Love this film, my children love this film. Visually stunning, strong female characters, Miyazaki at his best, gently paced, Totoro is awesome!
Perhaps my expectations were a little too high compared to other Ghibli films but I was slightly disappointed by this movie. The story wsa interesting (but not fascinating), the characters were cute (but not compelling) and overall the flick was good (but not great). The animation and the imagination shown along the way makes it worth your time though. 3 stars.
Probably the most gorgeous Anime I've ever seen! The story is sweet and offbeat and will delight the young and the young-at-heart. A lot of Anime has sinister undertones that can be a little unsettling for younger children, but this one is pure delight.
A beautiful movie with a gentle storyline that really captures children's imagination - my son was fascinated by the cat bus!
This is my favorite Miyazaki's film. I would rate it as one of the best children's films ever.
This is just a cute movie and amazing movie studio ghibli can do no wrong. this is a cute and smart movie i really need to check more of SG movies because they do amazing characters and there is animation is up there with disney. just an awesome movie and great voive overs as well one to check out.
One of Myazaki ealy anime. All his brilliance is here, great, story, artwork dubbing and two adorable little girls. A must for children (and adults) overwhelmed with Disney.
My kids really loved this movie! They wouldn't let me return it. Hope they didn't wear it out too much :)
Another delightful outing from Studio Ghibli which isn't over ambitious compared to some of their later projects which miss the mark. Very strange at times.
Boring. Very slow at the beginning,
gets good at the end.
not great. Was expecting much more.
What a pleasant surprise! Although great for children, I rated this as an adult. A fun tale, beatifully drawn - the sort of movie that sucks you in because it is so easy to watch.
One of the best Myazaki's movies IMO and I think it does convey a few messages ( so it's more than just a pretty tale ) - with spirits of the forest and a simple life shown in a way that many kids would not have a clue about these days.
My three young sons (10, 8 and 6) are fairly sophisticated cinema goers. They are probably allowed an above average degree of freedom in what they watch. So they have seen all the recent block busters, including movies that some may consider too edgy, such as Lord of the Rings and the new Batman series. So it is testament to the excellence of My Neighbour Totoro that this simple animation impressed them more than most. It is quite simply one of the best children’s movies you will ever see. It contains no violence, no villains and no real conflict. Yet it is spellbinding. It tells the story of two young girls who move with their father to a house in the country. They encounter some strange, but completely benign, creatures in the nearby forest. These creatures come to their aid when the younger sister gets lots on route to visiting her mother in hospital. As far as plot goes, that’s pretty much it. The characters are drawn in the well-known style of Japanese anime and so are not at all realistic in appearance, but very realistic in their actions. The backgrounds and settings are very detailed and beautiful. Look at the clouds and sunsets that are rendered in a watercolour style. The scenes in the rain are particularly effective. This film is from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and the equally legendary Ghibli Studios. They have brought us other gems like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle.
A very sweet movie, not too heavy handed. This movie is beautifully animated and well told.
Boring! Go watch Porco Rosso or Spirited Away instead. They are far superior Miyazaki films imo.
Beautifully observed childrens movie suitable for all ages but more specifically for younger children.This director knows how to capture the magic of childhood and the spirit of nature. Wonderfull
This is a must see for those anime fans that loved 'Spirited away', 'Princess Mononoke', 'Howls Moving Castle', etc. More aimed at a younger audience but the magic is still very much there.
I loved this movie and its child-like charm!
A totally too cute movie. Just take it for what it is and you'll really have fun with this film. A great one for youngsters and adults who are kids at heart - if only we could all have had a giant totoro as our neighbour growing up!!