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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)



Critic Consensus: My Neighbor Totoro is a heartwarming, sentimental masterpiece that captures the simple grace of childhood.

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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). ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi
Animation , Drama , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Tokuma Shoten


Noriko Hidaka
as Satsuki
Shigesato Itoi
as Tatsuo Kusakabe
Sumi Shimamoto
as Yasuko Kusakabe
Tanie Kitabayashi
as Kanta No Obasan
Machiko Washio
as Teacher
Masashi Hirose
as Kanta No Otosan
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Critic Reviews for My Neighbor Totoro

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (8)

Despite these limits, My Neighbor Totoro is a gentle and affirming film.

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Miyazaki's appreciation of miraculous possibilities and childhood visions is what drives Totoro.

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Sheer enchantment.

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The world the characters inhabit is less expressionist than impressionist, blessed with a delicate evocation of natural light and color that subtly incorporates Miyazaki's environmentalism.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Obviously aimed at an international audience, the film evinces a disorienting combination of cultures that produces a nowhere land more confused than fascinating.

Full Review… | September 1, 2008
Top Critic

The lack of sentimentality will be utterly refreshing to those raised on a diet of Disney.

Full Review… | June 19, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for My Neighbor Totoro


An enchanting movie for children, so beautiful in its wonderful simplicity, innocence and sweetness that it feels like almost impossible not to be touched by such an adorable story devoid of clichés and with no need to rely on villains or contrived conflicts.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Not usually the biggest Miyazaki fan, but maybe I just needed to try out one of his kid movies. I could actually figure out what was going on in this one, and it was sweet and whimsical, if still a bit slow.

Julie B
Julie B

Super Reviewer

Two young girls befriend a forest spirit who lives in a tree near their country house. This early Hayao Miyazaki wonder has little conflict, suspense, or logic---not a bad thing, just different approach that is aimed at the mindset of girls aged about 4-8 years old, who will be hypnotized by the cuddly giant Totoro.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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