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.
PlotSpoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. My Neighbor Totoro.
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.
The movie stars the following actors (listed in (Disney) English version/(Streamline) English version/Japanese version format):
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The movie stars the following actors (listed in (Disney) English version/(Streamline) English version/Japanese version format):. Overseas the Celica received a small restyling, with new bumpers and headlamps, continuing its sales. 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. However until mid-May, customers could still order one, although it was advised they took action before that time ended. Kusakabe discover Mei's ear of corn on the windowsill of Mrs. Exporting of the Celica ceased in July 2005. In the movie's final scene, Professor and Mrs. This is a flawed theory, because Toyota owns Scion and is positioning the Scion tC as a successor to the Celica, as part of a greater brand positioning scheme.
When the cat bus finally leaves them it fades into the evening shadows, in the manner of Lewis Carroll's Cheshire cat. Many attribute the 2004 loss in sales to the introduction of the cheaper Scion tC. 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. As of November 2004, just 8,216 Celicas had been sold for calendar year 2004. He is delighted to be of assistance, and with his help Mei is quickly found.  Celica sales hit 52,406 units in 2000, but dropped sharply to 14,856 in 2003. Satsuki finally seeks Totoro's help. In July 2004, Toyota announced the Celica would be discontinued in the United States at the end of the 2005 model year because of increasing competition and lack of sales.
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. In 2001, Honda released the Acura RSX for the 2002 model year with a 2.0 L 4-cylinder 200 hp engine, which competed directly with the Celica. 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. However, the Celica enjoyed the spotlight for about a year or so, being that it was one of the few vehicles offering 100 hp/L for under $27,000 USD. 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. Unfortunately, Toyota was too late to the sport compact party. 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. The GT was available in both a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic and the GT-S was available with a close-ratio 6-speed manual and a 4-speed manumatic.
This begins a series of encounters as the spirits allow the children to partake in their nightly activities. The GT-S had a more aggressive system called the VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing with Lift and Intelligence) which would act as VVTi until 6200 rpm when the valves opened a fraction further and provided a 40 hp boost. When Satsuki gives him her umbrella, he's delighted at both the shelter and the sounds it makes as water hits it. Both of these engines featured Toyota's signature VVTi (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence) system, which continuously varied the camshaft timing. 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. This Celica came in two trim levels, the GT powered by a 1.8 L 4-cylinder 140 hp 1ZZ engine and the GT-S powered by a 1.8 L 4-cylinder 180 hp 2ZZ engine co-developed with Yamaha. Mei is enchanted with them and determined to find the King of the Forest. It closely resembled the XYR concept with the exception of the front bumper and rear spoiler.
Not everyone can see the spirits of the forest, only the pure of heart. In 2000, Toyota began production and sales of the 7th generation Celica. Her father tells her that this is the "King of the Forest". The XYR displayed an aggressive stance and radical styling not seen since the last Toyota sports car, the Supra. Mei names it Totoro. Also in 1999, Toyota released pictures of their next concept car, dubbed the XYR. 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. The Celica was now available as a GT liftback or a GT convertible.
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".). In 1999, the Celica lineup was simplified even further with the elimination of the coupe model. 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. All 1998 Celicas included additional standard equipment, making the Celica a better value. It is set during a summer of the 1950s. All Celicas (coupe, liftback and convertible) were now GT models. The movie is a slow-moving yet fascinating portrayal of Japanese rural life. In 1998, the ST model was discontinued to simplify the Celica ordering process.
. For 1997, the only change in the Celica was the discontinuation of the GT coupe. 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. Also available were optional driving lights in the redesigned grille area (standard on GT models). It features a new dub cast. The 1996 Celica received optional side skirts to improve its aerodynamic efficiency, as well as a redesigned rear spoiler. The film will be re-released by Disney on March 7, 2006. At ASC, the roof was removed and a three-layer insulated and power-operated top was installed, producing a vehicle that was virtually water and windproof.
An ani-manga version of My Neighbor Totoro was published in English by Viz Communications starting on November 10, 2004. The vehicle arrived in the US as a partially assembled vehicle. Troma and Fox's rights to this version expired in 2004. Built off of the GT coupe, the conversion took place in the ASC facility in Rancho Dominguez, California. It was released on VHS and DVD by Fox Home Video. 1995 saw the introduction of the third generation convertible. Troma Films produced a 1993 dub of the film co-produced by Jerry Beck. However, the team was banned from competition for a year after the car's single victory due to turbocharger irregularities.
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. The car proved to be quite competitive in the 1995 World Championship. Frank Welker/Hitoshi Takagi/Hitoshi Takagi: Totoro. The 2500 homologation cars built to allow Toyota to enter the GT-Four as a Group A car in the World Rally Championship also sported extras such as all of the plumbing required to activate an anti-lag system, a water spray bar for the front heat exchanger and an extender spoiler mounted on risers. Pat Carroll/Natalie Core/Tanie Kitabayashi: Nanny. Influenced strongly by Team Toyota Europe, Toyota's factory team in the World Rally Championship, the final version of the GT-Four included improvements such as an all aluminium bonnet to save weight, four channel sports ABS, an improved CT20B turbocharger, and Super Strut Suspension. Kusakabe. This version was to be the most powerful Celica produced to date, producing between 240-250hp from an updated 3S-GTE motor.
