History Anime / MyNeighborTotoro

4th Feb '16 11:08:11 PM hello86
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* CompositeCharacter: This is inverted with Mei and Satsuki, who started out in early drafts as a single girl with both their physical characteristics.[[note]]Apparently, this early concept leaked into the promo material (see CoversAlwaysLie).[[/note]]

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* CompositeCharacter: This is inverted with DecompositeCharacter: Mei and Satsuki, who Satsuki started out in early drafts as a single girl with both their physical characteristics.[[note]]Apparently, this early concept leaked into the promo material (see CoversAlwaysLie).[[/note]]
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'''''My Neighbor Totoro''''' (Japanese: ''Tonari no Totoro'', 1988) is Creator/StudioGhibli's second feature film and the fourth animated feature directed by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki (the first being ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'').
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'''''My ''My Neighbor Totoro''''' Totoro'' (Japanese: ''Tonari no Totoro'', 1988) is Creator/StudioGhibli's second feature film and the fourth animated feature directed by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki (the first being ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'').
14th Nov '15 3:46:48 PM gemmabeta2
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* DoubleFeature: The film was originally screened as a double feature with the rather less uplifting ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies''. The studio mandated that''My Neighbor Totoro'' must be shown second as they found that too many people would simply walk out and not watch ''Grave of the Fireflies'' if ''Totoro'' was shown first.
20th Aug '15 4:07:32 PM StevieWillShowYou
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''My Neighbor Totoro'' (Japanese: ''Tonari no Totoro'', 1988) is Creator/StudioGhibli's second feature film and the fourth animated feature directed by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki (the first being ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''). A little cycle truck putters down a rural road in post-war Japan, carrying four-year-old Mei, her older sister Satsuki, and their father Professor Kusakabe to a new home in the country to be closer to the rural hospital where the girls' mother is recovering from an unspecified but potentially deadly disease. Along with the usual tribulations of moving -- a spooky old house, new neighbors, fitting in at a new school -- Mei encounters an odd little creature in the backyard. While pursuing it, she comes upon the den of a much larger forest spirit which she eventually calls "Totoro". At first, Mei is the only one who sees Totoro, but Satsuki soon meets him as well, and the girls have several fantastic encounters with Totoro, interwoven between subplots involving their family and (human) neighbors. But the girls' seemingly idyllic rural existence is soon shattered when a health crisis forces their mother to cancel a much-anticipated visit home. Heartbroken, the two girls take out their fear and anger on each other, and Mei eventually sets out for the hospital alone, determined to deliver an ear of corn she believes will make her mother well. The remainder of the film revolves around Satsuki's increasingly desperate search for Mei; when all other options are exhausted, Satsuki appeals directly to Totoro for help -- and he is more than delighted to be of assistance. ''Totoro'' is one of Miyazaki's best known films, and it's considered a classic even by western critics (Creator/RogerEbert called it "the best family film of all time", and Creator/JonathanRoss says it's one of his favourite films). Totoro himself became Ghibli's mascot. However, Miyazaki does not gloss over some of the more frightening aspects of childhood: the girls are terrified of their mother dying, a common goat seems monstrous from little Mei's perspective, and the whole village's fright and anxiety when Mei goes missing is almost palpable. Even Totoro -- with his huge grin, inscrutable expression, and manic eyes -- can be a little scary; Satsuki refers to meeting him as both the funniest and the scariest day of her life.
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''My '''''My Neighbor Totoro'' Totoro''''' (Japanese: ''Tonari no Totoro'', 1988) is Creator/StudioGhibli's second feature film and the fourth animated feature directed by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki (the first being ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''). A little cycle truck putters down a rural road in post-war Japan, carrying four-year-old Mei, her older sister Satsuki, and their father Professor Kusakabe to a new home in the country to be closer to the rural hospital where the girls' mother is recovering from an unspecified but (but potentially deadly deadly) disease. Along with the usual tribulations of moving -- a moving--a spooky old house, new neighbors, fitting in at a new school -- Mei school--Mei encounters an odd little creature in the backyard. While pursuing it, she comes upon the den of a much larger forest spirit which that she eventually calls "Totoro". At first, Mei is the only one who sees Totoro, but Satsuki soon meets him as well, and the girls have several fantastic encounters with Totoro, interwoven between subplots involving their family and (human) neighbors. But the girls' seemingly idyllic rural existence is soon shattered when a health crisis forces their mother to cancel a much-anticipated visit home. Heartbroken, the two girls take out their fear and anger on each other, and Mei eventually sets out for the hospital alone, determined to deliver an ear of corn she believes will make her mother well. The remainder of the film revolves around Satsuki's increasingly desperate search for Mei; when all other options are exhausted, Satsuki appeals directly to Totoro for help -- and help--and he is more than delighted to be of assistance. ''Totoro'' is one of Miyazaki's best known films, and it's considered a classic even by western critics (Creator/RogerEbert called it "the best family film of all time", and Creator/JonathanRoss says it's one of his favourite films). Totoro himself became Ghibli's mascot. However, the mascot for Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki does not gloss over some of the more frightening aspects of childhood: childhood, though: the girls are terrified of their mother dying, a common goat seems monstrous from little Mei's perspective, and the whole village's fright and anxiety when Mei goes missing is almost palpable. Even Totoro -- with Totoro--with his huge grin, inscrutable expression, and manic eyes -- can eyes--can be a little scary; Satsuki refers to meeting him as both the funniest and the scariest day of her life.

