My Neighbor Totoro

Picture of "My Neighbor Totoro "movie
Picture of “My Neighbor Totoro “movie
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“My Neighbor Totoro”/ Tonari no Totoro (Japanese: となりのトトロ) is an animated film released by Studio Ghibli and Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd. in 1988, directed by Miyazaki Hayao. The film depicts the beautiful nature that existed before Japan’s high economic development. The incredible world and rich imagination that only children can see are popular among the public because they arouse the nostalgia of the audience. “My Neighbor Totoro” was released in Japan on April 16, 1988. About 800,000 people entered the cinema, and the film “Grave of the Fireflies” directed by Takahata Isao was also released. The work is also the first work of the Miyazaki Hayao film in China. “Home of Satsuki and Mei” appearing in the work was also exhibited at the Seto City Hall of the 2005 Japan International Exposition.

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 Medium Grey Totoro Stuffed Doll
Medium Grey Totoro Stuffed Doll
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Kusakabe Satsuki (10 years old, elder sister)
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Kusakabe Mei (4 years old, younger sister)
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Kusakabe Tatsuo (37 years old, Father)
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Kusakabe Yasuko ( 31 years old, mother)
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My Neighbor Totoro” story background set in 1958 (Showa 33), this film is a charming and slow-paced depiction of Japanese rural life. University professor Kusakabe Tatsuo and his two daughters, Kusakabe Satsuki (10 years old, elder sister) and Kusakabe Mei (4 years old, younger sister) moved into an old house near a forest, and the professor’s wife, Kusakabe Yasuko, was infected with tuberculosis. In the hospital to raise the disease. This script setting is actually a reference to Miyazaki Hayao’s childhood. Miyazaki Hayao’s mother has been suffering from tuberculosis since 1947. She has been lying in a hospital bed for nine years. She spent the first few years in the hospital and is responsible for taking care of all her household chores.

Satsuki and Mei, who moved to their new home, found all kinds of wonderful things in and around their homes, such as “Susuwatari” (ススワタリ), which is like a small black ball. On the other day, Mei found out that he could change his appearance to “Chibitoto” (チビトト), and in order to catch up with it, he was led to the tree to find the guardian “Totoro” (トトロ); and on a rainy night, When Satsuki and Mei waited for Dad at the bus stop, they all met Totoro, which was blocked by leaves, and Mei saw it in the tree hole. Soon after “Nekobasu” (ネコバス) came, Totoro gave Satsuki a packet of seeds. Boarded Nekobasu and left.

Since the mother was sick in the hospital, her father Kusakabe Tatsuo also had school work to deal with, so Kusakabe Satsuki and Kusakabe Mei can often play in the forest, and Mei found an incredible world and rich imagination that only children can see, the forest patron Totoro. The most classic piece of the film is the two sisters who are waiting for the father to go home at the forest bus stop, but the father failed to catch the bus that was usually taken because of the train delay, causing the two sisters to rain in the forest rain. Just as the two sisters were helpless, Totoro also went to the bus stop to wait for the bus, which led to the two sisters and Totoro taking the umbrella together in the rain, waiting for the classic picture of Nekobasu.

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Small totoro of “My Neighbor Totoro  “
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Studio Ghibli My Neighbor Totoro Nosechara Balance Game Toy
Studio Ghibli My Neighbor Totoro Nosechara Balance Game Toy
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Satsuki and Mei learned from the hospital that their mother’s condition had deteriorated. Mei wanted to bring a mature corn to her mother, but she accidentally lost her way and walked out of the village. Everyone couldn’t find it and even thought that Mei was missing. Since his father had gone to the hospital to go to the hospital and was not at home, Satsuki had no choice but to go to the forest to find the magic of Totoro for help. Totoro summoned the dragon Nekobasu. With the magical help of Nekobasu, the two sisters looked out of the hospital. Their mother, and learned that their mother’s condition has improved, she will be discharged soon.

