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My Neighbor Totoro [DVD Boxset] [WS; Special Edition]

  • G
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO was released in Japan as a double feature with GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, by director Isao Takahata, with whom Miyazaki founded Studio Ghibli. The idea was to attract schoolchildren to come see FIREFLIES for its historical content. The character Mei in TOTORO is four years old, about the same age director Hayao Miyazaki was when his mother was hospitalized. The movie is set in Tokorozawa City in Saitama Prefecture (Miyazaki's home), before urbanization transformed the farming community. When he started thinking about the film, Miyazaki stated that he wanted to avoid the "kids against adults" plots that often dominated anime films. Totoro is an entirely made-up creature, though people from many different cultures claim to recognize Totoro in their own folklore. Reknowned Japanese director Akira Kurosawa included TOTORO in a list of 100 films he considered the best. It was one of the few Japanese films on the list. In 1990, Studio Ghibli began to allow merchandisers to create stuffed toys and other products using Totoro. The success of Totoro goods is comparable to the popularity of Disney's merchandise.
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[When the film] is dispensing enchantment, it can be very charming....Visually very handsome..."
    New York Times

    "...MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO has become one of the most beloved of all family films....This is one of the lovingly hand-crafted works of Hayao Miyazaki, often called the greatest of the Japanese animators..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[A] gentle, haunting fantasy rooted, as the best fantasy films are, in a strict psychological realism."
    New York Times

    "[I]t beguiles from beginning to end....What sticks with the viewer is the every-kid credibility of the girls' actions as they work, play and settle into their new surroundings."
    Sight and Sound

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