Synopsis for the Feature Length Animated Film Tonari No Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)


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Tonari No Totoro

English Title: My Neighbor Totoro

Tonari No Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) (1988) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Tonari No Totoro

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  • Feature Length Animated Film
  • Distributed by: Toho Company, 50th Street Films, Troma Inc., Streamline Pictures
  • Cartoon Characters: Totoro, Satsuki, Mei, Tatsuo Kusakabe, Yasuko Kusakabe, Kanta, Kanta no obāsan, Kanta no okāsan, Kanta's Father, Teacher, Furoi on'na no hito, Kanta no otōsan, Kusakari-Otoko.
  • Originally Released in 1988.
  • Color
  • Running Time: 86 minutes.
  • Japan  Japan
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Totoro is the deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a house in the country while their mother is in hospital. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in an ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. These magical beings take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops, and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus. Beneath the film's playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom; My Neighbour Totoro is infused with an almost spiritual reverence for the power of nature (a philosophy tied to the ancient Shinto belief that every object in nature has a soul), and leaves viewers with a great sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world around us.

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I checked this one out for animation, to see something different. The animation is brilliant; bright, colorful, effective, never a letdown.
Storywise, it is still original. As movie critic Roger Ebert said about it, it is a story told around two little...  (read more)

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