My Neighbor Totoro

1988 G 1h 26m DVD

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My Neighbor Totoro

1988 G 1h 26m DVD
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Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki provides a stunningly realistic portrayal of life in the country. When their mother is hospitalized, two young sisters spend a summer in the Japanese countryside with their father. The strange new environment turns out to be a natural wonderland filled with exotic real-life creatures and a trio of furry woodland sprites who can only be seen by children.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Japanese: Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
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  • Paul Butcher
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Reviews

age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie is a fine pick for the entire family. Although there are slightly creepy "dust sprites" that appear in the house at first, they eventually disappear. Totoro himself might look and sound a bit odd, but he's quite sweet and gentle. The protagonist girls have an ill mother with an unnamed disease, but the moments in the hospital aren't sad or depressing. Some parents may not feel comfortable with the amount of freedom the girls (as is the case with children in all of Hayao Miyazaki's films) have to wander off alone, either around their neighborhood, the surrounding forest, or on a long walk to visit their mother. Overall, this is a family film in the truest sense -- it appeals to moviegoers young and old alike.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.

Violence

The main characters' mother is sick in the hospital. Their new house has tiny little "soot sprites" that crawl around and creep out the girls at first. At first sight, Totoro might initially intimidate younger viewers, but he's quickly revealed to be a gentle, good friend.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Encourages kids to be kind to their neighbors and loving toward their parents. Friendship is a strong theme, as is the powerful bonds of family.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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