While their mother recovers from an illness, Satsuki and her little sister Mei (voiced in English by Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning) get away from it all in an idyllic rural retreat. Far from the bustle of the city, they discover a mysterious place of spirits and magic, and the friendship of the Totoro woodland creatures.
Conceived as a family film devoid of conflict and suffused with the carefree pleasures of the summertime, My Neighbour Totoro sees Hayao Miyazaki create a parable of friendship and imagination populated with unforgettable characters. A universal classic for all generations, My Neighbour Totoro shows Japanese animation's famous Studio Ghibli at its very best, and is an elegy to two ever-fading miracles: the fairytale world of childhood and the disappearing countryside.
Great small children's entertainment
- My Neighbour Totoro review by JD
For the rare opportunity of seeing a good children's cartoon with non-American values I would recommend this. It does however have American voice overs. I thought it would be like Pom poko but it is even more gentle.
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Fun for the kids
- My Neighbour Totoro review by JC
A fascinating and fun insight into Japanese culture and spirituality. A somewhat random plot about tree spirits and cat buses that appear when a family move house. Certainly keeps the kids (young and old) entertained.
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- My Neighbour Totoro review by CB
Beautifully drafted, pleasing story and Toronto and the Cat Bus. Another clever contribution from this venerable studio.
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Another beautiful film from Studio Ghibli
- My Neighbour Totoro review by GF
A heart rending movie about two girls and their Father living in a run down country house while their Mother is in hospital. Lovely backdrops and as usual the music is great.
By the way you HAVE to watch it in English, you can like me, watch it in Japanese with subtitles - the way it was made.