My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ - Tonari no Totoro) is a 1988 Japanese animated movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli.

Troma Films produced a 1993 dub of the film co-produced by Jerry Beck. It was released on VHS and DVD by Fox Home Video. Troma and Fox's rights to this version expired in 2004.

An ani-manga version of My Neighbor Totoro was published in English by Viz Communications starting on November 10, 2004.

The film will be re-released by Disney on March 7, 2006. It features a new dub cast. The DVD release will be the first version of the film in the United States to include both Japanese and English language tracks, as Fox did not have the rights to the Japanese audio track for their version.

Characters

  • Satsuki Kusakabe - An 11-year-old girl.
  • Mei Kusakabe - Satsuki's younger sister, pre-school age (4 years old).
  • Professor Kusakabe - The girls' father.
  • Totoro - 3 Totoro appear in the film:
    • King Totoro (Ō Totoro) - The grey, friendly forest spirit who is the largest of the three (at least 3 meters tall); when someone says "totoro", they are usually referring to him. Mei has a habit of mispronouncing things. She tried to say "tororu", the Japanese word for troll. Ō in that case means "large" but the English dub calls that Totoro "King Totoro".
    • Medium Totoro (Chū Totoro) - The blue, medium-size (about 60 centimeters tall) one. Looks very similar to King Totoro.
    • Small Totoro (Chibi Totoro) - The white, smallest (about 20 centimeters tall) one, with the power of invisibility.
  • Kanta - A preteen boy of their village, ambivalent towards Satsuki.
  • "Nanny" - Kanta's grandmother, who sometimes takes care of the girls.
  • Catbus or Nekobasu - a cat that has become a bus.

Plot

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The movie is a slow-moving yet fascinating portrayal of Japanese rural life. It is set during a summer of the 1950s. A university professor from the city and his two daughters move into an old house near a forest, while his wife recovers from tuberculosis in a nearby convalescence home. His daughters discover "soot sprites", which their father rationalizes as makkurokurosuke — an optical illusion seen when moving from light to dark places (glossed as dust bunnies in the 1993 English dub; in the Disney version they are called "Soot Gremlins".).

Mei discovers a small Totoro, which leads her to find a large forest spirit living in a hollow under a Camphor Laurel by a small jinja. Mei names it Totoro. Her father tells her that this is the "King of the Forest". Not everyone can see the spirits of the forest, only the pure of heart. Mei is enchanted with them and determined to find the King of the Forest. One rainy night, while the girls are waiting for their father's bus which is running late, they encounter the giant Totoro who is looking rather forlorn with only a leaf for protection against the rain. When Satsuki gives him her umbrella, he's delighted at both the shelter and the sounds it makes as water hits it. This begins a series of encounters as the spirits allow the children to partake in their nightly activities.

Later, Mei and Satsuki are disappointed to learn that their mother's planned homecoming visit that upcoming weekend has been postponed because mother's condition has worsened. Satsuki understands why the visit was cancelled, but Mei does not, and a frustrated Satsuki yells at Mei and the girls end up not speaking to each other for several hours. Then, Mei gets lost while trying to bring an ear of healthy corn to her mother at the hospital, and a frantic Satsuki runs everywhere searching for her. Satsuki and the villagers get a major scare when a girl's sandal is found in a pond and they begin to fear that Mei has drowned, but Satsuki confirms that the sandal is not Mei's. Satsuki finally seeks Totoro's help. He is delighted to be of assistance, and with his help Mei is quickly found.

The movie features the Catbus, a grinning feline bus summoned by Totoro which rescues Mei and whisks her and Satsuki over the countryside to see their mother in hospital. When the cat bus finally leaves them it fades into the evening shadows, in the manner of Lewis Carroll's Cheshire cat. In the movie's final scene, Professor and Mrs. Kusakabe discover Mei's ear of corn on the windowsill of Mrs. Kusakabe's hospital room, carved with the inscription "To Mommy," as the girls and the Totoros watch from a nearby tree, happy that mother seems to be feeling better.

