My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)

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Videos & Photos

  • Clip: Making Acorns Grow
  • Clip: Totoro At The Bus Stop

Movie Info & Cast


When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.


  • Noriko Hidaka
  • Chika Sakamoto
  • Shigesato Itoi
  • Sumi Shimamoto
  • Tanie Kitabayashi
  • Hitoshi Takagi
  • Yûko Maruyama
  • Machiko Washio
  • Reiko Suzuki
  • Masashi Hirose

Did You Know?


  • On its original theatrical release in Japan, it was double-featured with Grave of the Fireflies (1988) as the film was believed to be too big a financial risk as a standalone release.
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  • When Mei and Satsuki are running back home from school because of the rain, Mei trips and gets mud on her skirt. After a few scenes, her skirt does not have any mud.
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    • Mei KusakabeSatsuki: Come out, come out, wherever you are!
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5.0 out of 5



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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

My Neighbor Totoro is drawn in an expansive, naturalistic way that makes an atmosphere of trees, rice fields and hills unraveling in the distance a hypnotic shadow character. In some scenes this nature is so delicious it becomes a poetical presence. [08 May 1993, p.C3]

Metacritic review by Peter Stack
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle