Distribution Rights: Trouma
Genres: Family, Fantasy
|My Neighbor Totoro (Movie)|
Alternate Title: Tonari no
Description: Totoro is a forest spirit
that little Mei, and later her older sister Satsuki,
encounter in a giant camphor tree near their new home in
the countryside. Although their father, a university
professor, is with them when they move, their mother is
in the hospital, recovering from some unnamed illness.
When Mei hears that her mother's condition may be
getting worse, she resolves to visit her all by herself.
When everyone realizes she's missing, only Totoro knows
how to find her!
| Reviewer #1: Aimei
Episodes reviewed: Subtitled
Neighbor Totoro is my favorite anime of all times. I'm
always amazed at how Miyazaki can think of such fantastical
stories and portray them so well in animation. This story is
cute, sweet, funny, touching and has the sense of innocence
that is often lost nowadays. It is also very well animated
(needless to say, since it's a Miyazaki anime).
Mei, the little sister, is just adorable. She has guts
(hey, she's not scared of the big Totoro at all when she first
saw him), curiosity, stubborness, and the kind of craziness
that all kids (and adults) have. She seems to be very happy,
but deep inside she is longing for her mother's return. Her
pure friendship with the Totoros, her relationship with her
sister, and her love for her mother makes her a very loving
character, and you just want to hug her and have her as your
little sister. (Well, maybe just for a day or two. Like all
kids, she is a bit annoying and whiny sometimes.)
Like all Miyazaki animations, My Neighbor Totoro
also makes you think of bigger issues like our environment and
nature. After watching this, you would want to be with nature
more (hopefully). At one point, this anime gave me the idea of
just going into the forest, look into the trees and see if
there are any Totoros or something like that. (I don't think I
have any psychological problems?) One last thing I have to say
about this anime: the music is fantastic. Listen to the music
trailer and you'll see. The music has a peaceful and happy
mood to it. It's great!
| Reviewer #2: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: Movie;
||The word for
Totoro is "charm". This is a thoroughly charming movie,
rewarding for all ages. It charms like a child's laughter,
like the laughter of the two main characters, ten-year-old
Satsuki and four-year-old Mei, as they play in and around
their new country home. The movie introduces them to Totoro
and other supernatural neighbors that only their child's eyes
can see, inhuman, unspeaking, and inscrutable, but benign and
as playful as themselves. The images are unforgettable: Huge,
furry Totoro, jumping to shake raindrops off tree branches,
because he likes the sound they make on his borrowed umbrella.
Totoro, flying through the air at high speed, roaring with
exultation, while the two girls clinging to him roar as well.
And who can forget the CatBus, the huge many-legged cat with a
passenger compartment, bounding through the woods and along
the top of telephone wires?
Like all the films Hayao Miyazaki has directed films for
Studio Ghibli, this one has gorgeous art, here depicting the
Japanese countryside of the 1950's. The use of subtle shades
of color, the animation, the music (by Jo Hisaishi), and the
production values are all top-notch.