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My Neighbor Totoro
となりのトトロ
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Produced by Toru Hara
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
Starring Chika Sakamoto
Noriko Hidaka
Hitoshi Takagi
Tanie Kiribayashi
Shigesato Itoi
Sumi Shimamoto
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Cinematography Hisao Shirai
Editing by Takeshi Seyama
Distributed by Toho (Japan)
Troma Films - 1993 dub (USA)
Disney - Disney dub (USA)
Release date(s) Flag of Japan April 16, 1988
Fox Dub
Flag of the United States 1993
Disney Dub
Flag of the United States March 7, 2006
Running time 86 minutes
Language Japanese
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ Tonari no Totoro?), or My Neighbour Totoro on UK DVD box titles, is a 1988 film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The movie won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1988. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (720x1020, 203 KB) Summary Japanese movie poster for Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbor Totoro, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. ... Hayao Miyazaki ) (born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... Hayao Miyazaki ) (born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... Chika Sakamoto (坂本 千夏 Sakamoto Chika, alternatively translated as Sakamoto Chinatsu, born August 17, 1959) is a seiyu and J-pop singer who was born in Tokyo Notable voice roles Kentaro Ichinose in Maison Ikkoku Kazuya in Kimagure Orange Road Nuriko in Fushigi Yugi Yaten Kou(Sailor Starhealer... Noriko Hidaka (日高 のり子 Hidaka Noriko, born May 31, 1962) is a Japanese voice actress (seiyÅ«). She has acted in the following anime roles: Akane Tendo – Ranma ½ Kikyo – InuYasha Jean – Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Satsuki – Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) Namis adoptive mother – One Piece Seta Sōjir... Shigesato Itoi (糸井重里 Itoi Shigesato, born November 10, 1948) is a famous Japanese copywriter and game designer. ... Sumi Shimamoto (島本 須美 Shimamoto Sumi, born December 8, 1954) is a veteran seiyu who was born in Kochi. ... Mamoru Fujisawa (藤澤 守 Fujisawa Mamoru), known professionally as Joe Hisaishi (久石 è­² Hisaishi Jō, born December 6, 1950) is a composer and director responsible for over 100 soundtracks and conventional albums dating back to 1981. ... Takeshi Seyama is a Japanese film editor. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... Troma is a film production and distribution company founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hayao Miyazaki ) (born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... Studio Ghibli, Inc. ... September 1997 cover of Animage, featuring artwork from the Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke. ...


Troma Films, under their 50th St. Films banner, produced a 1993 dub of the film co-produced by Jerry Beck. It was released on VHS and DVD by Fox Video. Troma's and Fox's rights to this version expired in 2004. Troma is a film production and distribution company founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974. ... Jerry Beck (born February 9, 1955) is a well known animation historian, with ten books and numerous articles to his credit. ... 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the present name of a company established in 1967 as Magnetic Video Corporation, and later as 20th Century Fox Video, CBS/Fox Video and Fox Video. ...


An ani-manga version of My Neighbor Totoro was published in English by Viz Communications starting on November 10, 2004. Animanga, sometimes spelt AniManga or ani-manga, is a less used word blend can refer to several things: anime and manga, and things based on or influenced by anime and manga. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Viz, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American manga publisher. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The film was re-released by Disney on March 7, 2006. It features a new dub cast. This DVD release is the first version of the film in the United States to include both Japanese and English language tracks, as Fox did not have the rights to the Japanese audio track for their version. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Characters