Trivia

  • The name Totoro is Mei's mispronunciation of "tororu", Japanese for troll, which she saw in a story book (Three Billy Goats Gruff) and decided was the same kind of creature.
  • The main Totoro has become a mascot for Studio Ghibli, gracing the studio's logo at the start of their films.
DVD case cover for My Neighbor Totoro from the original 20th Century Fox release. The Walt Disney Company has planned a re-release with a new voice cast. The DVD Cover for Disney's recent dub of My Neighbor Totoro.
  • My Neighbor Totoro was released as a double feature with Grave of the Fireflies. There are two theories for this: one was that Totoro would not be successful. Another theory is that "Grave of the Fireflies" (directed by Miyazaki's longtime colleague Isao Takahata) was believed to be too depressing for audiences as a stand-alone product, and thus needed a lighter animation to accompany it. Incidentally, the late Yoshifumi Kondo provided character designs for both films.
  • The Cat Bus originates from the Japanese belief that if a cat grows old enough it gains magical shape-changing powers and is called a bake neko. The Cat Bus is a bake neko that saw a bus and decided to become one. Bake neko are mentioned in several Ghibli films.
  • Satsuki and Mei's mother's implied suffering from spinal tuberculosis (also known as Pott's disease) is somewhat autobiographical, as Hayao Miyazaki's mother suffered from the same illness.
  • Ken Jennings, the winner of the most games in the history of the TV game show Jeopardy!, carries a small plush "Totoro" figure in his pocket for good luck.
  • Satsuki and Mei were both born in the month of May. Satsuki is the old Japanese name for the month of May, and Mei's name comes from the English name.
  • In the Japanese version, their father's position in his university is not explicitly given by Satsuki as in the English dub.
  • The character of Totoro made a cameo appearance in one episode of the Gainax TV series Kareshi Kanojo no Jijo (His and Her Circumstances), which was likely director Hideaki Anno's way of paying tribute to Miyazaki (Anno worked as a key animator on Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in 1984 and considers Miyazaki a mentor). In fact, Gainax reportedly invited the animator who did the original key animation for Totoro to work on that scene, although they never revealed the animator's name.
  • During the closing credits, Miyazaki purposely inserted art of Satsuki and Mei playing with other human children and not with the Totoros. In fact, he asserted that the girls would never see the Totoros again (chiefly because he believed that if the girls retreated into the world of the Totoros, they would never return to their own world), but that the Totoros would always be around and watching over them. Pavilion reproduction of Satsuki & Mei’s House in Japan.
  • In limited stores (in North America and Japan), collectable "My Neighbor Totoro" toys are on sale.
  • In the word "makkurokurosuke" (used when calling the 'Soot spirits' in the Fox dub), makkurokuro would mean "pitch black black" and "suke" is a common element in boys names. In the Disney dub, they are referred to as "Soot Gremlins".
  • It is believed Hayoa Miyazaki made the film because he was tired of good-and-evil conflicts, and decided it was time just to have fun.
  • In 1993, Fox released the first english version of "My Neighbor Totoro", produced by John Daly and Derek Gibson (the producers of The Terminator) with co-producer Jerry Beck. Fox and Troma's rights to the film expired in 2004.
  • The Disney version is slated for DVD release on March 7, 2006, but it appeared in the 2005 Hollywood Film Festival and on television prior to this. The world premiere for the Disney version was on October 23, 2005 after the premiere of Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. The Turner Classic Movies cable television network held the television premiere of Disney's new English dub on January 19, 2006, as part of the network's January salute to Hayao Miyazaki. (TCM aired the dub as well as the original Japanese with English subtitles.)
  • The 2005 World Expo in Japan featured a "Totoro" house which was a recreation of the house in which Satsuki and Mei lived in the movie.

Credits

Direction, Original Story & Screenplay
Music
Production
Executive Producer
Producer

Cast

The movie stars the following actors (listed in (Disney) English version/(Streamline) English version/Japanese version format):

  • Dakota Fanning/the late Lisa Michelson/Noriko Hidaka: Satsuki Kusakabe
  • Elle Fanning/Cheryl Chase/Chika Sakamoto: Mei Kusakabe
  • Timothy Daly/Steve Kramer/Shigesato Itoi: Professor Kusakabe
  • Lea Salonga/Alexandra Kenworthy/Sumi Shimamoto: Mrs. Kusakabe
  • Pat Carroll/Natalie Core/Tanie Kitabayashi: Nanny
  • Frank Welker/Hitoshi Takagi/Hitoshi Takagi: Totoro

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The 2005 World Expo in Japan featured a "Totoro" house which was a recreation of the house in which Satsuki and Mei lived in the movie. A conventional aspect (square) image on a widescreen aspect (rectangular) display can be shown:. (TCM aired the dub as well as the original Japanese with English subtitles.). Displaying a widescreen aspect (rectangular) image on a conventional aspect (square) display can be shown:. The Turner Classic Movies cable television network held the television premiere of Disney's new English dub on January 19, 2006, as part of the network's January salute to Hayao Miyazaki. The television industry changing aspect ratios is not without teething difficulties, and can present a considerable problem. The world premiere for the Disney version was on October 23, 2005 after the premiere of Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. This was a result of widescreen computer display engineers' uninformed assumption that people viewing 16:9 content on their computer would prefer that an area of the screen be reserved for playback controls or subtitles, as opposed to viewing content full-screen.

The Disney version is slated for DVD release on March 7, 2006, but it appeared in the 2005 Hollywood Film Festival and on television prior to this. Furthermore, computer and laptop widescreen displays are in the 16:10 aspect ratio both physically in size and in pixel counts, and not in 16:9 of consumer televisions, leading to further complexity. Fox and Troma's rights to the film expired in 2004. There are some complaints about distortions of movie picture ratio due to some DVD playback software not taking account of aspect ratios; but this will subside as the DVD playback software matures. In 1993, Fox released the first english version of "My Neighbor Totoro", produced by John Daly and Derek Gibson (the producers of The Terminator) with co-producer Jerry Beck. Recently "widescreen" has spread from television to computing where both desktop and laptop computers are commonly equipped with widescreen displays, and it remains to be seen whether Work or movie enjoyment will take over. It is believed Hayoa Miyazaki made the film because he was tired of good-and-evil conflicts, and decided it was time just to have fun. The anamorphic widescreen 16:9 format was first introduced via European PAL-Plus television broadcasts and then later on "widescreen" DVDs; the ATSC HDTV system uses straight widescreen format, no image squashing or expanding is used.

In the Disney dub, they are referred to as "Soot Gremlins". The image is squashed horizontally when recorded, then expanded again when played back. In the word "makkurokurosuke" (used when calling the 'Soot spirits' in the Fox dub), makkurokuro would mean "pitch black black" and "suke" is a common element in boys names. This format is very similar to the technique used to fit a widescreen movie frame inside a 1.33:1 35mm film frame. In limited stores (in North America and Japan), collectable "My Neighbor Totoro" toys are on sale. There are two methods for transporting widescreen content, the better of which uses what is called anamorphic widescreen format. In fact, he asserted that the girls would never see the Totoros again (chiefly because he believed that if the girls retreated into the world of the Totoros, they would never return to their own world), but that the Totoros would always be around and watching over them. Pavilion reproduction of Satsuki & Mei’s House in Japan. . This enables TV to get closer to the aspect ratio of modern widescreen movies, which range from 1.78:1 through 1.85:1 to 2.35:1.

