My Neighbor Totoro (30th Anniversary) (1988)


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Description: One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus — a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat. But beneath the film’s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, at its core My Neighbor Totoro is about human-kind’s relationship to the Earth. The film 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). Everything that surrounds us, from light-dappled tree groves, to the marvelous clouds, echoes the density and lusciousness of life. Protected by the Totoros, we know no harm will come to our two heroines in the forest’s sunlit glades and mysterious shadows. The girls may be awed by the power and majesty around them but they understand instinctively that nature has no malice. The viewer is left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world all around us.

Genre: Drama

Studio: GKids

Rating: Movie Rating


Release Dates:

Country Release Type Date
Italy Theatrical Wide Release 9/18/2009
Japan Theatrical Wide Release 4/16/1988
United States Theatrical Limited Release 6/25/2017
United States Theatrical Limited Release 6/26/2017
United States Theatrical Limited Release 9/30/2018
United States Theatrical Limited Release 10/1/2018
United States Theatrical Limited Release 10/3/2018
United States Theatrical Limited Release 8/25/2019
United States Theatrical Limited Release 8/26/2019
United States Theatrical Limited Release 8/28/2019
United States DVD/Blu-ray Release 12/3/2002
United States DVD/Blu-ray Release 3/7/2006
United States DVD/Blu-ray Release 3/2/2010
United States DVD/Blu-ray Release 11/13/2012
United States DVD/Blu-ray Release 5/21/2013
United States DVD/Blu-ray Release 10/17/2017
United States DVD/Blu-ray Release 12/11/2018


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