabs you from the very first moment. The girls exude the wonder of being children. As the story moves along and the girls make their …
review by . June 04, 2008
posted in ASIANatomy
My Neighbor Totoro is a film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and it was released in Japan in 1988. There was a American release of this film in 1993 by Fox Video, but they lost the rights to the film in 2004. Disney acquired the rights and produced a new English dub with new voice actors. Disney released this DVD in 2006.    The film tells the story of two girls and their father, and their move into a new house in order to be closer to the girls' mother (who is sick and …
review by . July 08, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Everything.     Cons: Nothing.     The Bottom Line: Grab your kids, plop them down, and turn into one of them yourself.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot. Note: This review is of the Walt Disney updated 2004 version.      My fourth Hayao Miyazaki film and I’m not disappointed. I wasn’t expecting to be either. After recently seeing Howl’s Moving Castle (expect …
review by . September 27, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
My neighbor Totoro is not only one of the finest animated films I have ever seen, it is one of the best movies period. It has enough heart to spead across a hundred film's, and still have some to spare. I hate to call it "too cute for words" but it is. Hayao Miyazaki, the director, (also doing this years Spirited Away, released in America by Disney) has really outdone himself. My neighbor Totoro has many terrific qualities, such as the emaculate detail. There are dozens of instances in which object …
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a 1988 Japanese anime film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film follows the two young daughters of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. The movie won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1988. The movie was originally released in the U.S. in VHS format with the title, My Friend Totoro.

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In 1958, a university professor and his two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, move into an old house in rural Japan to be closer to the hospital where his wife is recovering from an illness. The daughters find that the house is inhabited by tiny animated dust creatures called soot sprites—small house spirits seen when moving from light to dark places. When the girls become comfortable in their new house and laugh with their father, the soot spirits leave.

While she is playing outside one day, the younger daughter, Mei, sees two white, rabbit-like ears in the grass. She follows the ears under the house where she discovers two small magical creatures, who lead her through a briar patch, and into the hollow of a large Camphor Laurel tree. She meets and befriends a larger version of the same kind of spirit, which identifies itself by a series of roars she interprets as "Totoro" (in the Japanese original dub it stems from Mei's mispronunciation of the word for "troll", tororu). Her father later tells her that this is the "keeper of the forest".

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Genre: Animation
Release Date: 1988
DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox
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