During the closing credits, Miyazaki purposely inserted art of Satsuki and Mei playing with other human children and not with the Totoros. The switch to digital television systems has been used as an opportunity to change the standard television picture format from the old ratio of 4:3 (approximately 1.33:1) to an aspect ratio of 16:9 (approximately 1.78:1). In fact, Gainax reportedly invited the animator who did the original key animation for Totoro to work on that scene, although they never revealed the animator's name. Some people argued that widescreen is actually a disadvantage when showing objects that are tall instead of panoramic, others would say that natural vision is more panoramic than tall, and therefore widescreen is easier on the eye. The character of Totoro made a cameo appearance in one episode of the Gainax TV series Kareshi Kanojo no Jijo (His and Her Circumstances), which was likely director Hideaki Anno's way of paying tribute to Miyazaki (Anno worked as a key animator on Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in 1984 and considers Miyazaki a mentor). Although this was initially just a gimmick, widescreen is still the format of choice today and square aspect ratio movies are rare. In the Japanese version, their father's position in his university is not explicitly given by Satsuki as in the English dub. In the 1950s, movie studios moved towards widescreen aspect ratios such as Cinerama in an effort to distance their product from television.

Satsuki is the old Japanese name for the month of May, and Mei's name comes from the English name. (Today's CRT technology allows the manufacture of much wider tubes, and the flat screen technologies which are becoming steadily more popular have no aspect ratio limitations at all.) The BBC's television service used a more squarish 5:4 ratio from 1936 to circa 1949, when it too switched to a 4:3 ratio. Satsuki and Mei were both born in the month of May. This ratio was also square enough to be conveniently viewed on round cathode-ray tubes (CRTs), which were all that could be produced given the manufacturing technology of the time. Ken Jennings, the winner of the most games in the history of the TV game show Jeopardy!, carries a small plush "Totoro" figure in his pocket for good luck. Most of the early electronic TV systems from the mid-1930s onward shared the same aspect ratio of 4:3 which was chosen to match the Academy Ratio used in cinema films at the time. Satsuki and Mei's mother's implied suffering from spinal tuberculosis (also known as Pott's disease) is somewhat autobiographical, as Hayao Miyazaki's mother suffered from the same illness. Mechanically scanned television as first demonstrated by John Logie Baird in 1926 used a 7:3 vertical aspect ratio, oriented for the head and shoulders of a single person in close-up.

Bake neko are mentioned in several Ghibli films. The number of ways to connect a video device to a television has increased over the years:. The Cat Bus is a bake neko that saw a bus and decided to become one. They will get better with time. The Cat Bus originates from the Japanese belief that if a cat grows old enough it gains magical shape-changing powers and is called a bake neko. The playback of the recording is not brilliant, but these are the first generation. Incidentally, the late Yoshifumi Kondo provided character designs for both films. With SD cards now available with 1G of memory (soon 2GB, and Panasonic is also working on one that contains over 30GB of memory), a user can record over 1,000 minutes at low quality, and around 80 minutes on the highest quality.

Another theory is that "Grave of the Fireflies" (directed by Miyazaki's longtime colleague Isao Takahata) was believed to be too depressing for audiences as a stand-alone product, and thus needed a lighter animation to accompany it. On the new Panasonic LCDs and Plasmas (Viera), users have the capability to record onto SD card and then play it back on a hand-held PC or digital camera (anything that allows MPEG4). My Neighbor Totoro was released as a double feature with Grave of the Fireflies. There are two theories for this: one was that Totoro would not be successful. Today, some LCD and Plasma sets have SD Card slots, so users can view pictures from a digital camera. The main Totoro has become a mascot for Studio Ghibli, gracing the studio's logo at the start of their films. Some TVs integrate a pair of ports to connect computer cases and peripherals to it or to connect the set to an A/V home network (HAVI) (USB port for cord connection and Bluetooth/WiFi for wireless). The name Totoro is Mei's mispronunciation of "tororu", Japanese for troll, which she saw in a story book (Three Billy Goats Gruff) and decided was the same kind of creature. They are multifunctional, because they are used like computer monitors too (VGA and DVI or HDMI connections).

Catbus or Nekobasu - a cat that has become a bus. Flat panel LCDs and plasma displays are as little as 4in (10cm) thick and can be hung on a wall like a picture or put over a pedestal. "Nanny" - Kanta's grandmother, who sometimes takes care of the girls. Modern advances have brought flat panels to TV that use active matrix LCD or plasma display technology. Kanta - A preteen boy of their village, ambivalent towards Satsuki. Three types of projection systems are used in projection TVs: CRT-based, LCD-based, and DLP(reflective micromirror chip)-based. Small Totoro (Chibi Totoro) - The white, smallest (about 20 centimeters tall) one, with the power of invisibility. The most common are direct view CRTs for up to 40in (100cm) (in 4:3) and 46in (115cm) (in 16:9) diagonally; most big screen TVs (up to over 100 inch (254 cm)) use projection technology.

Looks very similar to King Totoro. There are many kinds of video monitors used in modern TV sets. Medium Totoro (Chū Totoro) - The blue, medium-size (about 60 centimeters tall) one. Starting in the 1990s, modern television sets diverged into three different trends:. Ō in that case means "large" but the English dub calls that Totoro "King Totoro". Cable television, being a pay service and operating with closed coaxial cables, does not use the public airwaves and is therefore protected under freedom of speech using the same rationale as protected Larry Flynt, allowing cable-only broadcasters to carry programming which would be considered indecent over public airwaves. She tried to say "tororu", the Japanese word for troll. Later, the master antenna would be shared by members of a community, with cable companies being established to administer the maintenance of the system.

