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My Neighbour Totoro

Hitoshi Takagi , Noriko Hidaka , Hayao Miyazaki    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
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Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki made this gorgeous, delightful feature about two young sisters who move to rural Japan and start having magical advenures with a giant, friendly forest spirit called Totoro. The enchantment spreads as the girls are introduced to such wonders as a "cat bus" (a big bus that looks like a cat), but the film is also just as winning for the ordinary things Miyazaki captures: meeting neighbors, getting to know a new house from the perspective of excited children, etc. Little kids love this movie, and adults can easily appreciate it, too. Voices have been dubbed into English. --Tom Keogh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Every good thing you've read in these reviews is correct. This is an absolute feast for the eyes and imagination.... however.... this edition is not widescreen, it's pan & scan (full screen), so you'll miss some of this animator's breathtaking scenery and composition.
Miyazaki's artistry is such that he uses every single inch of space on a screen, and for me, to watch it in pan & scan is to insult his work. Unfortunately there is no "complete" version of the film available here yet, although Disney is supposed to be releasing one when FOX's rights to the film have expired. All the other available works by Miyazaki are done beautifully in the United States. It's a travesty that this "signature" film of his is still only available in this "somewhat less than whole" version.
So buy this and watch it, but only if you promise yourself to re-buy it when the whole film becomes available. I've seen this picture many, many times (I'm 45 years old - so it really is for kids of all ages) and it has something new for me every time I see it. Plus, I've seen it both wide-screen AND pan & scan (full screen) and I can tell you that the difference is worth seeking out (it's available wide from Japan and China if you own an all-region DVD player) or waiting until it comes out properly here.
WIDESCREEN - 5 stars
Full Screen - 4 (maybe 3.5) stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Totoro : A Delightul Neighbor June 9 2004
Format:DVD
Japanese animated filmaker Hayao Miyazaki has a deep and abiding love of nature, and of the Japanese Shinto spirits who live deep in the forest. Miyazaki shares this love in this wonderful film about two young girls who go to live with their father in a country house in rural Japan, far removed from the city lights of Tokyo.
One of Miyazaki's gifts is how he captures the mannerisms of children, especially little girls. The boisterous innocence of how the sisters laugh and play, however, does not mean they are not capable of deep sensitivity. Indeed, the serious part of this story is that their mother is sick in a hospital.
The new house and new neighbors provide many adventures for the girls, who soon discover the friendly and magical Shinto spirits who dwell in the nearby woods. Like an old-fashioned European fairy-tale, the spirits, who would normally be hidden, respond to the girl's kindness. One especially memorable scene happens when the girls are waiting at the rural bus stop for their father to come home from visiting his wife.
From a summer sky suddenly dark and about to burst with rain, to a slow setting of the sun, the animation in Totoro is amazing in it's simplicity. The quiet nature scenes are extremely relaxing for adults, who will become nostalgic for their childhood while viewing this classic.
One scene is deeply moving and speaks of the bonds that can form between people who aren't even related. It is of an old woman praying fervently for the little sister, who has become lost while trying to find her way to her mother. This scene, and the climactic ending, will touch your heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even my three-year old likes this one! Nov. 27 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A sweet, bright and cheerful movie for adults and kids alike. You will be amazed at the attention to detail in both the artistry and the characters. Miyazaki studies his medium from every angle, and presents a piece of artwork that is beautiful to behold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful family entertainment Dec 28 2010
By Blu man
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've owned this movie for at least 10 year and my children and I have watched it over and over as they have grown. I have just bought extra copies for my young nieces. It's charming and funny and will entertain anyone from about age 4 up. The key elements of the story line are easy to follow and the children in the movie do some of the strange little things that kids do when confronted with unusual situations, which make them seem real and endearing. Sometimes the translated dialogue comes out a little clumsy, but for me, it adds to the charm.

Don't worry if you are not a fan of anime or are turned off by the coarse looking character animation -- by about 15 mins into the movie you won't even care. This is classical animation, not multi-billion polygon computer animation, and Miyazaki and his animators create gorgeous backgrounds that capture glorious mixes of form and shadow for their characters to play in. My kids and I have often commented when traveling, "Those look like Totoro clouds" or "Camphor tree!! Camphor tree!!".

Pick up this classic - you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie Oct. 9 2004
Format:DVD
Miyazaki is simply brilliant and it shows in his works. This movie exudes charm and can be enjoyed but anyone.
If you're not familiar with Studio Ghibli, or Hayao Miyazaki, collectively, they are responsible for a large number of blockbuster Japanese animation films. Studio Ghibli's movies are only beginning to gain a presence in the North American market, in spite of the fact that they have been released years ago. Many have been influenced by these movies including John Lasseter, director of Pixar's A Bug's Life and the Toy Story series. He calls Miyazaki's works as being "the most inspirational films".
This movie is about a father and his two daughters who have moved into a new house located in a rural village. While the mother is in the hospital, the two girls begin to explore the surroundings of their new dwelling. In one unexpected chance, Mei discovers a Totoro. Without spoiling too much, the film explores the encounter and their subsequent meetings.
Although the plot does not seem overly complex, it needn't be. It takes a simple plot and still manages to capture your interest.
Intertwined with a great soundtrack, this movie is for anyone. I would greatly encourage anyone to delve into the Studio Ghibli world of animation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good for young child! Excellent pour de très jeunes enfants!
Published 12 days ago by djtee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of our all-time favourites.
Published 17 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars good product. Thanks
Prompt delivery, good product. Thanks :)
Published 17 days ago by Adrian Hartery
5.0 out of 5 stars This has to be one of my favorite Ghibli movies
This has to be one of my favorite Ghibli movies. I first saw it in Japan and wanted to add it to my movie collection. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Steven W. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing else like it
A beautifully told story of friendship. Fantastic animation, voice characterization and music. Great escape into a world full of magical and humorous occurrences.
Published 3 months ago by Karen Laharty
5.0 out of 5 stars My Neighbor
This was a gift to my granddaughter and she loves it so I give it five stars and a recommendation to other readers.
Published 4 months ago by Gloria Fidler
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Memory
This has the voice actors I remember as I child, Disney didn't even give cat bus a voice- so that was very pathetic of them which lead me to buy this. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Katelynd
5.0 out of 5 stars Studio Ghibli
I have liked all of the other studio Ghibli movies that I have seen before this one. I liked the story and my favorite characters in this movie is Catbus and of course ToToRo
Published 6 months ago by Alveena
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming!
If you're feeling down, this movie is for you! Absolutely engaging and utterly endearing! I wish my neighbor was Totoro! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Blackrabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids movie
This movie was recommended to us by a friend for my kids. They absolutely love it! Good for all ages.
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Stelter
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