Lea Salonga/Alexandra Kenworthy/Sumi Shimamoto: Mrs. Production of the Alltrac, or GT-Four as it was known outside the US, continued for the Japanese and Australian markets. Timothy Daly/Steve Kramer/Shigesato Itoi: Professor Kusakabe. Celicas also sported CFC-free air conditioning. Elle Fanning/Cheryl Chase/Chika Sakamoto: Mei Kusakabe. New safety equipment in the form of driver and passenger-side airbags was standard, and anti-lock brakes were available on all models. Dakota Fanning/the late Lisa Michelson/Noriko Hidaka: Satsuki Kusakabe. Celicas were available in either coupe or liftback form, with the GT sports package available only on the liftback.
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. Styling of the new Celicas was acclaimed by most publications as "Supra-esque" with four exposed headlights. (TCM aired the dub as well as the original Japanese with English subtitles.). The Celica was only available in ST and GT trims in the US for the 1994 model year, but the addition of the optional "sports package" to the GT produced GT-S-like handling. 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 sixth-generation Celicas bore very little resemblance to their previous brethren. The world premiere for the Disney version was on October 23, 2005 after the premiere of Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. For 1994, Toyota pulled out all the stops.
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. However, in August of 1991 an earlier change was made, namely the front brake discs which where solid, were made vented. Fox and Troma's rights to the film expired in 2004. In 1992 Toyota facelifted the range, the changes include:. 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. Special features include:. 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 special rally edition of 5000 is known as the Carlos Sainz (CS) in Europe (in honour of their famous WRC driver) and the RC in Japan.
In the Disney dub, they are referred to as "Soot Gremlins". With a 2.0 L turbocharged 3S-GTE producing 149kW (200 BHP), it was also one of the most powerful Celicas made thus far. 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. With its sport-style interior, power-operated driver's seat, and a sunroof as standard equipment, the All-Trac (known as the GT-Four outside of the United states) was the most expensive Celica yet. In limited stores (in North America and Japan), collectable "My Neighbor Totoro" toys are on sale. Anti-lock brakes were available on GTS all four years and was avalible on the GT from 1992-93, as were numerous luxury items -- all of these were standard on the All-Trac model. 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 North America, the GT and GT-S were powered by the 2.2 L 5S-FE, while the ST sported the 1.6 L 4A-FE - all were DOHC 16-valve.
During the closing credits, Miyazaki purposely inserted art of Satsuki and Mei playing with other human children and not with the Totoros. The Celica received revised styling, upgraded wheels and tires, and a more powerful GT-Four (US: All-Trac). 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. The fifth generation Celica was introduced in 1990. 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 some European countries these models were available instead;. In the Japanese version, their father's position in his university is not explicitly given by Satsuki as in the English dub. With full-time all wheel drive and a turbocharged version of the GT-S 2.0 L engine producing 190 hp (3S-GTE), it immediately took its place as the flagship of the Celica range, and became the official Toyota rally car for all years of production.
Satsuki is the old Japanese name for the month of May, and Mei's name comes from the English name. In 1988, Toyota introduced the "ultimate Celica", the All-Trac Turbo or GT-Four. Satsuki and Mei were both born in the month of May. Front wheel drive and four-wheel independent suspension made the Celica a great all-around sports car. 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. The GT-S was given a 135 hp version of the DOHC 2.0 L engine (3S-GE) featuring T-VIS. 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. STs and GTs came with a SOHC 8 valve, 2.0 L, 92 hp engine (Engine Code 2S-E) from the Toyota Camry, but quickly changed to an all new DOHC 116 hp engine (3S-FE) for the 1987 model year, also shared with the Camry.
Bake neko are mentioned in several Ghibli films. The Celica was now available in ST, GT and GT-S trim, all available as either coupe or liftback models, with the GT being offered up in a soft-top convertible coupe as well. The Cat Bus is a bake neko that saw a bus and decided to become one. It was an all-new vehicle with front wheel drive, a rounded, flowing body and new 2.0 L four-cylinder engines. 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. For 1986, the Celica changed completely. Incidentally, the late Yoshifumi Kondo provided character designs for both films. Chassis code:
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. The GT-S included larger wheels and tires, fender flares, independent rear suspension, a sports interior including special seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. 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. In 1983, Toyota added the GT-S model to the Celica line to re-inject the sports image that Celica had lost as it grew larger and heavier with each subsequent model. The main Totoro has become a mascot for Studio Ghibli, gracing the studio's logo at the start of their films. Styling was changed considerably from previous models and power was now provided by a 2.4 L(22R-E) engine.In Australia, Toyota decided to drop the 21R-C in the celica instead of the American and Japanese 22R-E, as a result, the car only turned out a mere 67 kilowatts. 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. 1982 saw the introduction of the third generation Celica.
