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My Neighbour Totoro [DVD]

Hayao Miyazaki    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Tohru Hara
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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While their mother recovers from an illness, Satsuki and her little sister Mei (voiced in English by Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning) get away from it all in an idyllic rural retreat. Far from the bustle of the city, they discover a mysterious place of spirits and magic, and the friendship of the Totoro woodland creatures.

Conceived as a family film devoid of conflict and suffused with the carefree pleasures of the summertime, My Neighbour Totoro sees Hayao Miyazaki create a parable of friendship and imagination populated with unforgettable characters.

A universal classic for all generations, My Neighbour Totoro shows Japanese animation`s famous Studio Ghibli at its very best, and is an elegy to two ever-fading miracles: the fairytale world of childhood and the disappearing countryside.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Japanese ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Film Credits, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Storyboards, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Master animation director Hayao Miyazaki follows up on his record-breaking 1997 opus Princess Mononoke with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. The film opens with ten-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around -- even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro's bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food. After her mother and father help themselves to some tasty purloined morsels, they turn into giant pigs. Chihiro understandably freaks out and flees. She learns that this very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world. Soon after befriending a boy named Haku, Chihiro learns the rules of the land: one, she must work , as laziness of any kind is not tolerated; and two, she must take on the new moniker of Sen. If she forgets her real name, Haku tells her, then she will never be permitted to leave. ...My Neighbour Totoro ( Tonari no Totoro ) ( My Neighbor Totoro )

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159 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars about time too! 7 Mar 2006
I'm guessing this has been released following the success of "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Spirited Away", but in my opinion, "My Neighbour Totoro" is Miyazaki's best work.
The story follows two little girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move to the country with their father while their mother is recouperating in hospital. Miyazaki captures perfectly the curiosity of two children full of life, chasing dust bunnies (suswatari) and exploring the garden. What this film also captures is the simple beauty of Japanese country life - from clothing and architecture to the girls' respect of a roadside shrine to Jizo-san, the patron saint of travelers.
Totoro himself is a "spirit of the forest" but nothing in the film is more real. He is like a giant furry fat rabbit (without the rabbit teeth!) and when Mei first finds him and goes to sleep on his belly, it makes me want to get the biggest softest grey blanket and snuggle up too. However, my favourite character has to be Catbus. What cat lover could not be utterly taken by a giant tabby cat who is a real live bus, with furry seats, who leaps across the countryside taking Satsuki and Mei for a ride?
This film is magical - and suitable for all ages. The drawing and animation is incredible - especially when you think it was done in 1988 before computer graphics took over. The soundtrack is fantastic too, and the end song will have you singing along!
Don't be put off by the fact that Disney have the distribution rights, either. Miyazaki was incredibly strict when he did that, and controlled an awful lot of things such as the script, editing and merchandising. This means that none of the original spirit is lost, and you don't get any of that over-commercialisation associated with many of the Disney 'brands'.
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most charming film I have EVER seen! 16 Mar 2007
This film is intended for small children, so Miyazaki says. I was thirty-six when I watched it. I was so charmed that I showed it again to my father, who was then seventy-seven. He was so charmed that he insisted we must show it to his grandson, who is four. I have seen more exciting films, or funnier films, but none which gave me more sheer delight. It is a great shame the world isn't really as nice as this, but when you are four, like Mei, or even eleven, like Satsuki, this is how you want it to be: everyone bigger is kind and can be trusted completely, and everything always comes right in the end. Knowing a little boy of Mei's age I can vouch for her being highly realistic, from the obsessive looking through a hole in a bucket to the scowling and sulking! The most touching moment is when Catbus' destination board changes to "MEI", showing Satsuki that he knows exactly where her little sister is, and that he's going to take her straight there. My only criticisms, if you can call them that, are that the DVD doesn't contain the legendary sequel "Mei and the Kittenbus", in which Mei meets and goes for a ride with Catbus's little son, and that I can't ride in Catbus myself. As a cat lover and occasional bus user I feel I was born to do that, and it's a disgrace he's only imaginary!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film I've found for small children 18 Oct 2007
By Cathy
You don't need another review to say what a wonderful film this is. I wanted to praise it for keeping my two year old son happy. We originally got it from the library - then he wanted it every week so it became the first film he actually owns. Several months later he still loves it (even in Japanese) and I'm still delighted to watch it with him - nothing scary, no nasty characters and plenty of roaring!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best movie of studio ghibli 31 Dec 2006
By Laura
This movie is wonderful the animation is fantastic and the beatuful detailed pictures are just amazing. Each character is so creative and detailed it's just a must see film!! Also Totoro is so CUTE and so are his friends. I loved this movie anyone of any age can see it infact anyone of any age MUST see it.

I personally think all of studio ghibli's films are fantastic ,and so is the animation and drawings ,but this is the very best of studio ghibli. Although Spirited Away and Howls moving castle are brilliant they aren't quite as good as this. But if you enjoy this is highly recommend Howls moving castle and Spririted Away.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wait till 2010 20 July 2005
By A Customer
The movie itself is one of Miyazaki's best. Very deep for a children's film, yet fanciful enough for tykes of all ages. This particular edition, as noted by one apt observer, is a pan and scan and has no special features. The release by Japan, on the other hand, not only is widescreen, but has english subtitles and at least a "making of" featurette as well as more if I remember correctly. The only problem is, the dvd is not region 1.
However, since Disney has been rereleasing all of Miyazaki's films in a two disc, widescreen dub or sub format, I would suggest waiting for that. This edition was NOT released by Disney, and results in the lesser packaging. As for the release date for Disney's two disc set ... last I saw, it was around 2010.
So 5 stars for the movie, 0 stars for this packaging, 10 stars for Disney's two disc versions of other Miyazaki films, and this one will be included there at one point.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Neighbour Totoro 4 Jun 2007
I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this film. Although I'm a self confessed ghibli fan, this is essentially a film aimed at children, but which I loved from the word go. It has beautiful animation and a simple story that captivates you and makes you smile the whole way. The characterisation is great and the kids in the film are genuinely endearing. The specific touches, like the cat bus, add that spark of magic and wonder for kids and adults alike. I really was surprised at how much I liked this film and have to rate it very highly in Ghibli's output of work. Great viewing and not to be missed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful film
Published 8 hours ago by Genevieve Wakelin
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality movie and a good package
Amazing movie, great quality disc.
After buying this we got the book to read to the kids. Very touching movie.
Published 11 hours ago by J. A. Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty of youth.
Unquestionably one of the most beautifully crafted children's films I've ever seen. The Totoro character is instantly loveable and the cat bus, genius!
Published 1 day ago by J. Childs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely peaceful movie children love
Published 1 day ago by Tezzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
This is one of my all time favourite animated movies. There isn't much more I can say about it that hasn't been said many times before. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mark Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an update to Blu-ray from the family favourite DVD. Superb...
This was an update to Blu-ray from the family favourite DVD. Superb animation and a great feel good factor film
Published 6 days ago by DAVID W MACREADY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A really great story, nothing like a bit of fantasy to get you away from the real world sometimes.
Published 6 days ago by jedd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourites!
Published 11 days ago by Lauren Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film for kids AND adults
Gorgeous film for kids AND adults. Meet Totoro, you'll wish he was YOUR neighbour! If you love Miyazaki's films, you won't be disappointed: sweet, funny and amazingly inventive. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mr. P. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Terrific, my grandchildren ages from 2 to 10 are enthralled and view often.
Published 23 days ago by Amyjones
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