Movies like My Neighbor Totoro

If you like "My Neighbor Totoro" you are looking for offbeat, feel good and fairy tale movies about / with magical, countryside, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, imaginary, siblings relations and friendship themes of Animation, Family and Fantasy genre shot in Japan.
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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
 8.2
 274K
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, fairy tale, sweet, atmospheric, touching, emotional, scenic, serious, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: magical, countryside, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, imaginary, siblings relations, friendship, legends and myths, parents and children, family, supernatural, young heroes, sister sister relationship, hospital, unlikely friendships, childhood, supernatural ability, imaginary kingdom, super strength, children, neighbor, youth, heroes, friends, family relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 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, touching, stylized and visually appealing films with plots about adventure, friendship, childhood, storytelling, fantasy world, imaginary and mentor mostly in Animation, Family and Fantasy genres. Some movies like My Neighbor Totoro: Ponyo (2008), Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), The Cat Returns (2002), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 119K
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, sweet, scenic, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, magical, ocean or sea, fish, mermaid, transformation, adventure, princess, obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, magic, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 621K
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, stylized, offbeat, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, fantasy world, ghost, witch, adventure, rescue, dragon, imaginary, supernatural, friendship, curses spells and rituals, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, fairy tale, atmospheric, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, self discovery, adventure, imaginary, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, magical, wizards and magicians, love and romance, palaces castles and temples, fantasy world, steampunk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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: feel good, humorous, fairy tale, colourful, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, prince, talking cat, adventure, rescue, human animal relationship, friendship, magic, family relations, mischievous children, disorder ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, scenic, fairy tale, sweet, serious ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, miniature person, family, midget, adventure, little people, childhood, parents and children, daring rescue, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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: feel good, touching, humorous, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, supernatural ability, self discovery, adventure, cat, wizards and magicians, friendship, young heroes, coming of age, talking animals, friends, talking cat ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, countryside, teenage life, loneliness, self discovery, young girl, childhood, dream, village, estate, youth, photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ 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: fairy tale, touching, captivating, colourful, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, lighthouse, supernatural ability, young heroes, ocean or sea, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, mythical creature, legends and myths, danger, escapades, lighthouse keeper ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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: stylized, atmospheric, semi serious, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: steampunk, pirate, mine, friendship, magic, imaginary kingdom, chess, megalomaniac, family secret, princess, on the run, pendant ...
Place: wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.1
 37K
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: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, family relations, parents and children, wolf, childhood, human becomes animal, social relations, single mother, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, follow your dream, first love, teenage life, love and romance, love, fall in love, self discovery, high school life, cat, education, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.3
 23K
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, allegory, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: animals, transformation, environmentalism, testicles, animal, anthropomorphism, deforestation, environment, good versus evil, emperor, suburban life, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ 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: touching, stylized, atmospheric, melancholic, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, emperor, coming of age, youth, friendship, little girl, parents and children, family relations, japanese woman, female protagonist, children, dream ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father ...
Style: breathtaking, stylized, atmospheric, touching, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: samurai, storytelling, creativity, magic, talking animals, origami, adventure, strong female character, sword, friendship, imagination, destiny ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Pokemon Heroes (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Ash, Pikachu and his friends try and stop a pair of thieves hiding out in the canals and alleyways of Alto Mare, the age-old water capital. Joining the adventure are two new legendary Pokémon, a pair of siblings named Latias and Latios, who serve ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, melancholic, cult film ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: pokemon, family, superhero, adventure, gang, good versus evil, adventurer, friends, heroic mission, imaginary kingdom, pirate, rescue ...
Time: 2000s, future
Place: japan, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: feel good, semi serious, exciting, humorous, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: family relations, village, family, good versus evil, adventure, rivalry, friendship, wizards and magicians, young heroes, hopes, parents and children, escapades ...
Place: africa, tokyo, california, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Hungary
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: stylized, exciting, serious, feel good, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: in the woods, adventure, fairy, legends and myths, viking, good versus evil, monk, trapped, monastery, underwater, obsessive quest, imaginary ...
