My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G   |    |  Animation, Family, Fantasy


My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Poster

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

TIP
Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.

8.2/10
233,200

Videos


Photos

  • Chika Sakamoto in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Chika Sakamoto and Hitoshi Takagi in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Noriko Hidaka and Chika Sakamoto in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Noriko Hidaka and Hitoshi Takagi in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast



Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writer:

Hayao Miyazaki

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


20 February 2005 | EarthwormJimFan
10
| A delightful, touching, timeless classic!
From the brilliant "Walt Disney of Japan", Hayao Miyazaki, comes a wonderful soothing film that everyone will simply embrace. Featuring stunning animation, endearing personable characters, and a heart-tugging storyline that's simple, enchanting, and even dramatic.

Sometimes you feel like you're not watching an animated children's movie, because the characters (particularly the children) and the storyline seem so realistic. There's no bad guy, no song numbers, and no references to pop-culture. Most cartoons (especially Disney) feature these and it gets old and routine. Here we have a break from all of that and get a real masterpiece.

Miraculously, Totoro doesn't talk, and yet you can still understand what the lovable furry creature is thinking with his endearing actions. And the six-legged CatBus is undeniably one of the most imaginative characters in animation history. And the human characters are also remarkable. Mei and Satsuki act like little girls, not like kids who are smarter than adults (a routine toons today are guilty of).

I loved Totoro when I was a small child and I always will. When I have children of my own someday, I will show them Totoro instead of toy commercials like Dora and Elmo's world.

BOTTOM LINE: A masterpiece... pure and simple.

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



More Like This

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

  • Ponyo

    Ponyo

  • Arrietty

    Arrietty

  • The Cat Returns

    The Cat Returns

  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart

  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill

  • Up

    Up

  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

    The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

  • WALL·E

    WALL·E

  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

Did You Know?

Trivia

Some people have speculated that the name Totoro comes from the city Tokorozawa in Japan. Hayao Miyazaki grew up around here and has memories of children mispronouncing Tokorozawa as Totoro.


Quotes

Tatsuo Kusakabe: 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.


Goofs

When Mei and Satsuki are running back home from school because of the rain, Mei trips and gets mud on her skirt. After a few scenes, her skirt does not have any mud.


Crazy Credits

Drawings in the closing credits show the mother returning home in a taxi and having a bath with Satsuki and Mei. There is also the appearance of a baby dressed in blue, perhaps a younger sibling (brother?) for the girls.


Alternate Versions

In the alternate 2005 Disney version of 'My Neighbor Totoro' the Fox studios voice actors and actress including Cheryl Chase, Lisa Michelson have been completely replaced with Disney voice actors and actress including Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning. Also the opening and closing songs are sung by Sonya Isaacs in the Disney version. Also gone are the strangers talking back to Mei and Satsuki (this is to make it truer to the Japanese version), The elderly woman who was called Nanny is now called Granny in the Disney version. Also the Disney version has a wide-screen whereas the Fox studio version had a full screen version.


Soundtracks

Tonari no Totoro
("My Neighbor Totoro")
Lyrics by
Hayao Miyazaki
Composed by Joe Hisaishi

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Animation | Family | Fantasy

Norman Reedus' Favorite Show Might Surprise You

He's best known for shooting zombies with a crossbow, but Norman Reedus is more into sketch comedy than action and horror when choosing what to watch off-set.

What's on Norman's Watchlist?

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to the Academy Awards, our coverage of the 2019 awards season, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com