Satsuki Kusakabe (草壁サツキ Kusakabe Satsuki?)
An 11-year-old girl. Satsuki is Mei's older sister. Satsuki is the traditional name of the fifth month of the Japanese calendar, the equivalent of the English May.
Mei Kusakabe (草壁メイ Kusakabe Mei?)
Satsuki's four-year-old sister. Her name deliberately echoes her sister's, May being the fifth month, reflecting the fact that the story originally featured one girl, who was then divided into an older and younger sister. The widely-distributed promotional image for the film of a girl standing next to Totoro at a bus stop reflects the earlier conception with a single child.
Tatsuo Kusakabe (草壁達夫 Kusakabe Tatsuo?)
The girls' father, who works in the archaeology and anthropology departments of a Tokyo university.
Yasuko Kusakabe (草壁靖子 Kusakabe Yasuko?)
The girls' mother, recovering from an unnamed illness (confirmed by Miyazaki as being tuberculosis[1]) at Shichikokuyama Hospital, which is noted for its tuberculosis treatment program. Miyazaki's mother had tuberculosis when he was a boy.
Totoro (トトロ?)
A grey and white, friendly forest spirit at least three meters tall. Totoro is Mei's mispronunciation of torōru, the Japanese pronunciation of troll as a loanword. There are two similar, smaller creatures in the film, also referred to as totoro; the big grey Totoro is named "Ō-Totoro", or "Miminzuku", the middle is "Chū-Totoro", or "Zuku", and the smallest is "Chibi-Totoro", or "Mini". These names do not appear in the film itself, but are used in ancillary materials.
Kanta Ōgaki (大垣寛太 Ōgaki Kanta?)
A preteen boy of their village, ambivalent towards Satsuki. This character resembles Miyazaki in his fondness for cartoons and airplanes.
"Granny" or "Nanny" (お祖母ちゃん Obaachan?)
Kanta's grandmother, who sometimes takes care of the girls.
Catbus (猫バス Nekobasu?)
A house cat that undergoes a metamorphosis into a passenger bus, based on the Japanese superstition that if a cat grows old enough, it gains magical shape-changing powers, and is called a bake neko. [2] Bake neko are mentioned in several Ghibli films.

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Plot

Ō Totoro, or Big Totoro, flying Satsuki and Mei around the countryside.
Ō Totoro, or Big Totoro, flying Satsuki and Mei around the countryside.

In the 1950s, a Tokyo university professor and his two daughters move into an old house in rural Japan, so as to be closer to the hospital where his wife is recovering from an illness. The daughters find that the house is inhabited by tiny animated dust creatures called soot sprites, which their father rationalizes as makkurokurosuke — an optical illusion seen when moving from light to dark places. (These creatures are referred to as "dust bunnies" and "soot spirits" in the 1993 English dub; in the Disney version, they are variously called "soot gremlins" or "soot sprites". In the English subtitles of the first Japanese-language version to find its way to America, they were "Black Soots". The original name, "makkurokurosuke", literally means "pitch-black blackie".) Tonari no Totoro This work is copyrighted. ... Tonari no Totoro This work is copyrighted. ... Susuwatari are the dust bunnies or soot sprites featured in two animated childrens movies: My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. ... Look up dust bunny in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


When Mei, the younger daughter, plays outside the house, she sees two white rabbit-like ears in the grass (reminiscent of The White Rabbit from The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland), and upon following this creature she discovers two small magical creatures, which lead her through a briar patch (once again alluding to Lewis Carrol's rabbit hole), and into the hollow of a large Camphor Laurel tree. There she meets and befriends a large version of the same kind of spirit, which identifies itself by a series of roars she interprets as "Totoro". Her father later tells her that this is the "keeper of the forest". Binomial name Cinnamomum camphora (L.) Sieb. ...


One rainy night, while the girls are waiting for their father's bus, Satsuki encounters Totoro herself for the first time. Since he is looking rather forlorn with only a leaf on his head for protection against the rain, Satsuki offers him the umbrella she had taken along for her father. Totoro is delighted at both the shelter and the sounds made upon it by falling raindrops. The girls receive in return a bundle of nuts and seeds. A bus-shaped giant cat halts at the stop, and Totoro boards it, taking the umbrella. Catbus, or Nekobasu with Satsuki The Catbus (or Nekobasu) is one of the two most recognizable characters in the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro), directed by Hayao Miyazaki. ...


