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My Neighbor Totoro 1988

This movie like so many others from Studio Ghibli shows that Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks Animation are not the only companies that can make top notch animation. My Neighbor Totoro is a wonderful story made by Studio Ghibli and the master Hayao Miyazaki. Some may know him from his other works like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, but this one should not be forgotten. Does Totoro and the buscat (i have no better word for it) with the many legs actually exist or were their part of the girls fantasy? I guess we'll never know....

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Great Miyazaki film with a lovely fairy tale storyline. If only the kids voices weren't so screamish. This made my overal enjoyment of the movie drop :(

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I'm 27 and I just saw this anime for the first time. In fact, it's the first anime I ever saw and I only watched it because a friend kept telling me how great it was. It had been sitting on my shelf for over two years and last night I figured: what the hell, let's try it.

This movie blew me away. It so perfectly captures the innocence and the exploratory nature of childhood. It enables you to view an ordinary day through the viewpoint of two ordinary young girls. It shows how boring we adults are, and how much fantasy, discovery, emotions and playfulness we have lost since we were kids. There's no macho behaviour, no bad guys, no evil to beat, just two kids growing up in a normal life, but extraordinarily presented.

A perfect coming-of-age movie and one of the most impressive movies I've ever seen. Already one of my all-time favourites. If the rest of Hayao Miyazaki's films are anything close to this, he will have a new lifelong fan.

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Everybody, try laughing. Then whatever scares you will go away!

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I don't get why this movie is so popular. Mei was very annoying. Totoro was great for the part he was in, but he wasn't in the movie that much. There isn't much plot to the movie and I couldn't believe it just ended when it did. You meet the characters moving into a new house, then the dad leaves and Mei gets lost and is found pretty quickly and that's it. I watched Spirited Away right before this so maybe that made it an unfair comparison but that was a much better movie by far.

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Can't believe i've skipped this movie for like 8 years considering Spirited Away was my first Ghibli movie..
It's definitely something I would show to my kids later! The music went perfectly with the scenes and that made me really move..
(I never felt like crying over soundtracks but Path of Wind really had this nostalgic / gentle / unexplainable vibe).

Good go Hayao Miyazaki and Joe Hiashi! You guys are an amazing team.

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Great movie ❤ .. I love it

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Best of Anime, period.

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What a lovely film!

I guess all of us can relate with this story, no matter the age. Children's minds are full of imagination and like their minds this film is very colourful, magical and charming. The animation is absolutely wonderful it doesn't even look like it was made in 1988.

Totoro a magical creature, becomes the friend of the two girls in the story. They were going through a difficult phase, their mother was on the hospital and they moved with their father to the countryside to be closer to the hospital where the mother is. The discovery of a magical place and magical friends turned everything easier for the little girls.

My Neighbor Totoro definitely puts a smile on your face. I just wanna hug Totoro right now!! haha

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Such beautiful animation and heart warming story. I wish I had seen this earlier. Now I'm on the hunt for a big Totoro for my very own.

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Quite possibly the best animated movie of all time.

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Love totoro :D

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♥♥♥♥♥

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Thanks for the suggestion, I've added it to my watchlist! Having just discovered anime, it's difficult to pick out the best ones.. But as you suggest; first I'll enjoy the Miyazaki movies and will then try out Grave of the Fireflies. I prepare to be amazed :)

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You're in for a treat! There's real art in how these stories are told so they appeal to grown-ups as well as kids. If you're through with Miyazaki's works, also check out Grave Of The Fireflies (http://trakt.tv/movie/grave-of-the-fireflies-1988); but beware, this is probably one of the saddest movies ever!

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