My neighbor Totoro

My neighbor Totoro

DVD | Japanese
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MPAA rating: G CHV rating: G.
After moving to the country to be near their ailing mother, two young sisters are befriended by a variety of mysterious creatures.

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WoodneathKristie
Aug 11, 2019

"My Neighbor Totoro" is less a movie than a mood. The beautiful dreamscape created in this film is wholly engrossing, and the sense of warm nostalgia it evokes for childhood is soothing, like a warm blanket or a cup of cocoa. The story is a sweet affirmation of the power of imagination, as well as a loving nod to the Japanese reverence for nature.

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1aa
Jun 22, 2019

A rich, tender, and well paced little drama with key fantastic elements; there could be many spin offs from the idea, that is, more stories including Totoro.

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humbleworm
Dec 08, 2018

My Neighbor Totoro is fairly typical of Studio Ghibli films, combining elements of sadness with adventure and a little imaginative whimsy. It's a good one to start with and suitable for children (whereas Grave Of The Fireflies may traumatize).

JCLIanH Aug 29, 2018

An absolute joy of a film. Pure whimsy and a treat for all ages.

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Starpoem
Aug 03, 2018

This film captures the essence of childhood, a time when play-filled days seem to stretch on forever, adult concerns are mysterious, and magic is perfectly plausible. The sisters' relationship is realistic: they are competing with each other one minute, then the next minute they are best friends. Totoro is adorable, but Catbus steals the show.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 20, 2018

This film has got to be one of the best Japanese animated films ever! I have watched this film over and over again! The characters are absolutely adorable and the cat bus is definitely a prominent event in the film to remember! This film definitely captures a wonderful essence from childhood and it gives off a lovely playful vibe! You see the world through two young girl’s eyes who eventually meet spirits in a big tree. Satsuki and Mei have their own wonderful unique personalities and it was interesting to have children as the main protagonists of this film. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars!
- @SpookyCat of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The movie “My Neighbor Totoro” is a descent anime movie although I believe that it lacked interest. “My Neighbor Totoro” is not a horrible movie although it could have been better with more interesting events. The movie includes some fantasy characters such as Totoro and the other spirits living in the big tree, who seem to be neither fantasy or reality. The plot of this movie was extremely boring with a new family moving into an old abandoned house and finding mysterious creatures such as Totoro, and becoming friends with them. This movie expresses less emotion and mood, however there is some humor and joy. I personally believe that this movie is for those who love adventure, since this movie is practically about the family’s adventure in a big tree which resulted in finding Totoro and other spirits. I believe that this movie is enjoyable for all ages, just like Hayao Miyazaki’s other famous movies. The events of this movie could have been more interesting, otherwise were related to the actual plot. Overall “My Neighbor Totoro” is a decent movie to watch especially with family. Rating 3/5
- @Chichiro of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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jezicuhh
May 07, 2018

Mei, the younger sister, was my favorite character. She was so precious and funny! This movie made me feel like a child again.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 21, 2018

Is it even possible to watch this movie without getting all warm and fuzzy inside?

My Neighbor Totoro is a brilliant classic, beloved by young children in Japan, and with a faithful following here too. For me personally, it's not nearly as beloved, but maybe that's because I've grown cynical.

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Maoisdead
Jun 26, 2017

Miyazaki's appreciation of miraculous possibilities and childhood visions is what drives Totoro.

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May 28, 2019

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Dec 08, 2018

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Aug 07, 2018

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May 09, 2018

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Apr 28, 2018

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Apr 16, 2017

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Aug 15, 2016

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Cynthia Ng Dec 12, 2016

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

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jimg2000
Oct 02, 2016

More friendly English subtitles in B/R examples.

DVD version:
Father: Trees and people used to be good friends. I saw that tree and 'decided to buy the house.' Hope Mom likes it too. Okay, let's pay our respects then get home for lunch.
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Mei: l hate boys, but I love Nanny's food better than anything else in the whole wide world.
Gram: Eat all you want.
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B/R version:
Father: Τrees and people used to be good friends. I saw that tree and 'fell in love with the house.' Hope Mom likes it, too. Okay, let's pay our respects then get home for lunch.
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Mei: I hate boys. But I really love Nanny's rice cakes!
Gram: Eat as much as yοu want.

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Love_Legolas_111
Dec 07, 2013

"Totoro came back, Dad! I saw him!"

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Oct 30, 2014

Other: When I become available to me

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Love_Legolas_111
Dec 07, 2013

Sexual Content: I don't know if you would count this, but a father and daughters are shown taking a bath together. It's not meant to be sexual, but they are naked (you don't see anything private, and it's not graphic; the more substantial nudity is covered with soap bubbles, etc.).

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