My Neighbor Totoro (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 18.42 x 14.61 x 1.27 cm; 90.72 Grams
- Item Model Number : 0826663181449
- Media Format : Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Dubbed, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Release date : 17 October 2017
- Dubbed: : French, Japanese
- Subtitles: : French, English
- Studio : GKIDS presents a Studio Ghibli film
- ASIN : B074128LDH
- Number of discs : 2
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From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a classic tale of magic and adventure for the whole family.
When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece featuring the voices of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, in one of their earliest roles.
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The story--like all good Sci-Fi & Fantasy--originates & is (somewhat) grounded in reality. The Kusakabes: elementary-school aged daughter Sasakai, pre-school aged (can't wait to grow up) daughter Mei & university professor (Anthropology?) Dad; are moving to an empty cottage in the forested, agricultural hinterland of some city. They seem to have relocated so as to be closer to Mom, who's nearby in hospital. I'm thinking T.B.--but, as story's told from kids' perspective--viewers never know what's up with that.
One afternoon--while academician Dad's marking papers, or working @ home, on his next book--Mei connects with 2 sprightly, big-eared, um, creatures. Turns out, creatures are part of a group--headed by the huge, bear-like Totoro--who live in a nearby, ancient Camphor-Tree. Totoro sleeps a lot, plays the ocarina--or some basic woodwind instrument--@ night & occasionally provokes gale-force winds. "Mr. T" & his much smaller fellow spirits, seem to be addicted to acorns & use these to forge a bond with the girls.
The overall story-arc is kind of mild--yet edgy in places--& as convoluted as any contemporary adult-film. It bespeaks a misty-eyed society, of indeterminate era (post-WWII? ), where motor-tricycles are used for hauling cargo , personal computers are unknown, even telephones aren't ubiquitous & many folks commute by train & bus. That includes the titular Totoro--who patronizes a VERY unique, decidedly other-worldly, transit system--the cat-bus...Yeah, seriously... I give these animators 1-3/4 thumbs up. for originality. ;-)
The animators jump the viewer into the eerie World of the Nature-Spirits, in several easy steps & (interestingly!) Dad is there, to legitimize Mei's "first contact"-- with Totoro & his little friends--by not judging, or disparaging #2 Daughter's experience. Far from it; Dad aids his kids in dealing with Totoro, by relating old Japanese legends & talking his daughters through a short "Spirit-befriending" ceremony. The kids' involvement with the spirits deepens from there.
In the end, Totoro gets to be the nominal hero--resolving a family crisis, provoked by the precocious, yet insecure Mei. The overall message of this flic--actually very much a kid's film--is that the World: be it the Natural World, Academia or Human social World, isn't as scary as kids might think & kids viewing this film will be left feeling it can be fun--"out there".
I have viewed this film many times in its original Japanese audio but the English dubbed voices is for lack of a better word, Outstanding!
Miyazaki at his best story-telling, and subsequent kudos to Studio Ghibli for giving us these brilliant transfers
My Neighbor Totoro [Blu-ray + DVD] (Sous-titres français)