My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro) is a 1988 Japanese animated film, released by Studio Ghibli. The film won the AnimageAnime Grand Prix Prize in 1988. The film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and was simultaneously made with Grave of the fireflies, another great production of studio Ghibli.


[hide]*1 Story


The film My neighbour Totoro begins with the move from may, Satsuki and their father, to an old (somewhat decrepit) House in the countryside. May and explore the House and get Satsuki terrorizing the dark attic.May sees the makurokurosuke and manages a catch whereby her hands all the way black. The old landlady explains that makurokurosukes in very old houses and leave as soon as people come in. This can also be seen happen.

May plays the next day itself. May discovered the white Totoro still aims to become invisible, but May follow him. In the middle of the forest under a very old tree discovered May the very large Totoro where they also the name "Totoro" from his ROAR to make believes. May doze off road.

In the meantime, his father and big sister Satsuki to may started to look, and if that tells them about her May eventually find Totoro. They seem not to believe her and May rent them to the place they met him.However, there is no Totoro. Father explains that they may now believe, but you can not always have luck.

This affects happiness Satsuki though if they are on a rainy evening on father waiting for his bus. Totoro is next to may and Satsuki and has a sheet over his head. Satsuki lends him an umbrella. Totoro gives may and Satsuki bundled up with seeds and moments later the Totoro catbus, which carries get in, with umbrella. Then comes father with another bus to, he had missed the earlier bus.

May and Satsuki visits with their father their sick mother in the hospital. She has been sick, and writes more letters with the children.

May keep the seeds and plants every day and Satsuki the progress of plants in case. Discover Satsuki and Mei three Totoro's one evening that perform some kind of ritual dance around their planted seeds. The girls are involved and soon be spared the plants. There follows a flight with Totoro and they end up in a tree while Totoro plays a kind of flute. The next morning, the seeds but a little come true.

When May think her mother's condition has worsened, she wants to go on foot to the hospital to visit her. They get lost on the way. Satsuki is asking for help to find her back Totoro 's. He calls the catbus, which carries on, and together they find her. They then travel to the hospital and told there that their mother is better.

During the end credits, one sees that the mother of Mei and Satsuki returns back home.

Division Of Roles[Edit]Edit

Character Original Japanese version Streamline English version Disney English version
Satsuki Kusakabe Noriko Hidaka Lisa Michelson Dakota Fanning
Mei Kusakabe Chika Sakamoto Cheryl Chase Elle Fanning
Tatsuo Kusakabe (father) Shigesato Itoi Steve Kramer Tim Daly
Yasuko Kusakabe (mother) Sumi Shimamoto Alexandra Kenworthy Lea Salonga
Kanta Toshiyuki Amagasa Kenneth Hartman Paul Butcher
The old landlady (in the film usually Grandma) Tanie Kitabayashi Natalie Core Pat Carroll
Totoro Hitoshi Takagi N/A Frank Welker
Catbus, Which Carries Hitoshi Takagi N/A Frank Welker

A detail is that the names Satsuki and Mei in principle the same name; Satsuki is the old Japanese name for the month of may, and may is a modern English derived form. (The most commonly used name for the month of may in Japanese is however gogatsu (5 月), which simply is the fifth month .)



The direction for the character work of My Neighbor Totoro was owned by Kazuo Oga. He became involved in the film when Hayao Miyazaki showed him an original image of Totoro. The film marked the start of OGA's conscientious approach career in the field of anime. OGA's conscientious approach font style for My Neighbor Totoro was recognized by the International Herald Tribune as a "[update] of traditional Japanese animist sense of a natural world".

The rest of it was directed by Hayao Miyazaki. He started with the production of the movie after Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Castle in the Sky (1986). The production of the film ran parallel to that ofGrave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata Miyazaki's colleague.


In 1993 20th Century Fox brought the first English-language version of My Neighbor Totoro from. This was produced by John Daly and Derek Gibson (the producers of The Terminator). Their right to the film expired in 2004. Disney came In 2005 with a new English-language version of the film. This premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival.

As with other Disney-translations of Miyazakifilms were famous actors used for the English-language vote. Among other DakotaElle FanningTimothy DalyPat CarrollLea Salonga and Frank Welker worked on the film.


The film received positive comments. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an 87% score. [1many film critics were pleased with the film, including Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times .

My Neighbor Totoro helped to Japanese animation films worldwide to disclose, and made known also outside of Japan Hayao Miyazaki. The central character from the movie, Totoro, became after outcome of the movie just so popular among Japanese children as Winnie-the-Pooh , for example, with British children. [2]


In May 1988, Tokuma published a series of four ani-manga-books based on the movie. [3[4the series was also translated into English by Viz Media. [5[6Viz also brought a picture book about the film out for younger readers. [7]

In 2003 appeared the 20 minute special May and the Kittenbus (めいとこねこバス, 'May to Konekobasu'), that a sequel is on the film. It shows the character May when they there one evening out with the kittenbus, a child of the catbus, which carries, and other vehicles based on cats. It was written and directed by Miyazaki. [8]

Film Music[Edit]Edit

The music of My Neighbour Totoro was initially released in Japan on May 1, 1988 by Tokuma Shoten.

  1. "Stroll (The Opening Theme Song)" (さんぽ, Sanpo) (Azumi Inoue)
  2. "The Village in May" (五月の村, Gogatsu no Mura)
  3. "A Haunted House!" (オバケやしき!, Obakeyashiki!)
  4. "Mei and the Traveling Soot" (メイとすすわたり, Mei to Susuwatari)
  5. "Evening Wind" (夕暮れの風, Yugure no Kaze)
  6. "Not Scared" (こわくない, Kowakunai)
  7. "Let's Go to the Hospital" (おみまいにいこう, Omimai ni Ikō)
  8. "Mother" (おかあさん, Okaasan) (Inoue)
  9. "A Little Monster" (小さなオバケ, Chiisana Obake)
  10. "Totoro" (トトロ, Totoro)
  11. "The Huge Tree in the Tsukamori Forest" (塚森の大樹, Tsukamori no Taiju)
  12. "A Lost Child" (まいご, Maigo) (Inoue)
  13. "The Path of Wind (Instrumental)" (風のとおり道, Kaze no Torimichi)
  14. "A Drenched Monster" (ずぶぬれオバケ, Zubunure Obake)
  15. "Moonlight Flight" (月夜の飛行, Tsukiyo no Hikō)
  16. "May is Missing" (メイがいない, May ga Inai)
  17. "Catbus" (ねこバス, Nekobasu)
  18. "I'm So Glad" (よかったね, Yokattane)
  19. "My Neighbor Totoro (The Ending Song)" (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro)
  20. "Stroll" (さんぽ(合唱つき), Sanpo) (Inoue and Suginami children's Choir)

Awards and nominations[Edit]Edit

year price category nominated (n) rash
1989 Blue Ribbon Award Special award Hayao Miyazaki won
Kinema Junpo Award Best film Hayao Miyazaki won
Readers ' Choice Award for best Japanese film Hayao Miyazaki
Mainichi Film Concours Best film Hayao Miyazaki won
Ofuji Noburo Award Hayao Miyazaki
1995 Saturn Award Best Genre Video Release - nominated

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