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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

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


Shigesato Itoi
as Tatsuo Kusakabe
Sumi Shimamoto
as Yasuko Kusakabe
Tanie Kitabayashi
as Kanta No Obasan
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.

December 8, 2014 | Full Review…

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

December 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sheer enchantment.

December 8, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

May 23, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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.

September 1, 2008

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

June 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Neighbor Totoro


No plot and a little slow, but super cute and fun.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer


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

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