Catbus or Nekobasu - a cat that has become a bus. A unique one-off development of this series was a car-derived pickup, designed by Toyota's California Studio in 1977. "Nanny" - Kanta's grandmother, who sometimes takes care of the girls. The Camry was spun off into its own range two years later. Kanta - A preteen boy of their village, ambivalent towards Satsuki. This model was a Toyota Carina with a Celica front end. Small Totoro (Chibi Totoro) - The white, smallest (about 20 centimeters tall) one, with the power of invisibility. In 1980, a four-door version was announced, known as the Toyota Celica Camry.
Looks very similar to King Totoro. This new generation offered more safety, power and fuel economy than previous models, and was awarded Motor Trend's "Import Car of the Year" for 1978. Medium Totoro (Chū Totoro) - The blue, medium-size (about 60 centimeters tall) one. Power was provided by 2.2 L engines for both models. Ō in that case means "large" but the English dub calls that Totoro "King Totoro". The second generation Celica was released in 1978 (production began in late 1977), and was again available in both ST and GT trim levels. She tried to say "tororu", the Japanese word for troll. (See image).
Mei has a habit of mispronouncing things. 1976 Saw the addition of the liftback version, available in GT-form with a 2 litre engine. 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. There was also a GTV version, which could even be considered a hybrid between the GT and LT versions, as it had the 2T-G engine, with a slightly cut-down interior, and didn't come with things like power windows, but they were optional. Totoro - 3 Totoro appear in the film:
Mei Kusakabe - Satsuki's younger sister, pre-school age (4 years old). The lower-end LT was equipped with a 2T carbureted four-cylinder engine displacing 1600cc, while the ST came with a twin Solex-carburettor 2T-B engine. Satsuki Kusakabe - An 11-year-old girl. The Celica came out in three different versions, the LT, ST and GT. Allegedly a "cut-down" version of Toyota's supercar, the 2000GT, the Celica was a relatively affordable sports car. The first generation Celica was released to the market in 1970.
Robert Huffman won the 2003 Dash Series Championship driving one of these Celicas. These Celicas started racing in 2000 and had 6th or 7th generation bodies but a steel tube-frame race chassis and a production based V-6 engine that was not avalible in the street Celica. A less stock version of the Celica with factory backing and development was campaigned successfully by several drivers in the Goody's Dash Series. The Celica (usually the 1st through 3rd generation Rear-Wheel Drive model powered by the R series engine) is sometimes raced privately in stock car racing, usually in four-cylinder classes at the grassroots level.
Toyotas run in the NHRA Funny Car class also used Celica bodies, although besides the body, these cars do not share any resemblance to their street counterparts. 7th generation Celicas were also successfully campaigned in the NHRA Sport Compact Drag Racing series during the early 2000s. It was entered into GT300 class of the Japanese Grand Touring Championship. Team Racing Project Bandoh created a special RWD variant of the 7th generation Celica using a 3S-GTE engine.
Slightly modified versions of stock Celicas were also used as the spec car in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race from 1976 to 2005. The team captured many class wins and the GTO Championship in 1987. In road racing, The Celica was raced by Dan Gurney's All American Racers team with factory backing in the IMSA GTU and GTO classes from 1983 to 1988. The ST185's homogolation version is called the Carlos Sainz (CS, after the driver), or RC in Japan.
They are considered a collector's item by some enthusiasts. Special editions of the GT-Four models were produced for the public in extremely limited numbers (5000) due to homogolation demands. Some time after TTE switched to the shorter Toyota Corolla. Soon after introducing the ST205 in 1995, TTE was banned for 12 months from the WRC because of cheating.
Carlos Sainz was the driver who drove to success in both the ST165 and ST185. A GT-Four Celica competed in Group A Rally racing from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. In racing, the Celica is known for its rally racing prowess. .
Other versions include a four wheel drive turbocharged model (designated All Trac in the US or GT-Four in Japan and Europe, produced from 1988-1999), a hatchback model, and a convertible model. Through seven generations, the model has gone through many revisions and design forks, including the Toyota Celica Supra (later known as the Toyota Supra). During the FWD generations, top-model Celicas came with a turbocharger and most recently, variable valve timing. During the RWD generations, American market Celicas were powered by various versions of Toyota's SOHC 20R or 22R engines.
The most significant change between generations occurred in 1986, when the drive train was changed from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive. Through all generations, Celicas have been built around Toyota's high-performance inline-4 engines. The name is derived from the Spanish word for "heavenly" or "celestial". The Toyota Celica name has been applied to a series of popular sports cars made by the Japanese company Toyota.
a tail light redesign. a Toyota emblem on the hood; and,. 15" wheels on the GT model fitted with Dunlop 205/55VR tyres;. the ST and GT received a brand new bumper;.
wider body for the All-trac and GT-S;. uprated disc brakes (from 269 to 277mm);. a new 5S-FE, producing 100kW and 196Nm of torque;. improved gear linkage;.
new 3 way CAT system;. front and rear spring rates were increased significantly;. stiffer anti roll bar;. different bumper which is much lighter than the standard one.
different bonnet, the emphasis of which is to get rid of heat as fast as possible, (instead of scooping in air, as is the case with the standard ST185 bonnet);. a different intercooler (WTA as opposed to ATA) which TTE wanted so they could more easily tune their WRC car;.