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My Neighbor Totoro (2007)

Hitoshi Takagi , Noriko Hidaka , Hayao Miyazaki  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,181 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Toshiyuki Amagasa, Paul Butcher, Pat Carroll
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Eiko Tanaka, Ned Lott, Rick Dempsey, Toru Hara, Yasuyoshi Tokuma
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAQ0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Neighbor Totoro" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2-disc special edition features both the original Japanese soundtrack and a newly dubbed English language soundtrack
  • Behind the Microphone featurette with Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning
  • Complete storyboards set to the movie soundtrack
  • Opening and closing animation without credits
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

For years, Hayao Miyazaki's beloved feature My Neighbor Totoro was available only in a pan-and-scan transfer with an adequate but undistinguished English translation and dub; this widescreen version from Disney Home Video offers livelier performances and a more vivid translation. In the old dub, the mysterious little black creatures who inhabit the empty farmhouse were called "dust bunnies," although that term refers to the clumps of dust that form under furniture. The new translation of "soot gremlins" suggests what the little beings really are. As Satsuki and Mei, Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning are lively and believable without being saccharine; Tim Daly gives a warmly understated performance as their patient father. The new transfer captures the subtle palette of Miyazaki's vanished natural world. More than ever, My Neighbor Totoro is a magical film that family members of every age can enjoy. --Charles Solomon

Product Description

Critically acclaimed as one of the most delightful and charming family films ever, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a stunning animated treat full of magical adventure from Hayao Miyazaki. Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight, they discover that their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit called Totoro, who can be seen only through the eyes of a child. Totoro introduces them to extraordinary characters -- including a cat that doubles as a bus! -- and takes them on an incredible journey. Full of wonder and heart, this spectacular 2-disc set features the voice talents of Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a magical experience for the whole family! © 1988 Nibariki • G

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347 of 374 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Antidote to Disney May 22, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is not only one of my favorite childrens films, it's one of my favorite films period. This movie is truly magical. It achieves what Disney movies never do -- a wonderful story without the need to resort to evil villains or wise-cracking side kicks. In fact, two of the things I find most striking and refreshing about My Neighbor Totoro is the use of images rather than dialogue to propel the plot and the slower, almost contemplative, pacing of the action. (This is one children's movie that won't blare from your TV or yammer at your children!) The first time I saw this movie I watched a friend's pirated VHS tape in Japanese. I was instantly mesmerized and was completely able to follow the story, despite the fact that I did not understand a word the characters said.
And don't be put off because it is "japanese animation." This is not your father's japanese animation. The images of the tranquil countryside are sumptuous. Miazaki's attention to the little details of life, like a leaf floating in a stream or raindrops tapping an umbrella, evoke the simpler, purer times of childhood. The children's discovery of the totoro spirits in the old camphor tree recalls a time in every child's life when magic seems possible in the mundane world. As with other Miyazaki films, there is a thrilling flying sequence. However, this film is more appropriate for younger viewers than most of his other works, some of which are decidedly adult in nature despite the fact that they are animated.
As the mother of a toddler, I really appreciate the refusal to rely on cliche villians to keep the plot moving.
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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece by the world's greatest animator December 26, 2003
I have been a huge Miyazaki fan for nearly twenty years now, but I am ashamed to admit that I have only now seen MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO for the first time. The reason is a good one, as reasons go: it was the last important film by Miyazaki that I had not yet seen, and I was saving it for a special occasion. I love seeing again films that I have loved the first time through, but there is always a special magic to seeing a film for the first time. Unfortunately, I now no longer have any Miyazaki films to see that I haven't already seen (at least until he finishes his work-in-progress, which has been given the tentative English title HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE). Fortunately, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO was worth the weight.
How does this film compare with Miyazaki's finest films? This is a hard question, because he has a large number clustered at the top, all of them excellent. I would be hard pressed to say this was better or worse than any of a number of others. However, each film is distinguished from the others by the mood and tone of the film. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO may be the gentlest and most peaceful of all his films. True, the girls have moved to the countryside with their father because their mother is in a nearby hospital recovering from a rather vague illness, and the forest is haunted, but the illness is never perceived as especially worrisome (except near the end, when a slight cold prevents her making a brief visit home, provoking a crisis with her daughters), and the spirits in the forest are remarkably benign and benevolent. There is nothing like the ecological apocalypse in THE PRINCESS MONONOKE and NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, or the parents who have been transformed into swine or threatening spirits of SPIRITED AWAY, or the armed conflict in CASTLE IN THE SKY.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totororrific! June 29, 2001
By Alex
Format:VHS Tape
This is an excellent childhood story unrivaled by any since "Peter Pan". The plot involves Satsuke, a girl on the cusp of womanhood, moving into the country with her father and younger sister Mei, where she discovers a child's realm of wonder and make-believe running in parallel to the adults' mundane everyday existence. The family's rickety cottage is filled with easily frightened dust bunnies, and deep within the tangle of roots and branches, in a safe hiding place only a child can access, Totoro, a benign forest creature, makes its lair.
The story is a real jewel, simply, elegantly told. The art is of extremely high quality, excellently detailed, bright and clean. The characters are especially well-depicted, complete with expressive body language and realistically animated. In part because of the excellent dub, they are all sympathetic and deeply human, instantly recognizable as real people around us.
Especially evocative is the portrayal of the children's make-believe world, full of things and places that are there only if you believe in them, like the giant Totoro and his entourage of two tiny, roly-poly furballs, and the magnificent "cat-bus" with great shining eyes and two mice announcing the next stop - the exact place you want to go.
A fantastic, enchanting examination of a child's mentality, that is also a mainstay family film.
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I had heard good things--great things--about MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO for years. I still avoided it. (I tend to avoid anime. My husband puts some on: I leave the room.) Plus, it looked as if it were for kiddies.

