This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. Like most films released by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, this family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme. The English-language version of this film wasn't dubbed until many years later, explaining the presence of actors such as Dakota Fanning in the cast (who wasn't even born until 1994).~Jonathan E. Laxamana
Dakota FanningSatsuki [Disney dub]
Elle FanningMei [Disney dub]
Tim DalyDad [Disney dub]
Lea SalongaMom [Disney dub]
Pat CarrollGranny [Disney dub]
Cheryl ChaseMei [Fox dub]
Greg SnegoffDad [Fox dub]
Alexandra KenworthyMom [Fox dub]
Natalie CoreNanny [Fox dub]
Tanie KitabayashiKanta's Grandmother
Hayao MiyazakiScreen Story
Joe HisaishiComposer (Music Score)
Yasuyoshi TokumaExecutive Producer
Joe HisaishiExecutive Music Producer
Fantasy,Childrens and Family,Anime
Family-Oriented Adventure,Anime,Children's Fantasy
Absolutely love the movie. The disc is great shape. The movie was brand new and not even open.
This review is from My Neighbor Totoro [WS] [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
GKIDS Honors Studio Ghibli
Many of you may be wondering the same thing I was when these releases hit stores. Are these Blu-rays an upgrade over the Disney releases? They are, in my opinion. However, are they worth purchasing again? Probably not. But, for hardcore fans, maybe. Here's why.
First, picture quality. GKIDS has completed new 4K scans for these Blu-rays. In my opinion, it shows. The image is a bit cleaner. The details and colors do differ in some respects from the Disney releases. In comparing some scenes from Nausicaa, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke, I prefer the GKIDS releases. Is it a huge difference? No. But it is there. The reds are more intense and look red, not orange. And in Nausicaaa, the colors differ in scenes from the Disney Blu-rays. Actual color grading differences. Plus, the GIDS releases have more shadow details.
The packaging and presentation on these releases tops Disney's with ease. The slipcovers are beautiful, with many of the releases using the same artwork as previous releases, with some exceptions, like Princess Mononoke. I also prefer the Nausicaa art here over Disney's. Each release is in a quality keepcase (not eco case) with art inside the back cover, so that when you open the case, you see a beautiful image from the film. The discs have art on them as well. I prefer the design on the GKIDS discs over Disney's, although, the Disney DVDs sometimes had very nice art as well. Lastly, the GKIDS releases also come with a small booklet that has some art and words from the creators behind the films.
The menus on the GKIDS releases fall short of the Disney releases. They are not animated. There is no music. But, they are clean and simple. It would have been nice to have at least had music playing in the background like the Disney releases. Some releases include new extras. Many, if not all, extras from the Disney releases are ported over, but some may not be HD, as is the case on Nausicaa. As you can see from the descriptions, the Disney dubs are ported over to these releases as well. Plus, you get Japanese audio tracks, although, I have not confirmed if these are the original Japanese audio tracks, as I know that was a problem on some previous releases.
Overall, I prefer the GKIDS Blu-rays, but if you have the Disney releases, you probably should save your money. However, if you're like me and you love the films and want the best presentation possible (video and packaging) and you find them on good sale, like they were on release at Best Buy, then it may be worth it to you.
I have many Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki movies. I love all of them...except maybe this one.
Don't get me wrong, this movie is still a wonderfully made movie with a really good story to it, but unlike some of the other Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki movies, this one is mainly just for kids.
Other Ghibli/Miyazaki productions such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind do "star" children/young adults, but these movies have more adult-type themes to them that older audiences can enjoy as well.
This specific movie, My Neighbor Totoro, really deals with the story of how two very young girls are dealing with their mother not being at home with them because she is stuck in a hospital for an extended time for some unknown reason.
It's a decent story, but outside of huge anime fans, if you're over the age of 14 or if you aren't experiencing having a parent having to spend an extended stay in a hospital, there's not that much to keep your attention.
Keep in mind that this is just my opinion, but I'm being completely honest when I say that unlike all the other Ghibli/Miyazaki movies I have, this one is not going to be getting a repeated viewing unless I've got a certain young girl on the couch next to me demanding to watch this one again.
I Absolutely Love this movie for its beautiful story and artwork and the fun Adventures Satsuke and Mei have with Totoro and their dad and the cat bus, and I really loved the voice actors and actresses, Satsuke and Mei and their dad move into an old country house and wait for their mother to get well, and Satsuke and Mei explore the house and the forest and encounter friendly and playful spirits like soot sprites and Totoro and a cat bus