One of my all time favorite animated movies is finally coming to blu-ray this spring, and I couldn’t be happier. The Studio Ghibli film, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is a beautiful animated film that explores the meaning of friendship and sisterhood. The film follows two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, who discover their new neighbor, Totoro, is actually a forest spirit, and only children can see him. As they get to know him more, and Totoro introduces him to more of his friends, the sisters are swept away into an extraordinary adventure like nothing they’ve ever dreamed of. I’m a huge fan of Studio Ghibli, so I’m glad to see more of their films finally getting a blu-ray release over here state side. I find their films to be on par with everything that Pixar produces, telling truly wonderful tales that delight fans of all ages, and ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is no exception. In fact, this film may be one of the best family films of all time, and I don’t say that lightly.
The film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who has directed many of the best Studio Ghibli films, and all of my favorites, including ‘Castle in the Sky’, ‘Spirited Away’, and ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’. One thing I’ll always love is the fact that Disney always includes both the original Japanese voice over work, as well as the English counterpart for those who don’t want to read subtitles. For those interested in the English language version, the dub is one that many will enjoy, which features both Dakota and Elle Fanning, who play the sisters in the film, and also features the voices of Tim Daly, who is best known for his voice work as Clark Kent and Superman in ‘Superman: The Animated Series’, and many subsequent DC shows and films, as well as Lea Salonga, the famous Broadway star, who most Disney fans will know as the woman who was the singing voice for both Mulan and Princess Jasmine in ‘Mulan’ and ‘Aladdin’, respectively. It’s a spectacular cast for an already spectacular film, and I for one can’t wait to see how this looks in high definition. As Disney continues reaching into their vaults, pulling out many of their classic films, as well as many of the Studio Ghibli films, my blu-ray collection feels that it is one step closer to being completed.
Hit the jump to get a look at the special features that will be included. Are you excited for ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ coming to blu-ray? Let me know in the comments below, only here on Chip and Company!
BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:
- Original Japanese Storyboards
- Original Japanese Trailer
- Behind the Microphone
- Behind the Studio
- Creating “My Neighbor Totoro”
- Creating the Characters
- The “Totoro” Experience
- Producer’s Perspective: Creating Gibli
- The Locations of “Totoro”
- Scoring Miyazaki
BLU-RAY TECHNICAL SPECS:
- Description Modifier:
Audio: English, French & Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital ? Subtitles: English, English SDH and French