Movies like My Neighbor Totoro

If you like "My Neighbor Totoro" you are looking for offbeat, feel good and touching movies about / with adventure, siblings relations, teaching the ways of the world, supernatural ability, hospital, legends and myths and friendship themes of Animation, Family and Fantasy genre shot in Japan.
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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
 8.2
 223K
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Original name: となりのトトロ
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.
Style: offbeat, feel good, touching, serious, stylized, fairy tale, sweet, colourful, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, siblings relations, teaching the ways of the world, supernatural ability, hospital, legends and myths, friendship, family, imaginary kingdom, neighbor, magical, fantasy world, mother, village, sibling relationship, new neighbor, magical creature, countryside, young heroes, mischievous children, parents and children, imaginary, youth, children, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

Most similar movies to My Neighbor Totoro

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out fairy tale, melancholic, clever and stylized films with plots about friendship, fantasy world, imaginary, adventure, transformation, storytelling and mentor mostly in Animation, Family and Fantasy genres. Some movies like My Neighbor Totoro: Ponyo (2008), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 102K
Ponyo (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary ...
Style: touching, semi serious, fairy tale, sweet, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: fish, friendship, transformation, adventure, princess, family, imaginary kingdom, ocean or sea, magic, runaway, obsessive quest, cliff ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: supernatural ability, witch, self discovery, wizards and magicians, adventure, cat, young heroes, friendship, friends, broom, coming of age, baking ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers ...
Style: touching, fairy tale, emotional, atmospheric, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, family, mysterious character, culture clash, magical, childhood, miniature person, adventure, runaway, environmental, imaginary kingdom, maid ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 523K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, offbeat, fairy tale, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, parallel world, supernatural, adventure, imaginary, witch, curses spells and rituals, friendship, rescue, family, magic, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
Style: touching, captivating, fairy tale, atmospheric, surreal ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, curses spells and rituals, palaces castles and temples, adventure, wizards and magicians, imaginary, love and romance, self discovery, supernatural ability, magical, romance, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, semi serious, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: pirate, magic, imaginary kingdom, friendship, steampunk, young heroes, government agent, pendant, army, castle, crystal, adventure ...
Place: mine, wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Song of the Sea (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as ...
Style: touching, captivating, fairy tale, stylized, serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: young heroes, lighthouse, dog, irish, adventure, obsessive quest, seal, swimming, irishman, folklore, folk music, lighthouse keeper ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Drawn from elements of West African folk tales, it depicts how a newborn boy, Kirikou, saves his village from the evil witch Karaba.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: village, adventure, young heroes, family, good versus evil, rescue, friendship, curses spells and rituals, heroic mission, danger, escapades, heroes ...
Place: africa, tokyo, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 28K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: colourful, atmospheric, heartbreaking, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, single mother, family relations, supernatural, social relations, school, childhood, love, children, human becomes animal, character study ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: he must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But after downing a feared dragon, he realizes that he no longer wants to destroy it, ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: dragon, friendship, adventure, family, training, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, journey, warrior, animal training, vikings, teamwork ...
Place: scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Cat Returns (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, fairy tale, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, tower, crow, grass, human animal relationship, sword fight, chase, talking cat, adventure, mouse, prince ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, princess, bamboo, emperor, parents and children, in the woods, japanese woman, imaginary, youth, family relations, wooing, friendship ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to ...
Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventure, master warrior, curses spells and rituals, princess, heroic mission, danger, in the woods, demon, wolf, feral child, heroes, friendship ...
Time: middle ages, 16th century, 15th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, friends, imaginary friend, young girl, photograph, countryside, village, social misfits, loneliness, childhood, adolescence, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Ireland
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Adventure awaits 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that ...
Style: serious, stylized, exciting, feel good, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: young heroes, adventure, barbarian, monastery, in the woods, underwater, sea monster, trapped, legends and myths, monk, fairy, obsessive quest ...
Time: middle ages
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 18K
Pom Poko (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The Raccoons practice and perfect the ...
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, colourful, talky ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: transformation, anthropomorphism, deforestation, animal, environmentalism, environment, master villain, rescue, heroic mission, good versus evil, suburbs, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: An ancient myth of a massive creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature is not welcome in Pixie Hollow — and the scout ...
