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* BabyNameTrendStarter: Mei has become a top ten baby name in Japan thanks it being the name of one of the girls in the movie. In 2014, [[https://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2014/12/02/haruto-mei-top-list-of-most-popular-names-in-japan/ it was the most popular girl name]].

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* BabyNameTrendStarter: Mei has become a top ten baby name in Japan thanks to it being the name of one of the girls in the movie. In 2014, [[https://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2014/12/02/haruto-mei-top-list-of-most-popular-names-in-japan/ it was the most popular girl name]].

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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: When Disney acquired ''Totoro'', they had to wait for the rights of the Streamline dub to expire before releasing it in 2006.


* PosthumousCredit: Lisa Michelson is given a credit in the Streamline dub since she finished all of her dialogue two years before her fatal car crash.

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* PosthumousCredit: Lisa Michelson is given a credit in the Streamline dub since she finished all of her dialogue two years before her fatal car crash.crash on September 14, 1991.


** In the original post-proto-''Mononoke'' drafts, Mei and Satsuki were one person, who had visual traits of both, but Miyazaki later realized that a four-year-old wouldn't realistically be independent enough for the plot to work. This single character is featured in the original [[http://www.animationmagazine.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/poster_totoro.jpg US Blu-ray cover]] due to a miscommunication.

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** In the original post-proto-''Mononoke'' drafts, Mei and Satsuki were one person, who had visual traits of both, but Miyazaki later realized that a four-year-old wouldn't realistically be independent enough for the plot to work. This single character is featured in the original [[http://www.animationmagazine.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/poster_totoro.jpg US Blu-ray cover]] release poster]] due to a miscommunication.


* VindicatedByCable: ''My Neighbor Totoro'' initially wasn't very successful in theaters in Japan and had the worst opening box office amongst Ghibli's output, the film wouldn't start to become as successful as it is now until it started airing on TV via Creator/NipponTelevision a year later.

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* VindicatedByCable: ''My Neighbor Totoro'' initially wasn't very successful in theaters in Japan and had the worst opening box office amongst Ghibli's output, the output. The film wouldn't start to become as successful as it is now until it started airing on TV via Creator/NipponTelevision a year later.

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* VindicatedByCable: ''My Neighbor Totoro'' initially wasn't very successful in theaters in Japan and had the worst opening box office amongst Ghibli's output, the film wouldn't start to become as successful as it is now until it started airing on TV via Creator/NipponTelevision a year later.


* ReferencedBy: Often will characters in ''Anime/{{Gintama}}'' talk about how the movie ''My Neighbor Pedro'' made them cry. It's about a girl whose younger sister was kidnapped and the literally DirtyCop [[PunnyName Pedro]] has to help her look. Many were surprised to find out that Miyazaki actually likes ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' and enjoys its parodies of his films.

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* SleeperHit: The film wasnít very successful in its initial release and even took two years to become profitable. Itís technically only ever made $45 million at the box office as of the end of 2019. However once it hit home release and started producing merchandise, it took on a new life. Between the initial release, various home releases, and merchandise, itís made about $1.5 billion in 2019 dollars in lifetime revenue.


** In the original post-proto-''Mononoke'' drafts, Mei and Satsuki were one person, who had visual traits of both, but Miyazaki later realized that a four-year-old wouldn't realistically be independent enough for the plot to work. This single character is featured in the original [[http://www.animationmagazine.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/poster_totoro.jpg US DVD cover]] due to a miscommunication.

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** In the original post-proto-''Mononoke'' drafts, Mei and Satsuki were one person, who had visual traits of both, but Miyazaki later realized that a four-year-old wouldn't realistically be independent enough for the plot to work. This single character is featured in the original [[http://www.animationmagazine.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/poster_totoro.jpg US DVD Blu-ray cover]] due to a miscommunication.

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* PosthumousCredit: Lisa Michelson is given a credit in the Streamline dub since she finished all of her dialogue two years before her fatal car crash.


* HeAlsoDid[=/=]PlayingAgainstType: The initial US release was handled by Creator/{{Troma}}, of ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' fame.

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* HeAlsoDid[=/=]PlayingAgainstType: The initial US release was handled by Creator/{{Troma}}, 50th Street Films, a general-interest division of ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' fame.Creator/{{Troma}}. (Yes, [[Film/TheToxicAvenger that]] Troma).

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: This film based on Miyazaki and his three brothersí childhood in post-war Japan. First of all, their father was an academic like Mr. Kusakabe. Second of all, their mother was chronically ill like Mrs. Kusakabe for a lot of their childhood with spinal tuberculosis and spent a lot of time at a rural sanitarium like the one sheís in. They also moved from the city to be closer to her like in the film. Mrs. Miyazaki was eventually able to be cured and got to come home like Mrs. Kusakabe does at the end of the film. He decided to keep it to two siblings rather than four to save time and felt like having them be brothers would have hit too close to home.

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* BabyNameTrendStarter: Mei has become a top ten baby name in Japan thanks it being the name of one of the girls in the movie. In 2014, [[https://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2014/12/02/haruto-mei-top-list-of-most-popular-names-in-japan/ it was the most popular girl name]].


** In the original post-proto-''Mononoke'' drafts, Mei and Satsuki were one person, who had visual traits of both, but Miyazaki later realized that a four-year-old wouldn't realistically be independent enough for the plot to work. This single character is featured in the original poster art.

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** In the original post-proto-''Mononoke'' drafts, Mei and Satsuki were one person, who had visual traits of both, but Miyazaki later realized that a four-year-old wouldn't realistically be independent enough for the plot to work. This single character is featured in the original poster art.[[http://www.animationmagazine.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/poster_totoro.jpg US DVD cover]] due to a miscommunication.

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