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My Neighbor Totoro

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"Another brilliant film"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This adds to Hayao Miyazaki's great collection of classics. Brilliantly coloured film with great connection to what kids love to see…cats which morph into buses and giant ambiguous animals. Awesome

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Strange Totoro is a friend to children."
5 stars"
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Funny and amusing, Totoro is a wonderful character who appears and disappears while looking out for the children in this film. Gorgeous animation, fun characters and a lovely story!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Primo family movie!"
5 stars"
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We stumbled across the Studio Ghibli movies by reading a review that rated Totoro as “the best family movie of all time.” We find that even children who will not sit still for a Disney film are captivated by this movie, and it suits all audiences.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Wonderful family viewing"
5 stars"
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Sick of scmaltzy, patronising Hollywood ‘Family’ movies- This charming movie took us by surprise, a genuinely lovely story for kids of all ages.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"I want neighbors like these"
5 stars"
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Great family movie for all ages – a story of wonder and imagination that follows 2 young girls who vacation in the country while their mother recuperates at a nearby hospital. Multiple watchings just make this better over time. Outstanding for the really young right on through to great grandparents.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Good for Miyazaki fans."
2 stars"

I hadn't ever heard of Totoro when I bought this. I thought, hey, I'll buy it, it's done by the same person basically that had done Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited away. I bought it, watched it once, that was it.

It probably is a touching story, but I feel it doesn't dwell enough into it to really pull at your heartstrings for me to like it. It's very short and at the end it seems blunt and almost rushed.

On the other side, good animation and cultural differences make up for the short side of the film. The backgrounds are amazing and the character development is something to expect from Miyazaki

Good for one watch, but not as timeless and classic as Spirited Away by any means.

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Description

My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro) is a 1988 Japanese anime fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The movie won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award for Best Film in 1988.

Two young girls, Satsuki and Mei, have moved with their father into a new home in the country, while their mother recovers from illness in a nearby hospital. To their surprise, they soon discover that they share this home with some rather unusual creatures and even stranger neighbours – forest guardians that the girls dub Totoro. When trouble occurs, their new friends will help them rediscover hope…

Dearly loved and critically regarded worldwide, the magical My Neighbor Totoro is a heart-warming tale of innocence and the power of belief that will delight viewers of all ages.

Includes both English dub and original Japanese (subtitled) versions. From the Studio Ghibli Collection.

Special Features

  • Alternative angle storyboards
  • Original trailers
  • Textless opening and closing

Awards

  • Won Mainichi Film Concours Award, Best Film
  • Won Animage Anime Grand Prix prize
  • Won Kinema Junpo Awards for: Best Film, Readers' Choice Best Japanese Film
  • Won Blue Ribbon Award, Special Award

My Neighbor Totoro Reviews

“A real contender for the greatest animated family film ever made.” Combustible Celluloid

“A beautifully observed film that has become a guaranteed charmer for all ages.” Daily Express UK

“Totoro may seem like a small film compared to some of Miyazaki's other works, but its intimate scale is exactly what makes it stand apart from the usual animated fare…this film should be required viewing by every child (especially girls, who are front and center of few animated films that treat them realistically and not as fairy princesses)..one of the most sublime animated films ever made.” DVD Verdict

“The lack of sentimentality will be utterly refreshing to those raised on a diet of Disney.” Time Out

“An otherworldly tale of childhood and a definitive work of imagination.” Empire Magazine

“..What makes Totoro so special isn’t its animation, although that in itself is worth watching the film for, but the special quality of the writing and direction. It’s almost impossible to imagine a more perfect movie. The voice acting is superb, and the animation of the two characters, Mei and her big sister Satsuki, are dead-on and perfect in every way. Even the father character is masterfully done. Everything, right down to the first chance encounter between Mei and Totoro, is magical. The film itself is 85 minutes of pure magic. The movie made me smile with its title sequence and I never stopped smiling until it was over…nothing short of a wondrous achievement, for both children and adults.” Beyond Hollywood

“Despite the cuteness, there's little in the way of icky sentiment – indeed the spectre of death hangs over the story – but it's a captivating world you won't want to come home from.” Guardian, UK

“Miyazaki is a genius.” Cinema Crazed

“Markedly different from most plot-driven ’80s animated fare, it’s a film of deceptive simplicity. yet its gorgeously painterly visual details and deliberate pace perfectly recreate a child’s endless fascination with nature, or a new house. Around this, Miyazaki plants realistic tensions about their hospitalised mother, giving the rural idyll a fear factor. Resourceful Satsuki and stubborn Mei have characterisation as compelling as live-action cinema…But the blend of reality and fantasy is Miyazaki’s most extraordinary achievement..” Total Film

“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.” AV Club

“Visually arresting and consistently compelling, this movie is magical.” Pop Matters

“Hayao Miyazaki is best known for his sprawling fantasy epics like Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle – but even if My Neighbour Totoro (or Tonari no Totoro), is a more intimate, personal work on a much smaller scale, it is every bit as magical, adding to Miyazaki's status as the greatest feature film animator in both Japan, and, indeed, the world…My Neighbour Totoro is a true family film, both about, and for, families and while it is wholly concerned with good, decent, likeable people (as well as endearing rustic entities), it somehow avoids saccharine sentiments or a pat resolution…” EyeforFilm.co.uk

Release date NZ
March 16th, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
Japanese, English
Length (Minutes)
86
Studio
Subtitles
English
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Country of Production
  • Japan
Genre
  • Animation
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9322225021648
All-time sales rank
Top 500
Product ID
1511190

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