I am an idiot. I could not have been more wrong.

To summarize it--well, look around. The reviews are full of that: Father and two daughters of the Kutsakabe family move to countryside in Japan (circa 1950's) while their mother is recovering in a hospital (from some unspecified ailment, maybe TB?) and the girls discover they are neighbors to magical "trolls"--totoros--three of them, small and medium and very large! They learn the wonders of their new environs with the Totoros and they get a happy ending regarding their family situation, but in a way that will make you both smile and get moist in the eyes.

Nothing complex. It's what the writer/director/artists do with this simple premise that adds up to soooooooooo much more.

This film taps into the warmest, most human, most loving, gentlest, dreamiest bits of my young self that still hides inside my middle-aged self. It reminded me of what it was like to

~have a dad I adored and who cared selflessly for me

~ be young and see enchantments in the world

~explore and be carefree physically

~have fun with the simplest, new things, like a fresh bit of produce from a a plant in a pot or from someone's garden--which seemed like magic to me when I was young), or from a bath or from climbing a tree

~be young and lost and afraid without family nearby

~worry a beloved parent might die (as I feared when I was very, very young, like Mei, and my Papi was hospitalized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... grown up watching this movie and my 3 kids love it!
My husband and I have grown up watching this movie and my 3 kids love it!
Published 7 days ago by Megan Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless story.
This has been my grandson's favorite since he was 4. We have to watch it every summer when he is staying with me and he is soon to be 15!
Published 8 days ago by C. Laubach
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie!
Published 9 days ago by D. Altemari
1.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke don't fix it
Disney ruined this all time classic by recasting for the voices of all charcters. Originally released by Buena Vista now known as the Troma edition, which had and unknown cast of... Read more
Published 9 days ago by ToiletRat
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your umbrellas!
Great kids movie. This movie is full of imaginative situations and characters. Great for kids and adults alike. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Montopolis
5.0 out of 5 stars My Neighbor Totoro
I got the Blueray/Dvd combo at the dvd store. I had one before and want to get another one.
like the story and artwork. The story is more for kids then grow up.
Published 9 days ago by rts8
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Miyazaki Ever!!!
This has always been my favorite Miyazaki/Ghibli film! You'll love it! It is suitable for a very young age group.
Published 11 days ago by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this artist.
Published 18 days ago by kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie!
Great amazing <3
Published 18 days ago by Jessica Abreu-Caballero
5.0 out of 5 stars and it looks fantastic.
Classic Miyazaki, and it looks fantastic.
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Potential bootleg?
Sounds like you have a bootleg!
If it was purchased new, you should indeed have inserts, (Disney Movie Rewards etc) , if it was purchased used it may just be missing those.
Alot of the authentic releases do not have that shiny slipcover, it is just the standard case with insert.
Bonus disc should... Read More
Jul 14, 2012 by dvd addict |  See all 4 posts
Will This Be Released On Blu-Ray?
I will wait for them to decide to put it on Blu-ray. I have a large tv and you can really see the difference between DVD and BR. I'm disappointed they are charging so much. Otherwise I would probably get it on DVD until they release it on BR.
Jul 16, 2010 by Kallie N. White |  See all 7 posts
Is Totoro a hybrid?
He's just a spirit guardian of the forest. He and the other little creatures are all Totoros.
Jul 10, 2010 by Liz |  See all 4 posts
Stop Bashing The Fox Version for New Dubbing When It Doesnt Have It!
Rather than getting just one or the other, I'd actually recommend getting both the FOX and Disney editions of TOTORO--the FOX one because it has the classic Streamline dub (for people who didn't catch the VHS), but the Disney version as well for a superior picture widescreen quality, plus the... Read More
Sep 5, 2006 by Jonathon Turner |  See all 23 posts
Is Amazon going to get more in?
This version has been discontinued. It's going to be re-released in a new Special Edition with Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service by the end of the year.
Aug 28, 2009 by William Skaleski |  See all 9 posts
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