Mei has a habit of mispronouncing things. Specialized antennas were often set up for individual channels, and their signals combined and distributed through the building. King Totoro (Ō Totoro) - The grey, friendly forest spirit who is the largest of the three (at least 3 meters tall); when someone says "totoro", they are usually referring to him. The master antenna was often located on the roof to avoid problems with signal reflections causing the ghosting common in large buildings and urban areas. Totoro - 3 Totoro appear in the film:

    . Cable services were introduced in the late 1950s as MATV systems, where a "master" antenna was shared among residents of an apartment building. Professor Kusakabe - The girls' father. In strong signal areas the antenna can be indoors, attached to or near the receiver, such as an adjustable dipole antenna called "rabbit ears" for the VHF band and a small loop antenna for the UHF band.

    Mei Kusakabe - Satsuki's younger sister, pre-school age (4 years old). This can be an outdoor Yagi antenna. Satsuki Kusakabe - An 11-year-old girl. Over-the-air broadcast television requires an antenna (aerial). Television in its original form involves sending images and sound over radio waves in the VHF and UHF bands, which are received by a television set. Meanwhile in North America the original NTSC 525-line standard from 1941 was retained.

    Eventually the whole of Europe switched to the 625-line PAL standard, once more following Germany's example. France initially adopted the German 441-line standard but later upgraded to 819 lines, which gave the highest picture definition of any analogue TV system, approximately four times the resolution of the British 405-line system. For many years different countries used different technical standards. In Britain, there were 15,000 television households in 1947, 1.4 million in 1952, and 15.1 million by 1968.

    households had a television set in 1946, 55.7% had one in 1954, and 90% by 1962. While only 0.5% of U.S. Television usage in the United States skyrocketed after World War II with the lifting of the manufacturing freeze, war-related technological advances, the gradual expansion of the television networks westward, the drop in set prices caused by mass production, increased leisure time, and additional disposable income. before the War Production Board halted manufacture in April 1942, which resumed in October 1945.

    About 7,000-8,000 electronic sets were made in the U.S. An estimated 19,000 electronic television sets were manufactured in Britain, and about 1,600 in Germany, before World War II. The cheapest model with a 12-inch (30 cm) screen was $445 ($6,256). The cheapest of the pre-War World II factory-made American sets, a 1938 image-only model with a 3-inch (8 cm) screen, cost US$125, the equivalent of US$1,732 in 2005.

    The first commercially made electronic television sets with cathode ray tubes were manufactured by Telefunken in Germany in 1934, followed by other makers in Britain (1936) and America (1938). The Televisor sold in 1930-1933 is considered the first mass-produced set, selling about a thousand units, and is a highly sought-after collectible which most people wouldn't even recognize as being a television set. The Baird "Televisor" was also available without the radio. in 1928 were radios with the addition of a television device consisting of a neon tube behind a mechanically spinning disk (the Nipkow disk) with a spiral of apertures that produced a red postage-stamp size image, enlarged to twice that size by a magnifying glass.

    and the U.S. The earliest commercially made sets sold by Baird in the U.K. In television's electromechanical era, commercially made television sets were sold from 1928 to 1934 in the United Kingdom, United States, and Russia. There are many means of distributing television broadcasts, including both analogue and digital versions of:.

    These figures are now estimated to be significantly higher. An estimated two-thirds of Americans got most of their news about the world from TV, and nearly half got all of their news from TV. On average, Americans watch four hours of television per day. had at least one TV set.

    By the late 1980s, 98% of all homes in the U.S. Television has grown up all over the world, enabling every country to share aspects of their culture and society with others. Practically every country in the world now has developed at least one television channel. Development of cable and satellite means of distribution in the 1970s pushed businessmen to target channels towards a certain audience, and enabled the rise of subscription-based television channels, such as HBO and Sky.

    By contrast, the United Kingdom chose a different route, imposing a television licence fee on owners of television reception equipment, to fund the BBC, which had public service as part of its Royal Charter. In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission allowed stations to broadcast advertisements, but insisted on public service programming commitments as a requirement for a license. Because bandwidth was limited, government regulation was normal. At first, terrestrial broadcasting was the only way television could be distributed.

    Programming is broadcast on television stations (sometimes called channels). Reportedly, the first continuous live broadcast of a breaking news story in the world was conducted by the CBC during the Springhill Mining Disaster which began on October 23 of that year. In 1958, the CBC completed the longest television network in the world, from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia. The first live transcontinental television broadcast took place in San Francisco, California from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference on September 4, 1951.

    The first regular television transmissions in Canada began in 1952 when the CBC put two stations on the air, one in Montreal, Quebec on September 6, and another in Toronto, Ontario two days later. Regular broadcasting began on December 31, 1938. The first experimental transmissions of electronic television took place in Moscow on March 9, 1937, using equipment manufactured and installed by RCA. The Soviet Union began offering 30-line electromechanical test broadcasts in Moscow on October 31, 1931, and a commercially manufactured television set in 1932.

    The outbreak of the Second World War caused the BBC service to be suspended on September 1, 1939, resuming from Alexandra Palace on June 7, 1946. The corporation decided that Marconi-EMI's electronic picture gave the superior picture, and the Baird system was dropped in February 1937. On November 2, 1936 the BBC began broadcasting a dual-system service, alternating on a weekly basis between Marconi-EMI's 405-line standard and Baird's improved 240-line standard, from Alexandra Palace in London, making the BBC Television Service (now BBC One) the world's first regular high-definition television service. On August 22, 1932, BBC launched its own regular service using Baird's 30-line electromechanical system, continuing until September 11, 1935.

    Baird provided a limited amount of programming five days a week by 1930. The first British television broadcast was made by Baird Television's electromechanical system over the BBC radio transmitter in September 1929. The Germans had a 441-line system on the air in February 1937, and during World War II brought it to France, where they broadcast off the Eiffel Tower. The Berlin Summer Olympic Games were televised, using both direct television and intermediate film cameras, to 28 public television rooms in Berlin and Hamburg in August 1936.