The girls plant the seeds, but they don't sprout for a few days. One night, they awaken at midnight to find Totoro and his two miniature colleagues engaged in a ritual dance around the planted nuts and seeds. The girls join in, whereupon the seeds sprout and then grow into an enormous tree. Totoro then takes his colleagues and the girls for a ride on a magical flying top. In the morning, the girls find that there is no tree in their yard, but that the seeds have indeed sprouted. Ceremonial dance is a major category or classification of dance forms or dance styles, where the purpose is ceremonial or ritualistic. ...


The final encounter with Totoro in the film occurs when Mei, distraught when she learns that their mother's visit home has been canceled due to an apparent worsening of her condition, (a suspicion which proves to be unfounded), sets off on foot to the hospital and gets lost. Desperate to find her sister, Satsuki returns to the camphor laurel tree and pleads for Totoro's help. Delighted to be of assistance, he summons the Catbus, which rescues Mei and whisks her and Satsuki over the countryside to see their mother in the hospital. When the Catbus departs, it fades away from the girls' sight in a manner reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat.


The closing credits feature scenes of Satsuki and Mei playing with other human children, with Totoro and his friends as unseen bystanders. Miyazaki has asserted that the girls would never see Totoro again, but that the spirits would always be watching over them.


Totoro and Shinto

In the film, Mei refers to Totoro as an obake. At another point in the film, Satsuki talks to Mei about what she has just met. Mei says "totoro" and Satsuki asks whether she means a troll. Mei responds in the affirmative and repeats "totoro", which seems to imply that totoro is a childish mispronunciation of the phonetic japanese pronunciation of troll (torōru). This would fit with other features of the film which mix traditional with modern/western influenced elements (eg. the house, the cat-bus, totoro's umbrella). Whether the Westernisation is in the perceptions of the urbanised family who are the main focus of the film remains a moot point because the film is deliberately vague about the distinction between perception and reality. Obake ), also called obakemono, are the traditional ghosts, goblins and monsters from Japanese folklore; the term is virtually the same as yōkai, and includes traditional goblins and monsters, and yÅ«rei, spirits of the human dead. ... Trolls with an abducted princess (John Bauer, 1915). ...


Many people interpret Totoro as a kami spirit of the Shinto religion.[3] Shinto kami are often guardian spirits of the land, concerned with natural phenomena like wind and thunder and natural objects like the sun, mountains, rivers, trees, and rocks. There are no clearly defined criteria for what should or should not be worshipped as kami, and they have no defined shape. “Megami” redirects here. ... Shinto ) is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ...


Totoro's home is in a shinto shrine, which is demarcated by a shimenawa rope around his tree, and a torii on the path leading to the shrine. A torii is a gate leading to a jinja. ... Shimenawa (kanji: 注連縄 or 七五三縄; hiragana: しめなわ -- しめ shime, enclosing + なわ nawa, rope) are lengths of braided rice straw rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion. ... A famous floating torii at Itsukushima Shrine Multiple torii at Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto Torii are widespread in Japan, to the extent that modern architecture sometimes emulates their form, such as at Kanazawa Station. ...


Release history

The DVD Cover for Disney's 2006 release of My Neighbor Totoro.

My Neighbor Totoro was released by Studio Ghibli as a double feature with Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies in August, 1988. There are two theories for this: one was that Totoro would not be successful. Another theory is that Grave of the Fireflies was believed to be too depressing for audiences by itself, and thus needed a lighter animation to accompany it. [4] The late Yoshifumi Kondo provided character designs for both films. Image File history File linksMetadata JUN044233. ... Image File history File linksMetadata JUN044233. ... This article is about the film. ... Yoshifumi Kondou (March 31, 1950) was a Japanese animator that worked for Studio Ghibli in his last years. ...


