My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

Director: Hayao Miyazaki Cast: Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly

DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed)

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This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. Like most films released by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, this family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme. The English-language version of this film wasn't dubbed until many years later, explaining the presence of actors such as Dakota Fanning in the cast (who wasn't even born until 1994).

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2017
UPC: 0826663181432
Original Release: 1988
Rating: G
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 2,877

Special Features

Behind the microphone; Creating My Neighbor Totoro; Creating the characters; The "Totoro" experience; Producer's Perspective: creating Ghibli; The locations of My Neighbor Totoro; ...and More!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dakota Fanning Satsuki [Disney dub]
Elle Fanning Mei [Disney dub]
Tim Daly Dad [Disney dub]
Lea Salonga Mom [Disney dub]
Pat Carroll Granny [Disney dub]
Lisa Michelson Satsuki [Fox dub]
Cheryl Chase Mei [Fox dub]
Greg Snegoff Dad [Fox dub]
Alexandra Kenworthy Mom [Fox dub]
Natalie Core Nanny [Fox dub]
Noriko Hidaka Satsuki
Chika Sakamoto Mei
Shigesato Itoi Dad
Sumi Shimamoto Mom
Tanie Kitabayashi Kanta's Grandmother
Hitoshi Takagi Totoro
Machiko Washio Teacher

Technical Credits
Hayao Miyazaki Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Joe Hisaishi Score Composer
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Yasuyoshi Tokuma Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Neighbor Totoro
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18

