My Neighbor Totoro

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My Neighbor Totoro
Genre: Animation
Photography: Color
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: April 16, 1988
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki
Distributed by: Toho
Starring: Chika Sakamoto
Noriko Hidaka
Hitoshi Takagi
Previous film: N/A
Next film: N/A

My Neighbor Totoro (Japanese: となりのトトロ Hepburn: Tonari no Totoro) is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli.


The movie tells the story of the two young girls named Satsuki and Mei, who are the daughters of a professor and their ill mother, and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan.

Why it Rocks

  1. The animation has that Studio Ghibli touch, looking beautiful and has well-detailed backgrounds.
  2. Satuski and Mei show their relationship with each other well throughout the film and with the Totoros.
  3. Awesome music by the talented Joe Hisaishi.
  4. The voice acting shows good emotion, no matter what dub or version it is.
  5. It mainly focuses on singular scenes with no dialogue and just music (like the Bus Stop scene).
  6. Even though the titular character doesn’t appear that much, he still managed to make an impact, such as becoming Studio Ghibli’s mascot and appearing in Toy Story 3 as a stuffed toy.
  7. With its US theatrical and later home media release in 1993, it was one of the first attempts to introduce Studio Ghibli to a North American audience.

Bad Qualities

  1. The Streamline Pictures dub isn’t as polished as the later Disney dub, which leads to having Satuski sounding too old for her age, and Mei sounding like Angelica from Rugrats (as they were both voiced by Cheryl Chase). Also, sometimes the music is drowned out by dialogue.  

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