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Hayao Miyazaki




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Status: Completed

Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki

Main cast: Toshiyuki Amagasa(voice), Paul Butcher(voice), Pat Carroll(voice)

Long synopsis : Eight-year-old Satsuki and her baby sister Mei are moving with their father, a University professor, to a house in the country so they can be nearer to their mother. Satsuki’s mother has been confined to a nearby hospital, recuperating from a serious illness. The family’s new house is a rickety farmhouse that hasn’t been used in some time. The girls throw themselves into the task of bringing the house back to life. Mei discovers little black balls of dust that seem to be alive and scurry away from the light. Playing in the yard one day, little Mei spots a tiny creature carrying a sack and gathering acorns. She follows it into the woods and through the underbrush until she is swallowed up into a hole in the side of a huge tree. At the bottom of the hole she meets Totoro, a huge furry creature the size of a small house, fast asleep. This is the story of Mei and Satsuki’s friendship with the magical Totoro and his friends, who can’t be seen by adults, but only by the children who love them. The girls fly with Totoro on a warm summer night, plant giant trees that grow in minutes and sit in high in its branches. The girls also call on Totoro and his friends when they are in trouble. The wholesome beauty of this film, its characters and its unforgettable music make this what Roger Ebert has called a film that is “one of the very few that come along that are magical for all ages.”


  • Toshiyuki Amagasa(voice), Paul Butcher(voice), Pat Carroll(voice), Cheryl Chase(voice), Dakota Fanning(voice), Elle Fanning(voice)


  • Producer(s): Toru Hara, Ned Lott
  • Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
  • Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
  • DP: Mark Henley
  • Editing: Takeshi Seyama
  • Original Music: Joe Hisaishi
  • Original Title: TOTORO
  • Genre(s): Animation, Family

  • Production company: STUDIO GHIBLI
  • Production date: 1988
  • Language: Japanese
  • Duration: 86 min
  • Image Ratio: 0.00