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NekoBasu Cat Bus Stuffed Doll
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Picture of Totoro waiting for the cat bus
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Nekobasu (Japanese: ネコバス) is a means of transportation for Totoro. There is a bus stop sign on the head, and the destination is determined by Nekobasu. Nekobasu has 12 feet and the body will change into a door as the passenger gets on the bus, allowing the passenger to ride in the soft cat’s hair seat. Nekobasu can run at high speed in the air, causing a strange wind when passing.

Nekobasu used to take passengers in the form of a bridge, and later became interested in the human bus, and began to imitate the appearance and behavior of the bus.
The scene in the film is the scene of Kandagawa, the scene of Kandagawa around the hour, the scene of Seiseki-sakuragaoka near Tama City, where the Japanese animation company is located, and the scenes of Tokorozawa. In the play, the depiction of nature and rural vegetation; the male deer and male who worked at Studio Ghibli at the time, and the finished product depicted by the male deer and the male were amazed by Miyazaki Hayao, who was instructing the “Grave of the Fireflies” Takahata Isao. After watching the screening of “My Neighbor Totoro“, I also deeply recognized the skills of male deer and male depicting natural scenery.
“My Neighbor Totoro” was released in Japan on April 16, 1988, attracting approximately 800,000 people to watch, while Studio Ghibli‘s distribution revenue was 590,000,000 yen.

The original “My Neighbor Totoro” at the time of the box office results was not particularly eye-catching, but was echoed by the audience after the replay of the TV station afterwards; and because the manufacturer made Totoro into a puppet on the market, it brought big profits to Studio Ghibli. Drives the strategy of Studio Ghibli to sell movie characters to commercialization. Totoro later became the emblem and mascot for Studio Ghibli, and appeared in the beginning of each Ghibli film.
Miyazaki Hayao’s long-time working partner and senior Takahata Isao mentioned in the essay “Sparks of Love” (“My Neighbor Totoro“) is a kind of grace that Miyazaki Hayao brings to the public. When I saw the forest, I was willing to believe that the Totoro really was hidden inside, which is a rare experience in the world.”

“My Neighbor Totoro” is highly rated in Japan’s overseas market; Roger Albert, a well-known film critic of the Chicago Sun newspaper, listed “My Neighbor Totoro” as one of the list of great movies and called it “personal favorite” One of the hand-drawn animations of Miyazaki Hayao.” The British director Terry Gillian named “My Neighbor Totoro” as the first of the best 50 animated films in history. Stephen Holden of The New York Times described “My Neighbor Totoro” as “looking gorgeous” and believed that the animation “very fascinating” was “very fascinating.” The Independent believes that the Totoro is one of the greatest cartoon characters in history and describes it as “pure and awesome. Totoro is more attractive to children than any other creature created by Miyazaki Hayao.” Miyazaki Hayao believes that the film was influenced by El Espiritu de la Colmena (1973).

“My Neighbor Totoro” is a subtle depiction of the fascinating and slow-paced life of Japanese villages. The scene in the film is the view of Kandagawa around Miyazaki Hayao, the scene of the Japanese animation company at the point of Takumi, Tama City. And the scenes of the attractions in the city of Tokorozawa. The forest in the Sayama Mountains of Saitama Prefecture is called “Totoro Forest” because it is used as a natural scene in the “My Neighbor Totoro“.

“My Neighbor Totoro” is highly rated in Japan’s overseas market; Roger Albert, a well-known film critic of the Chicago Sun newspaper, listed “My Neighbor Totoro” as one of the list of great movies and called it “personal favorite” One of the hand-drawn animations of Miyazaki Hayao.” The British director Terry Gillian named “My Neighbor Totoro” as the first of the best 50 animated films in history. Stephen Holden of The New York Times described “My Neighbor Totoro” as “looking gorgeous” and believed that the animation “very fascinating” was “very fascinating.” The Independent believes that the Totoro is one of the greatest cartoon characters in history and describes it as “pure and awesome. Totoro is more attractive to children than any other creature created by Miyazaki Hayao.”

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