In 1993, Fox released the first English-language version of My Neighbor Totoro, produced by John Daly and Derek Gibson (the producers of The Terminator) with co-producer Jerry Beck. Fox and Troma's rights to the film expired in 2004. Disney's English-language version premiered on October 23, 2005; it then appeared at the 2005 Hollywood Film Festival. The Turner Classic Movies cable television network held the television premiere of Disney's new English dub on January 19, 2006, as part of the network's salute to Hayao Miyazaki. (TCM aired the dub as well as the original Japanese with English subtitles.) The Disney version was released on DVD on March 7, 2006. This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Terminator (also known as Terminator in some early trailers and posters) is a 1984 science fiction/action film featuring former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger in what would become his best-known role, and also starred Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn. ... Jerry Beck (born February 9, 1955) is a well known animation historian, with ten books and numerous articles to his credit. ... Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a cable television channel featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. ...


As is the case with Disney's other English dubs of Miyazaki films, the Disney version of Totoro features a star-heavy cast, including Dakota and Elle Fanning as Satsuki and Mei, Timothy Daly as Mr. Kusakabe, Pat Carroll as Granny, Lea Salonga as Mrs. Kusakabe, and Frank Welker as Totoro and Catbus. The songs for the new dub retained the same translation as the previous dub, but were sung by Sonya Isaacs. Dakota Fanning (born Hannah Dakota Fanning on February 23, 1994) is an American actress. ... Elle Fanning (born Mary Elle Fanning on April 9, 1998 in Conyers, Georgia) is an American child actress. ... This biographical article needs additional references for verification. ... Patricia Ann Carroll (born May 5, 1927) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Lea Salonga-Chien (born Maria Ligaya Carmen Imutan Salonga on February 22, 1971 in Angeles City, Philippines) is a Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, and Theatre World award-winning Filipino singer and actress who is best known for her portrayal of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... Catbus, or Nekobasu with Satsuki The Catbus (or Nekobasu) is one of the two most recognizable characters in the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro), directed by Hayao Miyazaki. ...


Other appearances

  • Miyazaki made a 13-minute "sequel" to the film, "Mei and the Kittenbus", that has not yet been distributed or broadcast. It is shown exclusively in the Ghibli Museum and initially was only shown for a short time [2]. It reappears at intervals there, most recently from October through mid-November 2006. [3].
  • Totoro also made a brief cameo appearance during a scene in Pompoko, another Studio Ghibli film.
  • In the first Digimon Movie, "Digimon Adventure (The Movie)", there is a Totoro object that can be seen during the bubbles scene. This scene was shortened in the English version and the Totoro cannot be seen.
  • Episode XXXIII of Samurai Jack has Jack encountering an annoying creature whose design is clearly influenced by the big Totoro. The episode also includes an artifact called the Crystal of Cagliostro, an apparent allusion to Miyazaki's earlier film The Castle of Cagliostro.
  • The character of Totoro made a cameo appearance in one episode of the Gainax TV series Kareshi Kanojo no Jijo (His and Her Circumstances), which was likely director Hideaki Anno's way of paying tribute to Miyazaki. (Anno worked as a key animator on Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984 and considers Miyazaki a mentor.) In fact, Gainax reportedly invited the animator who did the original key animation for Totoro to work on that scene, although they never revealed the animator's name. In addition, one KareKano character, Tsubasa Shibahime, is a huge Totoro fan.
  • Totoro has made three cameo appearances on Comedy Central's Drawn Together. He is a student in "Foxxy vs. the Board of Education", a Japanese businessman in "A Very Special Drawn Together Afterschool Special", and a wedding guest in "Freaks & Greeks".
  • The Pokemon Snorlax may have been based on Totoro. His baby evolution, Munchlax, may be based on the smaller version of Totoro seen in the film also.
  • Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender was strongly inspired by the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro.
  • In Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Brief Lives, Delirium blows bubbles into a number of impossible shapes, one of which is Totoro holding an umbrella.
  • Sometimes in Code Lyoko as seen in Yumi's room , there is a Totoro doll.
  • In Kare Kano the girls say they have seen a Totoro on the street. They want just to play a joke to a childish member of the group.
  • In Kiki's Delivery Service Mei and Chu-Totoro are painted on the bedroom windows. She also has a stuffed toy that resembles Totoro on her bed. Also if you look hard while Kiki is zooming through the crowds near the beginning of the film you can see a girl who looks just like Mei.
  • Chu-Totoro and Chibi-Totoro can be seen on a dollmaker's bench in Whisper of The Heart.
  • In Ne-yo's music video for his song Sexy Love, in the scene where he and his girlfriend are on the roof, in the background you can see a spray painted Totoro.
  • The Cartoon Network short, "Buy One Get One Free" (aired as part of the What a Cartoon show), is a short about a cat who is tempted into throwing a party in his owner's apartment. In one shot, a cat resembling Totoro can be seen at the party.

