My Neighbor Totoro

Alt title: Tonari no Totoro

Movie (1 ep x 86 min)
4.437 out of 5 from 36,751 votes
Rank #164

Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...

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hamletsmage May 21, 2011
Score 8.5/10

With a director like Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, and Spirited Away) and music by Hisaishi, this movie is sure to make an impression. The characters are imaginative, such as Catbus and Totoro. The story is enjoyable and captivating. And the animation is everything you would expect from Studio Ghibli. The story follows two young girls, Mei and Satsuki, who have just moved with their... read more

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roriconfan Aug 14, 2012
Score 6.5/10

Although considered to be one of Studio Ghibli’s best works, I personally found it to be one of their most boring ones. Ok, maybe not as boring as their latest movies, which despite the far better visuals and lots of action are still dull as heck. It’s just that nothing important happens in this film. Ok, maybe it does for the kids but story-wise it is quite unimpressive compared to their earlier... read more

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