I’m not all that big on animated films. I mean, I watch them and sometimes even enjoy them, but I never go out of my way to purchase the DVDs. In fact, the only animated feature I’ve ever owned was Beauty and the Beast — on VHS when it first came out nearly 20 years ago!
But that’s going to change soon, because today when I was browsing at Buy.com, I saw this My Neighbor Totoro 2-Disc Set that I would love to have. The film is by Miyazaki Hayao, who many people claim to be the best animator ever. His works are extremely popular in Japan, and My Neighbor Totoro (known in the original as となりのトトロ) is one of the most beloved children’s films of all-time.
This 2-disc set contains the full-length film (86 minutes), available with the original Japanese voice actors along with English subtitles and in a dubbed English version. Most Miyazaki fans prefer the Japanese voice actors with English subtitles, so this should be a major selling point for the set. There are also a couple of bonus features, including storyboards from the film, the original Japanese trailer, and interviews with the Fanning sisters (Dakota and Elle), who voiced Mei and Satsuki in the English version.
The My Neighbor Totoro 2-Disc set is currently on sale for $23.98, which is a pretty good deal — especially since I’ve seen just the one-disc edition selling for roughly the same price. I need to add this movie to my collection soon!