    Live transmissions began on January 15, 1936. Network electronic service started on March 22, 1935, on 180 lines using only telecine transmission of film or an intermediate film system. Electromechanical broadcasts began in Germany in 1929, but were without sound until 1934. With the adoption of NTSC television engineering standards in 1941, the FCC saw television ready for commercial licensing, with the first such licenses issued to NBC and CBS owned stations in New York on July 1, 1941, followed by Philco's station in Philadelphia.

    By April 1939, regularly scheduled 441-line electronic television broadcasts were available in New York City and Los Angeles, and by November on General Electric's station in Schenectady. RCA demonstrated in New York City a 343-line electronic television broadcast, with live and film segments, to its licensees on July 7, 1936, and made its first public demonstration to the press on November 6. On June 15, 1936, Don Lee Broadcasting began a month-long demonstration of all-electronic television in Los Angeles on W6XAO (later KTSL) with a 300-line image from motion picture film. Just as importantly, Philo Farnsworth's 1934 demonstration of an all-electronic system pointed the direction of television's future.

    were granted only experimental and not commercial licenses, hampering television's economic development. The Federal Communications Commission saw television in the continual flux of development with no consistent technical standards, hence all such stations in the U.S. By 1935, electromechanical television broadcasting had ceased in the United States except for a handful of stations run by public universities that continued to 1939. The service ended in February 1933.

    The first broadcast included Mayor Jimmy Walker, the Boswell Sisters, Kate Smith, and George Gershwin. CBS's New York City station W2XAB began broadcasting the first regular seven days a week television schedule in the United States on July 21, 1931, with a 60-line electromechanical system. General Electric's experimental station in Schenectady, New York, on the air sporadically since January 13, 1928, was able to broadcast reflected-light, 48-line images via shortwave as far as Los Angeles, and by September was making four television broadcasts weekly. But for at least the first eighteen months, only silhouette images from motion picture film were broadcast due to the narrow 10kHz bandwidth allotted by the FRC.

    Jenkins to broadcast from experimental station W3XK in a suburb of Washington, D.C. The Federal Radio Commission authorized C.F. The first regularly scheduled television service in the United States began on July 2, 1928. Canadian stations began their own color broadcasts in 1966.

    Color television became available in Canada soon after regular color broadcasting began in the neighbouring United States. In Japan, NHK introduced color television in 1960. The first British show to be made in color was the drama series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956-57), which was initially made in black and white but later shot in color for sale to the NBC network in the United States. It should be noted that some British television programmes, particularly those made by or for ITC Entertainment, were made in color before the introduction of color television to the UK, for the purpose of sales to US networks.

    Both systems broadcast on UHF frequencies, the VHF being used for legacy black and white, 405 lines in UK or 819 lines in France, till the beginning of the eighties. In addition to France and Luxembourg, SECAM was adopted by Soviet Union, much of Eastern Europe, much of Africa and of the Middle East. PAL was eventually adopted by West Germany, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, much of Africa, Asia and South America, and most Western European countries except France. Germans did their first broadcast in September (PAL), while the French in October (SECAM).

    The first regular color broadcasts in Europe were by BBC2 beginning on July 1, 1967, using PAL. The French continued with SECAM, notably involving Russians in the development. An important advantage of PAL was the automatic color correction which partially relied on the imperfections of the human eye. Unsatisfied with the performance of NTSC and of initial SECAM implementations, the Germans unveiled PAL (phase alternating line) in 1963, staying closer to NTSC but borrowing some ideas from SECAM.

    As a consequence, although work on various color encoding systems started already in the 1950s, with the first SECAM patent being registered in 1956, many years had passed till the first broadcasts actually started in 1967. There was also less urgency, since there were fewer commercial motivations, European television broadcasters being predominantly state-owned at the time. color standard, which was widely perceived as wanting anyway, because of its tint control problems. Having decided to adopt a higher-definition 625-line system for monochrome transmissions, with a lower frame rate but with a higher overall bandwidth, Europeans could not directly adopt the U.S.

    European color television was developed somewhat later and was hindered by a continuing division on technical standards. and the audio in the 40 metre band. The video signal was transmitted at a frequency of 115 MHz. #1, in Mexico City.

    In August 31, 1946 he sent his first color transmission from his lab in the offices of The Mexican League of Radio Experiments in Lucerna St. The 1942 patent was for a mechanically scanned color filter adapter for an existing monochrome electronic transmission system. Patent 1942 (2296019), 1960 and 1962. He received patents for color television systems in 1940 (U.S.

    In Mexico, Guillermo González Camarena (1917–1965), invented an early color television transmission system. had a color set. did not exceed black and white sales until 1972, which was also the first year that more than fifty percent of television households in the U.S. (It is also worth noting that, while at least one show, CBS' The Lucy Show, did not broadcast its episodes in color until the start of the 1965-66 broadcast season, that show's producers began filming in color in 1963, with the thought that they would command more money when sold into syndication.) But the number of color television sets sold in the U.S.

    All three broadcast networks were airing full color prime time schedules by the 1966–67 broadcast season. NBC provided the catalyst for rapid color expansion by announcing that its prime time schedule for fall 1965 would be almost entirely in color (the exception being I Dream of Jeannie). had a color set. Thus the relatively small amount of network color programming, combined with the high cost of color television sets, meant that as late as 1964 only 3.1 percent of television households in the U.S.

    The Du Mont network, although it did have a television-manufacturing parent company, was in financial decline by 1954 and was dissolved two years later. CBS and ABC, which were not affiliated with set manufacturers, and were not eager to promote their competitor's product, dragged their feet into color, with ABC delaying its first color series (The Flintstones and The Jetsons) until 1962. NBC was naturally at the forefront of color programming because its parent company RCA manufactured the most successful line of color sets in the 1950s. NBC's anthology series Ford Theatre became the first color filmed series that October.

