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8.6
/10
12,671 Ratings

My Neighbor Totoro

Tonari no Totoro

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Japan, 1988
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Synopsis

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

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My Neighbor Totoro Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
[Miyazaki’s] attention to the quotidian has the effect of making the fantastic, when it appears, all the more fantastic, though a great deal of the movie’s charm comes from the element of the quotidian that it includes in the fantastic. A catbus is a marvelous piece of imagination to be sure, but every bit as marvelous is the idea of a forest spirit who actually has to wait for the bus.
December 05, 2014
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Its unassuming demeanor belies a thematic foundation built on a faith in humanity rare in contemporary cinema, the naïveté of the youths it depicts yielding a certain perseverance in young and old alike. Chances are, if it wasn’t so modest, it wouldn’t project such an endearing grace, let alone have fostered such an enduring legacy.
May 31, 2013
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Watching the film again not only cements its reputation as Miyazaki’s most ebullient and emotionally incisive achievement to date, but as perhaps one of greatest animated feature films ever made.
May 23, 2013
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