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.
– 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
– Мой сосед Тоторо
– جاري توتورو
– 이웃의 토토로
– 이웃집 토토로
– โทโทโร่ เพื่อนรัก
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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