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My Neighbor Totoro 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Neighbor Totoro is the best children's movie I have ever seen. It is brilliant, refreshing and wildly creative with strong female characters. Unlike most American children's movies, there is no violence. That being said, the original movie is far better than the newly released Disney version in which Disney redubs the film and changes many of the lines that the characters say. Comparing the original to the new one, it is inconceivable (and arrogant) why they changed a thing since there was nothing wrong with the film to begin with. Now, we're left to suffer with Disney's terrible "improvements" and are left to search for the old version and make bootleg copies of it to distribute to our friends so they too can enjoy the best children's movie ever the way it was intended to be seen by American audiences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Neighbor Totoro is most certainly an excellent movie, but only if you look past the fact that Disney slaughtered the movie because of the new voice acting.Having grown up on this movie I was shocked to see the DVD version.My advice is that you should seek out the original VHS version by FOX.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I haven't seen the entire film, of the clips I have seen were disappointing regarding the dubbing. Unlike Spirited Away, where the dubbing worked, the charm is lost in this one. Why can't they provide the full original version with captions? Are we all really too lazy to read the subtitles?
Anime_obsessed More than 1 year ago
I used to watch this every day when I was a small girl! then i saw it here and completely freaked out! It's an adorable show that everyone will love!
Kidsfirst More than 1 year ago
Even after 25 years, My Neighbor Totoro remains an instantly watchable animated masterpiece that holds new surprises from every time I watch it. Satsuki and Mei are sisters who move to the Japanese countryside with their father. The children are fascinated with the quirks of their new house, as well as the vast nature around it. Satsuki goes to school and Mei begins to explore a fantastical world beneath a large tree in the backyard. She meets three little creatures and names one of them Totoro. Mei tells her sister about the adventure, but Satsuki does not believe her. During the next few days, the sisters discover more and more about their neighborhood and adjust to their new way of life. My Neighbor Totoro effortlessly crafts and develops so many different poignant stories. It is a coming-of-age tale, as well as a story about how we deal with change and one about the bond between two siblings. Totoro, his little pals, and the world they inhabit add a whole other layer to an already complete narrative. The magical elements intertwine with Satsuki and Mei’s story. They bring light to the siblings, during a scary and dark time in their life. The elements of magic add some levity to less joyful parts of the film, giving just as much closure to the audience as to the characters. The film never reveals too much about Totoro and a lot about him remains a mystery even after the credits roll. He is so adorably drawn and never feels threatening. He has no dialogue, excluding a few grunts here and there, but is still one of my favorite things about this film. He brings a kind of magic that resonates with you every time he is on screen. The lesson of My Neighbor Totoro is to never lose faith in what you believe in. Mei’s belief in the magic of Totoro never falters and for that, Totoro helps her and Satsuki not just because they are kind souls, but also because they both learn to believe in his magic. I give My Neighbor Totoro an age rating of 4 to 18. It appeals to all ages and has practically nothing objectionable for young audiences. I think adults will marvel at the spellbinding animation and wonderful story. I give My Neighbor Totoro 5 out of 5 stars and you need to see this special re-release if you haven’t already fallen in love with this film. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, visit kidsfirst dot org.
Wolfgirl93 More than 1 year ago
This is by far the worst movie i have ever seen. The original movie was a hundred times better than this crap. They ruined the voices and songs for this movie. I don't get why they had to change the voices. Disney you've screwed up a very good movie. Lets see how many more you screw up. If I could i'd rate this with no stars so sadly i have to put at least one 1 which you don't even deserve.
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i love this movie is is the best ever i love it so much i recommend this movie to alot of people 
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
From acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki "My Neighbor Totoro" with key characters Satsuki and Mei is a delightful fantasy. This is great family entertainment. The storyline is engaging and the characters are endearing, along with magical music. Creatures that only the "young-at-heart" and young in age can see are assisting to make a difficult situation easier to deal with. Some of the creatures may make you think of giant huggable hamsters. *Great detail in the animation makes this DVD a wonderful choice for family movie time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one movie that always cuts the cake. I saw it a week ago. I'm eleven, and I thought it would be for a younger audience than me. I couldn't be more wrong. I was extremely surprised by the enormous amount of feeling this movie gave to me. While Princess Mononoke may definitely be better on a grand scale, nothing brought me more into the story than this. I just wanted to die when the commercials wouldn't end as I saw this on Cartoon Network's spring break 2006 for the first time. I loved it. I am definitely going to buy it. And, while Spirited Away is certainly a good movie, I found out that it wasn't all that great. After the 3rd time of seeing it, I don't really see the magic in it. It definitely is not as powerful as Princess Mononoke or as cute and cuddly as this. Although the cuddliness is huge, I still think this is one rock hard movie. I give it 10 out of 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is spectacular for so many reasons and on so many levels. But above all else it is entertaining from start to finish. I don't think one person left his/her chair until well after the final scene. And after watching, everyone wanted to talk about it. The story is fantastically playful and exciting but also warmly realistic and touching. And the animation presents all of that in the most natural way. The human characters seem comfortably familiar and the various creatures discovered by the children are uniquely mysterious and lovable. The underlying theme of a family's care and support for each other during difficult times is presented through the innocent perspective of the young sisters. Through their desperate desires to have the family together again, they turn to their mystical friends and to each other. At face value this is an unforgettable film but you will discover much more to enjoy beyond the surface. You will find fascinating windows into Japanese culture and folklore, a glimpse into the author's respect and love of nature, and the intangible qualities of hand animation; an art form which is nearing extinction worldwide. Watching this film is truly a special experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie should be in everyone's home library, if you have kids in the house or you're just a kid at heart. It is by far my favorite anime movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a realy gooooood movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow,where to start on this one? Okay, well of course we're all really grateful to the Mouse Machine for giving us the improved production (wide screen and dual language) of a film so many of us love to the very core of our being and we'll definitely buy a copy or two, but then we watch their new dub and realize they still don't quite get it. Even with Miyazaki's tight contractual stipulations we can still wind up with bad english voice cast and skewed americanization of the script. Note to Mouse: It's a Miyazaki film. You don't need a recognizable "Hollywood name" in the cast to sell it. And just because someone is a talented SCREEN actor doesn't necessarily make him or her a good VOICE actor (match the mouth flaps anyone?). Track down a copy of the original Fox english release and watch how much better it was with a cast that was more vocally and energetically matched to the Japanese language version. And while you're watching, pay attention to the dialog. Notice how the Fox script more closely matches the Japanese translation? Regardless, this is a GREAT movie for ALL ages. It is charming beyond measure and infinitely re-watchable. It's a wonderful gift movie for the toddler thru grade-school age group - adorable characters, realistic children, beautiful animation and a sweet story. Parental cautionary note: the story does involve a hospitalized parent (the mother). Though she does get better and come home (as seen in the ending credits) this might be a difficult theme for a child in this situation or one who has actually lost a parent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite movie since I was a child. I first put my eye's on it in a movie rental store called 100,000 movies (this was about when I was seven). My dad rented it along with other movie's and when we went home my mother, father, older sister and I sat down on the couch and wachted it together. since then i've asked my dad to rent it everytime he went to 100,000 movie's. Then we moved from there, and I ended up never going there again. Instead we started to go to Blockbuster. I was scared that they didn't have it there, but to my surprise they had! Now a couple of years have past, and still I don't own the movie. Hopefully I await for Christmas to come, where it will be 'secretly' given to me as a present. So everytime I see the movie, it makes me cry for no reason. I guess you can say it's a little wierd, but I don't think it is. I just think it's such a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous film for the whole family. We can't get enough of it in our house. There is magic, adventure, and emotion in this film, shown in a way that is accessible to kids. Buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To childish and also need more romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie more than any other movie!!! i first saw it when i was like 7 and i still love it!!! and my favorite thing is the cat/bus!! its a bus...but its also a cat!!! ok im EXTREMLY easily amussed so bear with me here ok people? well i loved it and i love anime so um...yea...oh!!! and i just want to reach in and huggle them all!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! huggles and love to all! -Rain