Disney finally decides to release the US version of My Neighbor Totoro on Blu-ray, and let’s review it!
Before I begin the review, let’s talk about what Totoro is, in case you’ve been living under a rock the size of an entire continent. My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 animated film directed by Hayo Miyazaki. The story is about a professor and his two daughters Satsuki and Mei, and hey just moved into an old house out in the country to be close to the hospital where the mom resides for a long-term illness. After moving into the new house, the two girls begin to see different spirits such as the black soots, and trolls. The name Totoro actually comes from “trolls,” because the younger daughter Mei cannot pronounce it properly.
Totoro turns out to be a mountain spirit who protects the natural. He appears before innocents such as little kids, and helps plants to grow stronger. The climax of the movie is when the little sister Mei got lost when she wants to go visit their mother. Totoro then helps the kids by summoning his trusty Cat Bus, and it takes Satsuki to find Mei. At the end, the family is happily reunited thanks to the help of Totoro.
The movie is a classic, and I’ve been liking it a lot since I was a little kid. There’s nothing much I want to talk about the story, and the main purpose of this review is to talk about the Blu-ray package. Which, by the way, is not worth it.
It’s good to see the classic movie been update to the highest definition currently possible, but quite frankly, I don’t see much of a differences. Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of those people who always prefer to watch my movies in high-def, and I can easily tell the differences when watching movies in regular definition. However, when watching Totoro in Blu-ray, it just feels like I’m watching DVD on a high- def. TV. There’s really no point of getting the Blu-ray version, I’m afraid.
There aren’t a lot of extra contents compare to the previous DVD release either, so is not like you should get the Blu-ray for those reasons. However, if you’re one of those completist like me, then maybe you should still get this movie on Blu-ray.
The score is only for the Blu-ray version, which I don’t think is necessary at all. If I have to give the movie itself a score:
All time classic for a reason 😉