Anime 'My Neighbor Totoro' to be adapted into stage play in Britain


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Oh, wow. Just what we needed. Another cringeworthy adaptation of a Japanese anime.

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It's cringeworthy enough without an adaptation, to be fair

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Unpopular as I may sound, I just can't see why Ghibli is popular. I found Totoro rather messy and not fresh

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Unpopular as I may sound, I just can't see why Ghibli is popular. I found Totoro rather messy and not fresh

I don't understand your analysis -in what ways do you mean "messy" and "not fresh".

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Not sure how this can be adapted to the stage... it's a bit... big. Lots of big locations, tree tops...


Unpopular as I may sound, I just can't see why Ghibli is popular. I found Totoro rather messy and not fresh

Messy? Don't agree with that... but 'fresh'? What on earth is that meant to mean? You mean it's not edgy with spiky hair lads hurling magic energy balls at speed line-surrounded roaring monsters?

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Totoro is such a sad and depressing movie... my wife watched it when she was young which i can't understand why they would let such young children watch this...

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My Neighbour Totoro is one of the most beautiful movies ever made, not at all depressing (it has a happy ending, ffs) and anyone who says otherwise is a soulless, card-carrying Philistine.

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only a psycho will find this beautiful....

Let's see... a lot of us psychos out there...

Audience Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars on Rotten Tomatoes...

4 stars on Roger Ebert (you've heard of Roger Ebert, right?) "one of the most beloved of all family films..."

imdb, 10/10s from viewers all over the place... https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096283/reviews

"full of benign spirituality, prelapsarian innocence, but little icky sentiment" - The Guardian... https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/may/23/my-neighbour-totoro-review

"... one of Japan’s most loved children’s movies... It’s a simple, whimsical and beautiful story about nature, imagination and sisterhood – and a great introduction to Japanese anime for both young and old viewers."


And here's few more reviews you can read gathered together on metacritic, all positive...


I could trawl through the internet results one by one and it would be a long time before anything negative came up.

What is "psycho" about any discussion of this movie is to raise this particular canard...

"the movie was so depressing that there are theories the movie was related to an actual murder case where a girl was snatched, raped and murdered on her way home from school"

Really? I say BS on that. And to say that this movie is depressing, when no-one comes to any harm and it has a HAPPY ENDING, makes it impossible to believe that you've even seen it. Go back to the Marvel movies, might be more your cup of tea.

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I love My Neighbor Totoro but I'm unsure if it'll translate well onto the stage. There are many big props that'll need to be made and location sets as well. Sounds a bit like a technical nightmare to be honest.

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My Neighbor Totoro is one of my favorite movies ever I watch it maybe once a year along with Pom Poko, Kiki's delivery service, Laputa, Spirited away and can't forget Nausicaa and Howls moving castle... Dang it I like pretty much all of them..

Although not sure how Totoro would translate to the stage how will they represent the cat bus? I hope not a cardboard cut out . Would Totoro be somebody in a suit? or would it need to be three? two on the bottom one on their shoulders?

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