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May 21, 2013

My Neighbor Totoro releasing on Blu-ray on 5/21

Spectacular 25th Anniversary Edition 
Blu-ray Combo Pack Available May 21, 2013 

Disney proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of “My Neighbor Totoro,” the acclaimed Studio Ghibli film about the magic of friendship and sisterhood from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, 2002, ”Spirited Away”) – with the film’s Blu-ray debut on May 21, 2013.

Arriving for the first time on Disney Blu-ray with a spectacular new HD digital transfer, perfect picture and sound, the highly-anticipated release of “My Neighbor Totoro” features the fantastic voice talents of Timothy Daly, Lea Salonga and real-life sisters Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning.

Lauded as “one of the most beloved of all family films” by critic Roger Ebert, “My Neighbor Totoro” is the heartwarming story of sisters Satsuki (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and Mei (voiced by Elle Fanning). Much to their delight, when Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei move into a new home in the countryside, they discover that their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit called Totoro—who can be seen only through the eyes of children. Totoro introduces them to extraordinary characters—including a catbus—and takes them on an incredible journey.

Timothy Daly (TV’s “Private Practice”) as the voice of Father
Dakota Fanning (“Twilight”) as the voice of Satsuki
Elle Fanning (“Super 8”) as the voice of Mei
Lea Salonga (“Mulan”) as the voice of Mother

Writer, Director: Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Ponyo”)

Bonus Features:
Original Japanese Storyboards
Behind the Studio
Creating “My Neighbor Totoro”
Creating the Characters
The Totoro Experience
Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli
The Locations of Totoro
Scoring Miyazaki Original
Japanese Trailer
Behind the Microphone

Street Date: May 21, 2013

Direct Prebook: 3/26/13 Distributor
Prebook: 4/9/13
Rating: G in U.S. and Canada Bonus material is not rated

Feature Run Time: Approx. 88 minutes

Suggested Retail Prices: 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada  

Our Review:
I was introduced to Miyazaki films when I watched My Neighbor Totoro as a young girl. I fell in love with the movie and from that moment on I became an avid collector of all things associated with Studio Ghibli. When I learned that Disney was releasing Studio Ghibli's films in the US, I was really excited. I could not wait to watch this movie again. I was lucky enough to have received a review copy. As soon as it arrived, I watched it with my kids. The basic plot is about two young girls who meet Totoro -- a forest spirit. Two of our favorite parts of the films were when Mei fell asleep on top of Totoro (he looks like a giant stuffed toy so we imagine that he makes a great bed to sleep), and when the kids got to ride the cat bus. My kids were really excited to watch the cat bus open up to let the passengers on and then it flew through the forest so quickly. We love this movie for many reasons. Besides the amazingly beautiful animation, we love that the the young girls learned to love their new home, fell in love that the magic of the forest and then were protected by the forest spirit. It was a very sweet movie that the entire family could enjoy. This blu-ray and DVD combo is a must have for a collector. It includes Scoring of Miyazaki and The Totoro experience, which were really fun to watch.

To buy it, please visit your local retail stores where Disney DVDs are sold.

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.


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