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!!This film provides examples of: !! ''My Neighbor Totoro'' contains the following tropes:

* AdultFear: Mei running away from home and getting lost in the climax is something any adult or older sibling can understand. Goes UpToEleven when the villagers find a little girl's sandal in the pond and fear that she's drowned. ** Triggered in the audience when Mei falls asleep on Totoro's stomach mere inches from his enormous maw, which is enough to make any parent cringe. * AdultsAreUseless: Mostly averted, though it's only through Satsuki's actions that Mei is found. * AllTrollsAreDifferent: Mei mistakes Totoro for a troll. In fact, "Totoro" is a mispronunciation of the Japanese word for troll, "Torōru".
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* AdultFear: Mei running away from home and getting lost in the climax is something any adult or older sibling can understand. Goes This goes UpToEleven when the villagers find a little girl's sandal in the pond and fear that she's Mei has drowned. ** Triggered in The film triggers this with the audience when Mei falls asleep on Totoro's stomach mere inches from his enormous maw, which is maw. That'd be enough to make any parent cringe. * AdultsAreUseless: Mostly This is mostly averted, though it's only through Satsuki's actions alone that Mei is found. found during the film's climax. * AllTrollsAreDifferent: Mei mistakes Totoro for a troll. In fact, troll; "Totoro" is even a mispronunciation of the Japanese word for troll, "Torōru".

* BigSisterInstinct: Satsuki: OH SO VERY MUCH. * BlushSticker: Mei has them. * BreakTheCutie: Mei. * BugBuzz: During the night, when Mei and Satsuke helped "awaken" the acorns.
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* BigSisterInstinct: Satsuki: OH SO VERY MUCH. Satsuki * BlushSticker: Mei has them. these. * BreakTheCutie: Mei. Mei * BugBuzz: During This happens during the night, night when Mei and Satsuke helped help "awaken" the acorns.

* ChasingAButterfly: Mei, the younger girl tends to do this. First she chases the soot gremlins all over the house; then she gets lost when she follows Chibi-Totoro into the woods. Although she enounters a monstrous creature (the titular Totoro), fortunately he is a GentleGiant, so the danger part is averted. * CheshireCatGrin: Totoro and the Catbus, though not maliciously intended.
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* ChasingAButterfly: Mei, the younger girl Mei tends to do this. First she chases the soot gremlins all over the house; then she gets lost when she follows Chibi-Totoro into the woods. Although she enounters a monstrous creature (the titular Totoro), fortunately he is a GentleGiant, so the danger part is averted. * CheshireCatGrin: Totoro and the Catbus, Catbus show these off, though not maliciously intended.theirs have no malice behind them.

* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Satsuki and Mei trying to make the soot sprites (or "soot gremlins" or even "dust bunnies," depending on which version one watches) in the attic appear. It's toned down from the Japanese language track, where they also say, [[{{Squick}} "Or we'll pluck your eyeballs out!"]] * CompositeCharacter: Inverted with Mei and Satsuki, who started out in early drafts as a single girl with both their physical characteristics.[[note]]Apparently, this early concept leaked into the promo material (see CoversAlwaysLie).[[/note]] * ConstructionIsAwesome: The Forest God and the kids magically grow a few seeds into a massive WorldTree. In the morning, the tree is gone, but the seeds have germinated abnormally fast.
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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Mei and Satsuki and Mei do this when trying to make the soot sprites (or "soot gremlins" or even "dust bunnies," depending on which version one watches) in the attic appear. It's toned down from the Japanese language track, where they also say, [[{{Squick}} "Or we'll pluck your eyeballs out!"]] * CompositeCharacter: Inverted This is inverted with Mei and Satsuki, who started out in early drafts as a single girl with both their physical characteristics.[[note]]Apparently, this early concept leaked into the promo material (see CoversAlwaysLie).[[/note]] * ConstructionIsAwesome: The Forest God Totoro and the kids magically grow a few seeds into a massive WorldTree. In the morning, the tree is gone, but the seeds have germinated abnormally fast.