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Trivia

Pavilion reproduction of Satsuki & Mei’s House in Japan.
Pavilion reproduction of Satsuki & Mei’s House in Japan.
  • The main Totoro has become a mascot for Studio Ghibli, gracing the studio's logo at the start of their films.
  • There is a real park in Higashimurayama, Tokyo and Tokorozawa, Saitama named Hachikokuyama which was used as the inspiration for the mountain where Satsuki and Mei's mother was hospitalized.
  • Matsugo, the area where Mei and Satsuki live, is a real district of Tokorozawa, Saitama.
  • When the Catbus is about to take Mei and Satsuki to the hospital, the destination sign displays several real locations in Tokorozawa. In the final display, the final character of 七国山病院 appears upside-down.
  • Asteroid 10160 has been named "Totoro" by Takao Kobayashi. The name was approved by the International Astronomical Union.
  • The 2005 World Expo in Japan featured a "Totoro" house, a recreation of Satsuki and Mei's house in the movie.
  • Ken Jennings, the winner of the most games in the history of the TV game show Jeopardy!, carries a small plush "Totoro" figure in his pocket for good luck.
  • "Kaze no Tōrimichi", one of the main themes in the soundtrack of Totoro, appears in a rearranged version as "Tororo-kun Is My Neighbor" in the Nintendo 64 game Goemon's Great Adventure, where it is played in the Mokeke Forest stage.
  • The Catbus is definitely male - when it jumps from the power lines toward Mei, its testicles are clearly visible, much like those of the male tanuki in Pom Poko.
  • Pat Carroll, the voice of Granny in the Disney dub, was also the voice of Ursula in the animated Disney film The Little Mermaid.
  • The type of flute played by the "Totoros" is called an Ocarina

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Credits

DVD case cover for My Neighbor Totoro from the original 20th Century Fox release. The Walt Disney Company has issued a re-release with a new voice cast.
  • Executive producer: Yasuyoshi Tokuma
  • Producer: Toru Hara
  • Original story, screenplay written and directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Music composer: Joe Hisaishi
  • Supervising animator: Yoshiharu Sato
  • Art director: Kazuo Oga
  • Color design: Michiyo Yasuda
  • Color design assistant: Nobuko Mizuta
  • Camera supervisor: Hisao Shirai
  • Editor: Takeshi Seyama
  • Audio director: Shigeharu Shiba
  • Recording & sound mixing engineer: Shuji Inoue
  • Sound effects: Kazutoshi Sato (E&M Planning Center)
  • Dialogue editor: Akiyoshi Yoda
  • Recording & mixing studio: Tokyo TV Center
  • Japanese theme song performance: Azumi Inoue
  • Production manager: Eiko Tanaka
  • Production desk: Hirokatsu Kihara, Toshiyuki Kawabata
  • Film development laboratory: Tokyo Laboratory
  • Production: Studio Ghibli

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Cast

The movie stars the following voice actors:

