My Neighbor Totoro (Full Screen Edition)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love love love this story and only wish every child and adult could watch this version on dvd. Sadly the dvd version has lost its charm to American voice overs. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
If you are looking at this, you have probably seen the movie somewhere and love it. Buy it for yourself, your family, your neighbors kids...anyone.Published 1 day ago by Birano
I'm not impressed with this new version from Disney. I grew up watching this movie and absolutely LOVE it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by SNikki
A friend recommended this movie to me for my boys (2 & 5). I was surprised how taken with it they were. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Karearmcd
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|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 25 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
|Will i be able to watch this movie in original Japanese speaking?||
Which release are you referring to? The 2006? That version does state
that it includes the Japanese dub...scroll down to "Product Details"...
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
May 17, 2013 by GlassAgate | See all 2 posts
|Disney's new dub||
The Fox version of Totoro is well known and well loved in my family as it is in so many other families. But it always bothered me that Fox chose to crop the sides of original widescreen version calling it "full screen" or "modified for TV" or "pan and scan" as was... Read More
May 1, 2006 by SDY | See all 23 posts
|japanese?||Be the first to reply|
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