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11,881 Ratings

My Neighbor Totoro

Tonari no Totoro

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


When two young girls move to the country to be closer to the hospital where their mother is recuperating, they soon discover the woods around their house are filled with strange and wonderful spirits.

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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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