Character Original Japanese version Streamline English version Disney English version
Satsuki Kusakabe Noriko Hidaka Lisa Michelson (Deceased) Dakota Fanning
Mei Kusakabe Chika Sakamoto Cheryl Chase Elle Fanning
Professor Kusakabe Shigesato Itoi Steve Kramer Timothy Daly
Mrs. Kusakabe Sumi Shimamoto Alexandra Kenworthy Lea Salonga
Kanta Toshiyuki Amagasa Kenneth Hartman Paul Butcher
Nanny Tanie Kitabayashi Natalie Core Pat Carroll
Totoro Hitoshi Takagi (Deceased) Hitoshi Takagi (Deceased) Frank Welker

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Buena Vista production logo, 1950s. ... Noriko Hidaka (日高 のり子 Hidaka Noriko, born May 31, 1962) is a Japanese voice actress (seiyÅ«). She has acted in the following anime roles: Akane Tendo – Ranma ½ Kikyo – InuYasha Jean – Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Satsuki – Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) Namis adoptive mother – One Piece Seta Sōjir... Lisa Michelson (1958-1991) was an American voice actress best known for her work on My Neighbor Totoro. ... Dakota Fanning (born Hannah Dakota Fanning on February 23, 1994) is an American actress. ... Chika Sakamoto (坂本 千夏 Sakamoto Chika, alternatively translated as Sakamoto Chinatsu, born August 17, 1959) is a seiyu and J-pop singer who was born in Tokyo Notable voice roles Kentaro Ichinose in Maison Ikkoku Kazuya in Kimagure Orange Road Nuriko in Fushigi Yugi Yaten Kou(Sailor Starhealer... Cheryl Chase is an American voice actress best known as the voice of Angelica Pickles on Rugrats and All Grown Up. ... Elle Fanning (born Mary Elle Fanning on April 9, 1998 in Conyers, Georgia) is an American child actress. ... Shigesato Itoi (糸井重里 Itoi Shigesato, born November 10, 1948) is a famous Japanese copywriter and game designer. ... Steven M. Kramer (born December 24, 1950 in San Juan Capistrano, CA) is a voice actor for many anime titles. ... This biographical article needs additional references for verification. ... Sumi Shimamoto (島本 須美 Shimamoto Sumi, born December 8, 1954) is a veteran seiyu who was born in Kochi. ... Lea Salonga-Chien (born Maria Ligaya Carmen Imutan Salonga on February 22, 1971 in Angeles City, Philippines) is a Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, and Theatre World award-winning Filipino singer and actress who is best known for her portrayal of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. ... Paul Matthew Hawke Butcher[1] (born February 14, 1994) is an American actor. ... Patricia Ann Carroll (born May 5, 1927) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ...

See also

My Neighbor Totoro Soundtrack Collection is the original soundtrack for the Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari No Totoro - となりのトトロ). It was released on May 1, 1988 by Tokuma Shoten. ... Mei and the Kittenbus ) is a short sequel to the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro from Studio Ghibli. ...

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References

  1. ^ http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/totoro/faq.html#mother – Retrieved on 2006-10-30
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Helen McCarthy, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, p 120-1, ISBN 1-880656-41-8
  4. ^ http://www.thespectrum.net/anime/my_neighbor_totoro/index.php Spectrum Nexus My Neighbor Totoro Review


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Studio Ghibli films
Pre Ghibli films

Hols: Prince of the Sun (1968) • Panda! Go, Panda! (1972) • Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro (1979) • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Studio Ghibli, Inc. ... Panda! Go Panda! is a 1972 Japanese anime written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Isao Takahata, predating Studio Ghibli. ... Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro ) is a 1979 anime film co-written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki; it is one of the master thief Lupin III movies. ... Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind ) is a 1984 film by Japanese writer, illustrator, and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, based on his manga of the same name. ...