* CuteButCacophonic: Totoro. Note to those watching the movie on their computers or portable DVD players -- please take your headphones off whenever it looks like he's going to roar. Your ears will thank you. * CuteKitten: The short-film sequel, ''Mei and the Kittenbus'', which plays exclusively at the Ghibli Museum.
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* CuteButCacophonic: Totoro. Note to those watching the movie on their computers or portable DVD players -- please players: Please take your headphones off whenever it looks like he's Totoro is going to roar. Your ears will thank you. * CuteKitten: The short-film sequel, sequel ''Mei and the Kittenbus'', which plays exclusively at the Ghibli Museum.Museum, has one of these.

* GoodParents: Professor Kusakabe is probably one of the nicest fathers in all of anime. And he's not just nice, he's ''effective'' as a parent - he never talks down to his daughters, even when they're talking about having seen Totoro, to the point that not even the audience can really tell whether he honestly believes them, or is just humoring them. And judging from the way Mei and Satsuki adore her, it's pretty clear their mother qualifies too.
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* GoodParents: Professor Kusakabe is probably one of the nicest fathers in all of anime. And he's not just nice, anime--and he's ''effective'' as a parent - he parent, to boot. He never talks down to his daughters, even when they're talking about having seen Totoro, to the point that Totoro; not even the audience can really tell whether he honestly believes them, them or is just simply humoring them. And judging from the way Mei and Satsuki adore her, it's pretty clear their mother qualifies qualifies, too.

* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Averted, though the disease that Mei and Satsuki's mother suffers from is treated as this trope, she's never seen coughing and doesn't actually die. Considering it was based on Miyazaki's own life, and his mother had tuberculosis, coughing would certainly have been justified. * InvisibleToAdults: Only children seem to be able to see the soot sprites and Totoros, though it's possible that this is simply because they don't want to be seen by adults. [[spoiler:At film's end, it's hinted the girls are [[GrowingUpSucks getting too old]] to see them.]] Unusual for this trope, the adults show no overt signs of disbelieving the children on this. Their father is the one who tells them of the soot spirits, and the village grandmother confirms she saw them when she was younger. [[spoiler: This sets up the epilogue.]] * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: A major theme of the movie. For example, the huge tree that grows when the girls and Totoro are together, but is gone the next morning, despite the much smaller plants that grew around it, still being there.
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* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Averted, though Averted. Though the disease that Mei and Satsuki's mother suffers from is treated as this trope, she's never seen coughing and doesn't actually die. Considering it was based on Miyazaki's own life, and his mother had tuberculosis, coughing would certainly have been justified. * InvisibleToAdults: Only children seem to be able to see the soot sprites and Totoros, though it's possible that this is simply because they don't want to be seen by adults. [[spoiler:At film's end, it's hinted the girls are [[GrowingUpSucks getting too old]] to see them.]] Unusual for In an unusual twist to this trope, the adults show no overt signs of disbelieving the children on this. Their when they talk about the spirits. The girls' father is the one who tells them of the soot spirits, and the village grandmother confirms she saw them when she was younger. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This sets up the epilogue.]] * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: A This is a major theme of the movie. For example, the An example: The huge tree that grows when the girls and Totoro are together, but together is gone the next morning, despite but the much smaller plants that grew around it, still being there.it remain.

* PokemonSpeak: Totoro is only ever heard growling, roaring and saying his own name.
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* PokemonSpeak: Totoro is only ever heard growling, roaring roaring, and saying his own name.

