General Information

Glossary: M
Released Year: 1988
Runtime: 86 minutes
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy
Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
Writers: Hayao Miyazaki
Casts: Sumi Shimamoto, Chika Sakamoto, Yûko Maruyama, Shigeru Chiba, Noriko Hidaka, Hitoshi Takagi, Shigesato Itoi, Tanie Kitabayashi, Masashi Hirose, Toshiyuki Amagasa
IMDB: My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

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User Rating:
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IMDB Rating: 8.2


The A.V. Club - Sam Adams
Miyazaki so effectively captures the feeling of a child’s life, inside as well as out, that little ones are often mesmerized by the movie, and adults are returned to a time when they could enjoy mystery for its own sake.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy. A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign. A world where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and have a nap.
Empire - Dan Jolin
An otherworldly tale of childhood and a definitive work of imagination.
The Guardian - Steve Rose
Hayao Miyazaki's family fantasy is full of benign spirituality, prelapsarian innocence, but little icky sentiment.
Time Out - Trevor Johnston
An animated achievement almost without parallel.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.