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My Neighbour Totoro DVD

Hayao Miyazaki, 1988


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Film Details

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Produced in 1988

Main Language - Japanese with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - Asian Film, Japanese Film

MovieMail's Review

Miyazaki's small but perfectly formed film eschews the wide, dark canvases of Nausicca and Princess Mononoke for a much lighter world. It's a delight to watch, with little overt drama but much to hold your interest.
One summer, a university professor moves his two young daughters, Mei and Satsuki, to a new home in the Japanese countryside so that they can be near their hospital-bound mother. In time, they make friends with the titular Totoro, a huge furry troll with a demented, wide-mouthed grin. He doesn't say much (only growls), and we only meet him a few times - such is the scope of the film.
The pleasures of the film are many. The animation and soundtrack perfectly evoke the rural Japanese setting. The spirits and creatures we meet are strange, otherworldly yet impossibly charming. And simply watching the girls run around, imbuing their world with optimism and magic is worth your time on its own.
Totoro achieves a consistency of tone and quality sometimes lacking from Miyazaki's more ambitious work. While at first glance it may appear to be a slight, family-orientated film, it is richly rewarding with cross-generational appeal, much like Pixar's best work.

on 1st March 2006
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Film Description

Studio Ghibli's My Neighbour Totoro is a charming tale about 10 year-old Saksuki and her inquisitive younger sister Mei who move to a new home in the country to be closer to their mother in hospital. Far from the bustle of the city, they discover a mysterious place of spirits and magic, and the friendship of the forest spirits.

A cherished project for Miyazaki, full of the magical touches for which he is famous, My Neighbour Totoro is an elegy to the fairytale world of childhood and also to the disappearing countryside.

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: Studio Canal

Length: 90 mins

Aspect ratio: 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 27th March 2006

Cat No: OPTD0290

Subtitles: English

DVD Extras

  • Optional English or Japanese Soundtracks
  • Complete feature-length storyboards
  • Creditless opening animation
  • Creditless closing animation
  • Original Japanese trailer
  • Studio Ghibli trailer reel.

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by Anon on 3rd April 2006

As a nostalgic film about the universal experience of family and imagination during early childhood, My Neighbour Totoro has few rivals. The heartfelt discoveries and ... Read on


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