    Television's first prime time network color series was The Marriage, a situation comedy broadcast live by NBC in the summer of 1954. A few days later Admiral brought out the first commercially made color television set using the RCA standards, followed in March by RCA's own model. NBC made the first coast-to-coast color broadcast when it covered the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 1954, with public demonstrations given across the United States on prototype color receivers. The first publicly announced experimental TV broadcast of a program using the NTSC-RCA "compatible color" system was an episode of NBC's Kukla, Fran and Ollie on August 30, 1953.

    When CBS testified before Congress in March 1953 that it had no further plans for its own color system, the path was open for the NTSC to submit its petition for FCC approval in July 1953, which was granted in December. television industry, represented by the National Television System Committee, worked in 1950-1953 to develop a color system that was compatible with existing black and white sets and would pass FCC quality standards, with RCA developing the hardware elements. Starting before CBS color even got on the air, the U.S. Only 200 sets had been shipped, and only 100 sold, when CBS pulled the plug on its color television system on October 20, 1951, and bought back all the CBS color sets it could to prevent law suits by disappointed customers.

    But it was too little, too late. In desperation, CBS bought a television manufacturer, and on September 20, 1951, production began on the first and only CBS color television model. While the CBS color broadcasting schedule gradually expanded to twelve hours per week (but never into prime time), and the color network expanded to eleven affiliates as far west as Chicago, its commercial success was doomed by the lack of color receivers necessary to watch the programs, the refusal of television manufacturers to create adaptor mechanisms for their existing black and white sets, and the unwillingness of advertisers to sponsor broadcasts seen by almost no one. Regular color broadcasts began that same week with the daytime series The World Is Yours and Modern Homemakers.

    Viewership was again extremely limited: the program could not be seen on black and white sets, and Variety estimated that only thirty prototype color receivers were available in the New York area. An unsuccessful lawsuit by RCA delayed the world's first network color broadcast until June 25, 1951, when a musical variety special titled simply Premiere was shown over a network of five east coast CBS affiliates. color broadcasting standard on October 11, 1950. After a series of hearings beginning in September 1949, the FCC found the RCA and CTI systems fraught with technical problems, inaccurate color reproduction, and expensive equipment, and so formally approved the CBS system as the U.S.

    color broadcasting standard: CBS's field sequential system, which was incompatible with existing black and white sets without an adaptor; RCA's dot sequential system, which in 1949 became compatible with existing black and white sets; and CTI's system (also incompatible with existing black and white sets), which used three camera lenses, behind which were color filters that produced red, green, and blue images side by side on a single scanning tube, and a receiver set that used lenses in front of the picture tube (which had sectors treated with different phosphorescent compounds to glow in red, green, or blue) to project these three side by side images into one combined picture on the viewing screen. The post-war development of color television was dominated by three systems competing for approval by the FCC as the U.S. After a channel re-shuffle, WNBT became channel 4. These tests eventually led to the first regular broadcast by a TV station - WNBT-TV (channel 1) just after WWII.

    The War Production Board halted the manufacture of television and radio equipment for civilian use from April 1, 1942 to October 1, 1945, limiting any opportunity to introduce color television to the general public. These color systems were not compatible with existing black and white television sets, and as no color television sets were available to the public at this time, viewership of the color field tests was limited to RCA and CBS engineers and the invited press. CBS began daily color field tests on June 1, 1941. The first field test (i.e., broadcast) of color television was by NBC (owned by RCA) on February 20, 1941.

    These signals were sorted by a second switching device in the receiver set and sent to red, green, and blue picture tubes, and combined by a second set of dichroic mirrors into a full color image. RCA's later "dot sequential" color system had no moving parts, using a series of dichroic mirrors to separate and direct red, green, and blue light from the subject through three separate lenses into three scanning tubes, and electronic switching that allowed the tubes to send their signals in rotation, dot by dot. The CBS "field sequential" color system was partly mechanical, with a disc made of red, blue, and green filters spinning inside the television camera at 1,200 rpm, and a similar disc spinning in synchronization in front of the cathode ray tube inside the receiver set. CBS began non-broadcast color experiments using film as early as August 28, 1940, and live cameras by November 12.

    In the electronically scanned era, the first color television demonstration was on February 5, 1940, when RCA privately showed to members of the FCC at the RCA plant in Camden, New Jersey, a television receiver producing images in color by a field sequential color system. Mechanically scanned color television was demonstrated by Bell Laboratories in June 1929 using three complete systems of photoelectric cells, amplifiers, glow-tubes, and color filters, with a series of mirrors to superimpose the red, green, and blue images into one full color image. Color television in the United States had a protracted history due to conflicting technical systems vying for approval by the Federal Communications Commission for commercial use. John Logie Baird demonstrated the world's first color transmission on July 3, 1928, using scanning discs at the transmitting and receiving ends with three spirals of apertures, each spiral with filters of a different primary color; and three light sources at the receiving end, with a commutator to alternate their illumination.

    Most television researchers appreciated the value of color image transmission, with an early patent application in Russia in 1889 for a mechanically-scanned color system showing how early the importance of color was realized. Even though Farnsworth eventually won the legal battle over this issue, he was never able to fully capitalize financially on his invention. Some of this debate stems from the fact that while Farnsworth appears to have gotten there first as an inventor, RCA brought television sets to market before Farnsworth, and it was RCA employees who first wrote the history of television. The controversy over whether it was first Farnsworth or Zworykin who invented modern television is still hotly debated today.

    His previous work with Rosing on electromechanical television gave him key insights into how to produce such a system, but his (and RCA's) claim to being its original inventor was largely invalidated by three facts: a) Zworykin's 1923 patent presented an incomplete design, incapable of working in its given form (it was not until 1933 that Zworykin achieved a working implementation), b) the 1923 patent application was not granted until 1938, and not until it had been seriously revised, and c) courts eventually found that RCA was in violation of the television design patented by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, whose lab Zworykin had visited while working on his designs for RCA. His design was one of the first to demonstrate a television system with all the features of modern picture tubes. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin is also sometimes cited as the father of electronic television because of his invention of the iconoscope in 1923 and his invention of the kinescope in 1929. All modern picture tube televisions descend directly from his design.

