My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro
US Home Media: May 07, 1993
Japan Theatrical: Apr 16, 1988

Animation Studio: Studio Ghibli

Popularity: 185th All Time, 231st This Week

Franchise: My Neighbor Totoro
Characters on BTVA: 8
Has two English dubs:
Streamline Pictures (1988)
Disney (2005)
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said at 8:40 PM on Sat Dec 31 2016
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A richly animated, heartwarming treasure of a movie if there ever was one. It does a very credible job of portraying a realistic relationship between two sisters. Although the tone is mostly lighthearted, the last twenty minutes are very melancholy and can be upsetting. Still, knowing there's a happy ending in store makes even that part of the film worth sitting through.

Totoro and the Cat Bus are also two of Miyazaki's most adorable and goofy characters ever made: neither speak a single word, but both are very iconic and all the more memorable for it. Oddly, both are only in the film for a short period of time, but that doesn't make their appearances any less memorable.

There's a lot of hot contesting over which dub is the better of the two, but honestly, with the exception of the opening/ending theme (which I think was better in the FOX/Streamline dub), Disney's dub is generally fine. Dakota and Elle Fanning both do solid jobs as Satsuki and Mei, with the latter especially upstaging her sister at every opportunity (fitting because she has the juiciest role in the show). The other roles are similarly well cast and acted.

Having said that, yes, I did enjoy the Streamline/Fox dub and I do applaud Carl Macek and company for the work they put into it, but is it better than the Disney dub? No, only different. While I can strongly attest that "Laputa" and "Porco Rosso" are both far superior in their Disney counterparts as opposed to their dreadful Streamline/JAL predecessors, I'm honestly torn over which one I like better in this one. Both dubs are well produced, written, and acted. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. I say both versions tie. Although, you can't go wrong either way with this movie.
said at 2:47 AM on Thu Dec 29 2016
Not one of my favourite films by Ghibli, I got pretty agitated too after awhile since I was watching the dub(again) and the girls voices oh gees... I know what they are going for but I rarely like listening to child actors, the best voice was their Dad and he doesn't show up enough

I'm gonna say that Streamline is better on this actually...
said at 8:30 PM on Sat Dec 31 2016
@HienFan The Streamline dub was good for its time, however, I disagree about the Disney dub being bad. The only negative I had was the opening and ending songs, but otherwise I found both dubs to be well cast and acted. I can't decide which I like better. Both are great dubs, IMO. Then again I'm just not one of those people who watches Anime in Japanese, least of all Ghibli. These movies, IMO, are so beautiful that there really isn't anything wrong with watching them dubbed, at least to me. If others feel differently, all the more power to them, but I can't connect with these movies in Japanese at all, sorry to say.
said at 4:10 AM on Sun Jan 1 2017
@JTurner I don't usually want to reply about things like these as I do not like to argue about dubs but I know how much you love Disney but I tried but I'm already very apprehensive about Disney's more recent voice work ever since this whole celebrity craze since the 90s and it never got better(and before you ask yes I can say that for Ghibli's later films too but that is another story) and this is no exception
said at 10:37 AM on Sun Jan 1 2017
@HienFan I'm not always in favor of Disney, to tell yuo the truth; I haven't gone near many of their recent CG-animated films and I don't like a lot of the decisions they've made over the years. But hey, if you don't like their voice work, you don't like them. To each their own.
said at 8:08 AM on Tue Jan 10 2017
@JTurner I was thinking more of their work for the Ghibli films but oh boy their later princess films, they are decent but had a lot of wasted ideas, padded back by songs or certain messages overshadowing things that could be fleshed out better(plus the later princesses are so formulaaiic)
said at 2:04 AM on Thu Nov 8 2012
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Is the Disney version of this film really good? I've only seen the original English version.
said at 12:35 PM on Sun Jan 20 2013
@dreamer The Streamline version is the most praised version
but Disney's dub is really good because of the acting
said at 11:11 PM on Sat Jan 26 2013
@MatthewC17 I haven't seen either one, but I've heard more good things about Disney's version. It doesn't help that the Streamline dub has become rare to find and almost completely phased out.
said at 8:27 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 The Streamline dub is quite easy to find on VHS at amazon.
said at 7:50 PM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@dreamer Disney's dub of TOTORO is fine if you're not TOO attached to the original Streamline dub. The only area it doesn't quite win in is the opening and ending songs, which are sung a little too "gung-ho" in nature, but otherwise the Disney version ties IMO. Dakota DOES underact a little bit as Satsuki, but Elle is consistently good as Mei, and both parents and Kanta tie.
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