* {{Youkai}}: The Totoros are nature spirits centered around the great tree near the Kusakabes' home, which bears Shinto ropes. Also featured in the film are the '[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susuwatari Susuwatari]]'' (wandering soot), a fictitious Youkai created by Miyazaki; they also appear in Anime/SpiritedAway. * ZigZagPaperTassel: The Shinto ropes on Totoro's tree. ----
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* {{Youkai}}: The Totoros are nature spirits centered around the great tree near the Kusakabes' home, which bears Shinto ropes. Also featured in the The film are the '[[http://en.also features ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susuwatari Susuwatari]]'' (wandering soot), a fictitious Youkai created by Miyazaki; they also Miyazaki. (The Susuwatari would later appear in Anime/SpiritedAway. ''Anime/SpiritedAway''.) * ZigZagPaperTassel: The Shinto ropes on Totoro's tree. tree count. ----
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* BigSisterInstinct: Satsuki: OH SO VERY MUCH.
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[[caption-width-right:330:''Look at all my many friends. Ready, set, let's go!'']]
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[[caption-width-right:330:''Look [-[[caption-width-right:330:''Look at all my many friends. Ready, set, let's go!'']] go!'']]-]
11th Jun '15 7:16:40 PM Tropesofknowledge
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* {{Determinator}}: Satsuki literally runs for kilometers in her search for Mei.
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* {{Determinator}}: Satsuki literally runs for several kilometers in her search for Mei.Mei.

* InvisibleToAdults: Only children seem to be able to see the soot sprites and Totoros, though it's possible that this is simply because they don't want to be seen by adults. [[spoiler:At film's end, it's hinted the girls are [[GrowingUpSucks getting too old]] to see them.]] ** Unusual for this trope, the adults show no overt signs of disbelieving the children on this. Their father is the one who tells them of the soot spirits, and the village grandmother confirms she saw them when she was younger. [[spoiler: This sets up the epilogue.]]
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* InvisibleToAdults: Only children seem to be able to see the soot sprites and Totoros, though it's possible that this is simply because they don't want to be seen by adults. [[spoiler:At film's end, it's hinted the girls are [[GrowingUpSucks getting too old]] to see them.]] ** ]] Unusual for this trope, the adults show no overt signs of disbelieving the children on this. Their father is the one who tells them of the soot spirits, and the village grandmother confirms she saw them when she was younger. [[spoiler: This sets up the epilogue.]]

* OldSchoolChivalry: Kanta, letting his umbrella to the two girls.
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* OldSchoolChivalry: Kanta, letting lending his umbrella to the two girls.Mei and Satsuki when it's pouring outside.

** Also the three Totoros themselves, named for their sizes. The littlest one is called "Chibi Totoro" ("chibi" meaning "little"), the blue middle-sized one is "Chū Totoro" ("chū" meaning "middle"), and the biggest one is "Ō Totoro" ("ō" meaning "large").The big guy's name is sometimes rendered as "Ou Totoro", resulting in the alternate English translation "King Totoro".
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** Also the The three Totoros themselves, named for their sizes. The littlest one is called "Chibi Totoro" ("chibi" meaning "little"), the blue middle-sized one is "Chū Totoro" ("chū" meaning "middle"), and the biggest one is "Ō Totoro" ("ō" meaning "large").The big guy's name is sometimes rendered as "Ou Totoro", resulting in the alternate English translation "King Totoro".
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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Satsuki and Mei trying to make the soot sprites (or "soot gremlins" or even "dust bunnies," depending on which version one watches) in the attic appear. It's toned down from the Japanese language track, where they also say, [[Squick "Or we'll pluck your eyeballs out!"]]
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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Satsuki and Mei trying to make the soot sprites (or "soot gremlins" or even "dust bunnies," depending on which version one watches) in the attic appear. It's toned down from the Japanese language track, where they also say, [[Squick [[{{Squick}} "Or we'll pluck your eyeballs out!"]]
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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Satsuki and Mei trying to make the soot sprites (or "soot gremlins" or even "dust bunnies," depending on which version one watches) in the attic appear. It's toned down from the Japanese language track, where they also say, "Or we'll pluck your eyeballs out!"
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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Satsuki and Mei trying to make the soot sprites (or "soot gremlins" or even "dust bunnies," depending on which version one watches) in the attic appear. It's toned down from the Japanese language track, where they also say, [[Squick "Or we'll pluck your eyeballs out!"out!"]]
22nd Apr '15 7:11:59 PM DarkStarling
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* InvisibleToAdults: Only children seem to be able to see the soot sprites and Totoros. [[spoiler:At film's end, it's hinted the girls are [[GrowingUpSucks getting too old]] to see them.]]
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* InvisibleToAdults: Only children seem to be able to see the soot sprites and Totoros.Totoros, though it's possible that this is simply because they don't want to be seen by adults. [[spoiler:At film's end, it's hinted the girls are [[GrowingUpSucks getting too old]] to see them.]]
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