My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
となりのトトロ (Tonari no Totoro)


Totoro is a forest spirit that little Mei, and later her older sister Satsuki, encounter in a giant camphor tree near their new home in the countryside. Although their father Kusakabe Tatsuo, a university professor, is with them when they move, their mother Yasuko is in the hospital, recovering from some unnamed illness. When Mei hears that her mother’s condition may be getting worse, she resolves to visit her all by herself. When everyone realizes she is missing, only Totoro knows how to find her!
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My Neighbor Totoro won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film in 1988. It also received the Special Award at the Blue Ribbon Awards in the same year.

My Neighbor Totoro was critically acclaimed and has amassed a worldwide cult following in the years after its release. The film and its titular character, Totoro, have become cultural icons.

The original English Dub was produced by Streamline Pictures for Japan Airlines transpacific flights in 1988. This version was then distributed theatrically in North America in 1993 by Troma and released on VHS and DVD by Fox. The Troma/Fox releases never included Japanese audio as Troma did not have any rights for the original Japanese Audio.

Alternative title

– Chú mèo Totoro
– Il mio vicino Totoro
– Mein Nachbar Totoro
– Meu Amigo Totoro
– Meu Vizinho Totoro
– Mi Vecino Totoro
– Min granne Totoro
– Min Nabo Totoro
– Mój Sąsiad Totoro
– Mon voisin Totoro
– My Neighbour Totoro
– Naapurini Totoro
– Tonari no Totoro
– Totoro
– Мой сосед Тоторо
– جاري توتورو
– となりのトトロ
– 龍貓
– 龙猫
– 이웃의 토토로
– 이웃집 토토로
– โทโทโร่ เพื่อนรัก

TL;DR Review

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 animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten.

The animation is gorgeous, like watching an animated painting. The colors are vibrant as most Studio Ghibli’s film tends to be. It gives you that feeling where you want to live in this world as it is much prettier and colorful than our own.

The music for Totoro is superb, like all Studio Ghibli’s pieces of music. The opening theme is “Sanpo (さんぽ; Stroll)” while the ending theme is “Tonari no Totoro (となりのトトロ; My Neighbor Totoro)”. Both were performed by Azumi Inoue. The opening song has that happy child-like theme to it and will be stuck in your head for days.

Both Mei and Satsuki childlike innocent are endearing to watch. Their interactions between themselves are very cute. It pulls on that nostalgic string of your heart, even if you had never had the same experience as them.

The story is a simple slice-of-life event, but yet emotional. I am not crying, you’re crying.

I highly recommend this movie to everyone that have a heart, and even to those that don’t. My Neighbor Totoro contains some nudity and is appropriate for everyone.

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Opening Theme

– “Sanpo (さんぽ; Stroll)” by Azumi Inoue

Closing Theme

– “Tonari no Totoro (となりのトトロ; My Neighbor Totoro)” by Azumi Inoue

Insert/Image Theme

– “Chiisana Shashin” by Hisaishi Joe
– “Dondoko Matsuri” by Inoue Azumi
– “Fushigi Shiritori Uta” by Mori Kumiko
– “Kaze no Toori Michi” by Suginami Jidou Gasshoudan
– “Kaze no Toori Michi” (Acoustic Version) (instrumental version)
– “Maigo” by Inoue Azumi
– “Neko Bus” by Kitahara Taku
– “Okaasan” by Inoue Azumi
– “Sanpo” by Inoue Azumi
– “Susuwatari” by Suginami Jidou Gasshoudan



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