    His breakthrough freed television from reliance on spinning discs and other mechanical parts. At age 21, he demonstrated a working system at his own laboratory in San Francisco. He continued to pursue the idea at Brigham Young Academy (now Brigham Young University). He discussed the idea with his high school chemistry teacher, who could think of no reason why it would not work (Farnsworth would later credit this teacher, Justin Tolman, as providing key insights into his invention).

    Farnsworth, a Mormon farm boy from Rigby, Idaho, first envisioned his system at age 14. Over a three week period, vaudeville acts, athletic and sports demonstrations, politicians, and hundreds of ordinary citizens were captured on Farnsworth's cameras in the open air and simultaneously shown on his receiving sets. Seven years later, on August 25, 1934, at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Farnsworth gave the world's first public demonstration of a working, all-electronic television system, with 220 lines per picture, 30 pictures per second. A fully electronic system was first achieved by Philo Taylor Farnsworth on September 7, 1927, although the low-resolution, light-insensitive camera tube limited the image to a plate of glass painted black, with a straight line etched across it, rotated in front of a bright carbon arc lamp.

    Although his system was never built, the cathode ray tube did come to be used to display images in almost all television sets and computer monitors until the invention of the LCD panel. He lectured on the subject in 1911 and displayed circuit diagrams, but no one, including Swinton, knew how to realize the design. He proposed using an electron beam in both the camera and the receiver, which could be steered electronically to produce moving pictures. Campbell-Swinton wrote a letter to Nature on the 18 June 1908 describing his concept of electronic television using the cathode ray tube, which had been invented in 1897 by the German physicist and Nobel prize winner Karl Ferdinand Braun.

    A.A. By 1934, all electromechanical television systems were outmoded, although electromechanical broadcasts continued on some stations until 1939. Although the discoveries of Nipkow, Rosing, Baird and others were extraordinary, little of their technology is used in modern television. The subjects, which included Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, were illuminated by a flying spot beam and scanned by a 50-aperture disk at 16 pictures per second.

    But Bell Labs gave the most dramatic demonstration of television yet on April 7, 1927, when it field tested reflected-light television systems using small-scale (2 by 2.5 inches) and large-scale (24 by 30 inches) viewing screens over a wire link from Washington to New York City, and over-the-air broadcast from Whippany, New Jersey. AT&T's Bell Telephone Laboratories transmitted half-tone images of transparencies in May 1925. In the U.S., Charles Francis Jenkins was able to demonstrate on June 13, 1925, the transmission of the silhouette image of a toy windmill in motion from a naval radio station to his laboratory in Washington, using a lensed disk scanner with 48 lines per picture, 16 pictures per second. Baird's electromechanical system reached a peak of 240 lines of resolution on BBC television broadcasts in 1936, before being discontinued in favor of a 405 line all-electronic system.

    In 1932 he demonstrated ultra-short wave television. In 1931 he made the first live transmission, of the Epsom Derby. In 1929 he became involved in the first experimental electromechanical television service in Germany. In parallel he developed a video disk recording system dubbed "Phonovision"; a number of the Phonovision[1] recordings, dating back to 1927, still exist.

    He also demonstrated an electromechanical color, infrared (dubbed "Noctovision"), and stereoscopic television, using additional lenses, disks and filters. In 1928 Iestyn'sPhillips company (Baird Television Development Company / Cinema Television) broadcast the first transatlantic television signal, between London and New York, and the first shore to ship transmission. Unlike later electronic systems with several hundred lines of resolution, Baird's vertically scanned image, using a scanning disk embedded with a double spiral of lenses, had only 30 lines, just enough to reproduce a recognizable human face. Then he gave the world's first public demonstration of a working television system to members of the Royal Institution and a newspaper reporter on January 26, 1926 at his laboratory in London.

    But if television is defined as the transmission of live, moving, half-tone (grayscale) images, and not silhouette or still images, Baird achieved this privately on October 2, 1925. On March 25, 1925, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird gave a demonstration of televised silhouette images at Selfridge's Department Store in London. Moving images were not possible because, in the scanner, "the sensitivity was not enough and the selenium cell was very laggy." Zworykin later went to work for RCA to build a purely electronic television, the design of which was eventually found to violate patents by Philo Taylor Farnsworth. In 1911, Boris Rosing and his student Vladimir Kosma Zworykin created a television system that used a mechanical mirror-drum scanner to transmit, in Zworykin's words, "very crude images" over wires to the electronic Braun tube (cathode ray tube) in the receiver.

    Perskeyi's paper reviewed the existing electromechanical technologies, mentioning the work of Nipkow and others. Meanwhile, Constantin Perskyi had coined the word television in a paper read to the International Electricity Congress at the International World Fair in Paris on August 25, 1900. However, it wasn't until 1907 that developments in amplification tube technology made the design practical. Nipkow's spinning disk design is credited with being the first television image rasterizer.

    The German student Paul Nipkow proposed and patented the first electromechanical television system in 1885. It is often abbreviated as TV or the telly. Tele- is Greek for "far", while -vision is from the Latin visio, meaning "vision" or "sight". The word television is a hybrid word, created from both Greek and Latin.

    From the latter descended all modern televisions, but these would not have been possible without discoveries and insights from the mechanical systems. The development of television technology can be divided along two lines: those developments that depended upon both mechanical and electronic principles, and those which are purely electronic. . The term has come to refer to all the aspects of television programming and transmission as well.