Style: exciting, sentimental, fairy tale, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: fairy, friendship, adventure, imaginary kingdom, young heroes, in the woods, dangerous animal, rescue, fantasy world, tomboy, good versus evil, love ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A little boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has dreamed of, until he unleashes an old secret that may not only destroy this perfect dream world but reality itself.
Style: stylized, semi serious, feel good, humorous, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: adventure, master villain, young heroes, family, friendship, heroic mission, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, danger, escapades, heroes, imaginary ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
The Pirate Fairy (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Zarina, a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities, flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell and her ...
Style: feel good, exciting, light, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: fairy, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, pirate, family, adventure, friendship, danger, female protagonist, sea, magic, island ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.9
 10K
Tinker Bell (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Journey into the secret world of Pixie Hollow and hear Tinker Bell speak for the very first time as the astonishing story of Disney's most famous fairy is finally revealed in the all-new motion picture "Tinker Bell."
Style: fairy tale, sweet, sincere, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: fairy, friendship, adventure, imaginary kingdom, female protagonist, magic, talent, self discovery, young heroes, fantasy world, kingdom, nature ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Return to Never Land (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada, Australia
Duration: 72 min.
Story: The classic tale of 'Peter Pan' continues in Disney's sequel 'Return to Never Land'. In 1940 on a world besieged by World War II, Wendy, now grown up, has two children, one of them is her daughter, Jane.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: island, kidnapping, adventure, pirate, friendship, fairy, family, young heroes, daring rescue, imaginary kingdom, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, year 1940
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 82K
Brother Bear (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When an impulsive boy named Kenai is magically transformed into a bear, he must literally walk in another's footsteps until he learns some valuable life lessons. His courageous and often zany journey introduces him to a forest full of wildlife, ...
Style: touching, humorous, fairy tale, inspirational, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, adventure, redemption, transformation, family, human becomes animal, self discovery, brother brother relationship, survival, talking animals, bear, inuit ...
Time: prehistory, 1890s, prehistoric times
Place: alaska, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The little prince (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the best-seller book 'The Little Prince', the movie tells the story of a little girl that lives with resignation in a world where efficiency and work are the only dogmas. Everything will change when accidentally she discovers her ...
Style: stylized, fairy tale, touching, sweet, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, imaginary, mysterious planet, airplane, philosophy, little boy, self discovery, imaginary kingdom, aviator, mentor, old man, little girl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, high school, friendship, teenage life, destiny, hopes, youth, urban, save the day, self discovery, high school life, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 49K
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphaned boy raised by underground creatures called Boxtrolls comes up from the sewers and out of his box to save his family and the town from the evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher.
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: fantasy world, good versus evil, family, adventure, friendship, young heroes, escapades, fish out of water, danger, disorder, prejudice, steampunk ...
Time: victorian
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.0
 112
Return to Oz (1964)
Genre: Animation, Family, Musical, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Rather than adapt a later or create a new Oz story, this production has Dorothy still in posession of the shoes, and she clings to an apple tree during a tornado which takes her back to Oz. The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Lion (using the names ...
Style: serious, feel good, touching, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, young heroes, good versus evil, self discovery, family, friendship, imaginary kingdom, righting the wronged, escapades, hopes, imaginary, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 87K
The Lorax (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Style: feel good, colourful, light, entertaining, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: family, obsessive quest, tree, friendship, environmentalism, adventure, young heroes, childhood, danger, talking animals, deforestation, happy ending ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.0
 103
Pinocchio (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: The Little Wooden Toy. The unforgettable story of a little wooden boy who longs with all his heart to become real. When a small spark of magic escapes from the Blue Fairy's home, it travels down toy maker Gepetto's chimney, bringing one ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, feel good, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: puppet, mischievous children, young heroes, pinocchio, adventure, miraculous event, wish come true, family, escapades, hopes, imaginary, parents and children ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maltazard, the Evil M, is now 7 feet tall and evolving among the humans, causing terror wherever he goes. His goal is simple: forming an army of giant henchmen and ruling over the universe. Meanwhile, Arthur is still a Minimoy, and thus in a state ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, light, tense ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, young heroes, friendship, heroic mission, rescue, escapades, family relations, disorder, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, danger, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, france, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and ...
Style: feel good, exciting, semi serious, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens
Plot: family, fantasy world, young heroes, fairy, friendship, disappearance, imaginary, treasure, princess, rescue, good versus evil, adventure ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: dungeon, connecticut, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%