Tonari no Totoro   1988   Japan My Neighbor Totoro
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Director:Hayao Miyazaki
Studio:Tokuma Japan Communications Co. Ltd.
Writer:Hayao Miyazaki
IMDb Rating:8.2 (42,964 votes)
Awards:5 wins & 1 nomination
Genre:Animation, Family, Fantasy
Duration:86 min
Hayao Miyazaki  ...  (Director)
Hayao Miyazaki  ...  (Writer)
Noriko Hidaka  ...  Satsuki
Chika Sakamoto  ...  Mei
Shigesato Itoi  ...  Tatsuo Kusakabe (voice)
Sumi Shimamoto  ...  Yasuko Kusakabe (voice)
Tanie Kitabayashi  ...  Kanta no obâsan (voice)
Hitoshi Takagi  ...  Totoro
Yûko Maruyama  ...  Kanta no okâsan (voice)
Machiko Washio  ...  Teacher (voice)
Reiko Suzuki  ...  Furoi on'na no hito (voice)
Masashi Hirose  ...  Kanta no otôsan (voice)
Toshiyuki Amagasa  ...  Kanta (voice)
Shigeru Chiba  ...  Kusakari-Otoko (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta  ...  (voice)
Tarako  ...  (voice)
Tomohiro Nishimura  ...  (voice)
Mark Henley  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Wow. Just wow. This is the most adorable cartoon I've ever seen. It's beautifully animated (by the master Hayao Miyazaki) and the two kids portrayed seem uncannily accurate. I highly recommend NOT watching the English dubbed version. Dubbing might seem like less of an issue with animation than with real people, but I saw a dual audio version and flipped back and forth and for some reason the English voices made it seem less magical. It's a simple story about a father and his two young daughters who move, and must adapt, to the country, but it's executed perfectly. You will feel happy after watching this movie. It's soothing, and as a friend says, it seems almost healing. I agree.

Summary: Two young girls, Satsuke and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuke and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros (pronounced toe-toe-ro). They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures.

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