    Television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. Smith-Shomade, Shaded Lives: African-American Women and Television, Rutgers University Press, 2002. Beretta E. Jerry Mander, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Perennial, 1978.

    Jacques Derrida, Bernard Stiegler, Echographies of Television, Polity Press, 2002. Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, Zone Books, 1995. Pierre Bourdieu, On Television, The New Press, 2001. Erik Barnouw, Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television, Oxford University Press, 1992.

    ISBN 0670804541. Penguin USA, 1985. Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Aric Sigman,Remotely Controlled: How television is damaging our lives - and what we can do about it,Vermilion 2005.

    Dr. In many cases other companies, TV stations or individuals are engaged to do the syndication work, in other words to sell the product into the markets they are allowed to sell into by contract from the copyright holders, in most cases the producers. It includes secondary runs in the country of first issue, but also international usage which may or may not be managed by the originating producer. Syndication - this is the terminology rather broadly used to describe secondary programming usages (beyond original run).

    Original Run or First Run - a producer creates a program of one or multiple episodes and shows it on a station or network which has either paid for the production itself or to which a license has been granted by the producers to do the same. Web TV. Ultra High Definition Video (UHDV). Video on-demand (VOD).

    Picture-in-picture (PiP). Pay Per View. LCD and Plasma display Flat Screen TV. Internet television.

    IPTV. High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). High Definition TV (HDTV). Flicker-free (100Hz or 120Hz, depending on country).

    DVD. Direct Broadcast Satellite TV (DBS). Digital Video Recorders. Digital television (DTV).

    Digital Rights Management (DRM). Digital Light Processing (DLP). CableCARD™. Broadcast flag.

    with the image horizontally distorted. with upper and lower portions of the image cut off (or in "tilt and scan", parts selected by an operator). in "pillar box" format, with black vertical bars to the left and right. with the image horizontally compressed.

    with part of the image being cropped, usually the extreme left and right of the image being cut off (or in "pan and scan", parts selected by an operator). in "letterbox" format, with black horizontal bars at the top and bottom. Long runs must be properly supported away from metal objects and should be mounted with a loose twist in the cable - see unshielded twisted pair cables which operate by the same principle as properly installed twin-lead. Twin-lead wiring is sensitive to nearby metal objects.

    Nominal impedance was 300 ohms; connecting an older set to cable or VCRs requires an inexpensive matching transformer to avoid signal degradation due to impedance mismatch. Connection to the set was by connecting the wire to a pair of screws on the back of the television set. 300 ohm twin-lead - The predecessor to coaxial cable, generally a flat insulated cable with a pair of wires separated by 0.5 inch, found on NTSC television sets from 1940 to about 1985, and originally used to connect rabbit ears to a receiver. Most set-top TV antennas have a 300 ohm impedance, so to connect them to a coaxial input requires an inexpensive matching transformer to avoid signal degradation.

    NTSC sets use a 75 ohm F-connector; most PAL sets use a 50 ohm Belling Lee. Most modern DVD players and other video devices no longer modulate RF output, so very old TV sets made before composite video jacks became commonplace will need a modulator. This is the type of cable usually used for cable television. Most TVs manufactured during the past 15–20 years accept coaxial connection, and the video is typically "tuned" on channel 3 or 4.

    Coaxial RF - All audio channels and picture components are transmitted through one coaxial cable and modulated on a radio frequency. Audio is not carried on this cable, though two separate cables with similar red and white RCA jacks for right and left line-level audio are commonly bonded to composite video cables. Most televisions provide this option with a yellow RCA jack or occasionally a BNC connector. Composite video - The most common form of connecting external devices, putting all the video information into one signal.

    Audio is not carried on this cable. This will sometimes, completely incorrectly, be referred to as an SVHS connector. Use started in the 1980s for S-VHS, Hi-8, and early NTSC DVD players to relay high quality video before component was available. Provides most of the benefit of component video, with slightly less color fidelity.

    Also referred to as Y/C video. S-Video - small round connector with two separate video signals, one carrying brightness (luminance), the other carrying color (chroma). Japan uses a 21 pin RGB connector which is visually similar to SCART but with different pin configurations. This system has been standard in Europe since mid-1980s for all consumer electronics, which meant that RGBS was available on even the earliest PAL DVD players and satellite receivers.

    widescreen). SCART - a large 21 pin connector that may carry: one video signal composite video; or two video signals S-Video; or for picture quality similar to component video, three signals of separate red, green and blue or RGB; or for best picture quality, four video signals of separate red, green, blue and sync or RGBS; plus right and left line-level audio channels; along with a number of control signals including an aspect-ratio flag (e.g. This connection provides for picture quality superior to S-Video and is typically used in home theater for DVDs, satellite and analogue HDTV; less common in Europe but is starting to become more widely available. Audio is not carried on this cable.

    Component video - three separate RCA jacks (colored red, green and blue) carry three video signals, one brightness (luminance) and two colors (chromas), and is usually referred to as "Y, B-Y, R-Y", "Y Cr Cb" (interlaced) or "Y Pr Pb" (progressive), or YUV. Copy protection is available using HDCP. DVI - a 17 to 29 pin connector that carries digital video signals, designed to carry HDTV but also used in current DVD players and latest digital displays. This is the most advanced form of connection currently available.

    Essentially an enhanced version of DVI that includes digital audio. HDMI - a compact 19 to 29 pin connector that carries digital video and digital audio signals. This approach appeals to videophiles who prefer components that can be upgraded separately. component systems with separate big-screen video monitor, tuner, audio system which the owner connects the pieces together as a high-end home theater system.

    integrated systems with DVD players and/or VHS VCR capabilities built into the TV set itself (mostly for small size TVs with up to 21" screen, the main idea is to have a complete portable system);. standalone TV sets;. MMDS (Wireless cable). Cable television.

    Satellite television. Stratovision (From aircraft flying in a loop). Terrestrial television.

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