Ghibli films

Castle in the Sky (1986) • My Neighbor Totoro (1988) • Grave of the Fireflies (1988) • Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) • Only Yesterday (1991) • Porco Rosso (1992) • I Can Hear the Sea (1993) • Pom Poko (1994) • Whisper of the Heart (1995) • Princess Mononoke (1997) • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) • Spirited Away (2001) • The Cat Returns (2002) • Howl's Moving Castle (2004) • Tales from Earthsea (2006) • Ponyo on a Cliff (2008)
Laputa: Castle in the Sky ) (re-titled Castle in the Sky for release in the United States) is a film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, released in 1986. ... This article is about the film. ... Kikis Delivery Service (, Witchs Delivery Service) is a 1989 anime film, produced, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki . ... Only Yesterday , meaning Memories Like Falling Teardrops (more literally, Memories Like Falling Rain Drops) is sixth film by critically acclaimed director Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) and produced by Studio Ghibli. ... Porco Rosso , lit. ... I Can Hear the Sea, also known (offically) as Ocean Waves, is a Television Movie Anime made by Studio Ghibli. ... Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ; Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko, Heisei-era Raccoon Dog War Pom Poko) (1994) is an anime (Japanese animation) film written and directed by Takahata Isao at Studio Ghibli. ... Whisper of the Heart , literally If You Listen Closely) is the ninth anime feature film produced by Studio Ghibli, and a manga by Aoi Hiiragi on which it was based. ... Princess Mononoke ) is a Japanese animated film by Hayao Miyazaki that was first released in Japan on July 12, 1997 and in the United States on October 29, 1999 in select cities and on November 26, 1999. ... My Neighbors the Yamadas was directed by Isao Takahata and was released by Studio Ghibli in 1999. ... Spirited Away, originally known in Japan as Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi ), is an Academy Award winning 2001 film by the Japanese anime studio Studio Ghibli, written and directed by famed animator Hayao Miyazaki. ... The Cat Returns , lit. ... Howls Moving Castle ) is an Academy Award-nominated Japanese animated fantasy film, based on Diana Wynne Jones novel of the same name, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. ... Tales from Earthsea , loosely Geds War Chronicles) is a feature anime film from Studio Ghibli, released in Japan on July 29, 2006,[1] to be distributed in the USA by Walt Disney Pictures and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. ... This article or section seems to describe future events as if they have already occurred. ...

Studio Ghibli shorts

Nandarou (1992) • On Your Mark (1995) • Ghiblies (2000) • Ghiblies Episode II (2002) • Mei and the Kittenbus (2003) • The Night of Taneyamagahara (2006) • Mizugumo Monmon (2006) • Iblard Jikan (2007) • The two policemen drive the winged girl to safety. ... Mei and the Kittenbus ) is a short sequel to the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro from Studio Ghibli. ... Cover of Taneyamagahara no Yoru DVD. The Night of Taneyamagahara ) is an anime short film directed by Kazuo Oga and released by Studio Ghibli. ... Mizugumo Monmon (or Water Spider Monmon) is a short animated film produced by the famed animé studio Studio Ghibli. ... Iblard Jikan ) is a Japanese animation by Studio Ghibli, released in Japan on DVD and Blu-ray disc on July 4, 2007 as part of the Ghibli ga Ippai Collection. ...

See also

Ghibli Museum Ghibli Museum, Mitaka A life-size model of a robot from the animation Castle in the Sky on top of the Ghibli Museum Ghibli Museum is a commercial museum showing off the Japanese anime work of Studio Ghibli. ...


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My Neighbor Totoro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1683 words)
Totoro is Mei's mispronunciation of tororu, the Japanese version of the English word troll.
The final encounter with Totoro in the film occurs when Mei, distraught when she learns that their mother's visit home has been cancelled due to apparent worsening conditions (a suspicion which proves to be unfounded), sets off on foot to the hospital and gets lost.
The character of Totoro made a cameo appearance in one episode of the Gainax TV series Kareshi Kanojo no Jijo (His and Her Circumstances), which was likely director Hideaki Anno's way of paying tribute to Miyazaki.
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