My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro

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Family adventure from the godfather of Japanese animation Hayao Miyazaki, following two young girls who befriend an enormous cat-bear creature sleeping in a nearby forest. More

With their ill mother in hospital, 10-year-old Satsuki (Dakota) and her younger sister Mei (Elle) live with their father in their new rural home. One day, Mei notices an odd little creature retreating into the woods. When she gives chase, she eventually stumbles upon a massive harmless beast, which she names Totoro. Eventually convincing her sister of the adorable creature’s existence, they explore the world with magical wonder via a flying cat bus.

Sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning provide the English voiceover for the two respective siblings.

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1988Rating: G86 minsJapanStudio Ghibli
AdventureAnimatedKids & FamilyFantasy
Director:
Hayao Miyazaki ('Castle in the Sky', 'Kiki's Delivery Service', 'Princess Mononoke', 'Spirited Away', 'Ponyo')
Writer:
Hayao Miyazaki
Cast:
Noriko HidakaChika SakamotoHitoshi TakagiShigesato ItoiSumi Shimamoto

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My Neighbour Totoro | Reviews

95%55 reviews

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's full of benign spirituality, prelapsarian innocence and joyous discovery, all rooted in a carefully detailed reality.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

(The) tone is so relentlessly goody-goody that it crosses the line from sweet into saccharine...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Whenever I watch it, I smile, and smile, and smile... a little sad, a little scary, a little surprising and a little informative, just like life itself.

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Variety

Variety

Miyazaki has essentially padded a television half-hour into a sluggish theatrical feature.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Its unassuming demeanor belies a thematic foundation built on a faith in humanity rare in contemporary cinema...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Miyazaki's ode to childhood is a thing of wonder... the film has a pure spirit that cannot be denied.

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Time Out

Time Out

(It) remains an animated achievement almost without parallel.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Miyazaki... effectively captures the feeling of a child’s life, inside as well as out...

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

It exemplifies Ghibli’s style of fanciful realism...

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

The movie has a lulling, gently wry quality...

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My Neighbour Totoro | Release Details

My Neighbour Totoro is available to stream in Australia now on Netflix and Google Play and Apple TV and Prime Video Store.