Time: middle ages
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ 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: captivating, emotional, exciting, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wolf, adventure, demon, mythology, heroic mission, good versus evil, princess, danger, talking animals, curses spells and rituals, in the woods, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The little prince (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Canada, Italy, USA, China
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: preschoolers, family outing
Plot: adventure, imaginary, self discovery, philosophy, little boy, life philosophy, imaginary kingdom, social differences, surrealism, mysterious planet, friends, old man ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France
Duration: 75 min.
Story: The film is a sub-story to Kirikou and the Sorceress rather than a straight sequel. The movie is set while Kirikou is still a child and Karaba is still a sorceress. Like Princes et princesses and Les Contes de la nuit, it is an anthology film ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, exciting
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, youth, animal life, young heroes, rivalry, danger, village, escapades, imaginary, musician's life, family, wizards and magicians ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 792K
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, ...
Style: sweet, feel good, funny, humorous, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, date night
Plot: friendship, monster, adventure, imaginary, rivalry, creature, fear, parallel world, friends, invisibility, kidnapping, villain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: himalaya
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Tigger Movie (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: As it happens, everybody - Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Roo, Rabbit, Owl - is busy preparing a suitable winter home for Eeyore. When everything they do seems to get undone by Tigger's exuberant bouncing, Rabbit suggest Tigger go outside and find other ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: friendship, rescue, adventure, heroic mission, escapades, disorder, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, tiger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: When a sprite named Crysta shrinks a human boy, Zak, down to her size, he vows to help the magical fairy folk stop a greedy logging company from destroying their home, the pristine rainforest known as FernGully. Zak and his new friends fight to ...
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: fairy, adventure, good versus evil, environment, imaginary kingdom, magic, in the woods, jungle, fish out of water, young lovers, ecological disaster, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 68 min.
Story: Who or what exactly is a Heffalump? The lovable residents of the Hundred Acre Wood -- Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and the rest of the pack -- embark on a journey of discovery in search of the elusive Heffalump. But as is always ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, sweet, talky ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: winnie the pooh, disney, friendship, happy ending, talking animals, family, elephant, children, adventure, childhood, storytelling, forest ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 281
Pinocchio (2012)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country: Italy, Luxembourg, France, Belgium
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Geppetto the carpenter carves the object of his hidden desires out of a log: a puppet that will keep him company and will be like a son to him. He will call him Pinocchio. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that the puppet moves, as if by magic, ...
Style: fairy tale, sincere, captivating, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, parents and children, escapades, young heroes, youth, pinocchio, puppet, education, transformation, fairy, carpenter, friendship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Mai Mai Miracle (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In 1955 in western Japan, nine-year-old Shinko knows she comes from a family that dates back to over a thousand years. This long genealogy and stories about it feed her daydreams: she invents an imaginary friendship with a young girl in the Japan of ...
Style: feel good, entertaining, captivating, light, touching ...
Plot: family relations, daydreamer, friendship, imaginary character, pretense, make believe, legends and myths, small town, youth, childhood, girl, coming of age ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, 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: feel good, exciting, atmospheric, touching, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: dragon, friendship, family, happy ending, adventure, imaginary, vikings, warrior, imaginary kingdom, training, unlikely friendships, journey ...
Place: scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Spain, Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Once upon a time there were two children nursed by same woman. Azur, a blonde, blue-eyed son of a noblewoman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they fought and loved each other as brothers do. As grown ups, they ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, stylized, humorous, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: fairy, imaginary kingdom, genie, curses spells and rituals, wish come true, imaginary, family, obsessive quest, friends, legends and myths, orphan, heroes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.8
 122
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: feel good, touching, semi serious, exciting, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: puppet, hopes, family, escapades, imaginary, parents and children, adventure, mischievous children, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world, friends, miraculous event ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.5
 524
The Great Bear (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Denmark
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Jonathan, 11, usually spends his vacations alone with his grandfather who lives on the edge of a vast forest populated by mythical animals. This year his kid sister Sophie joins him. But it's not cool to be stuck with a little sister, so he ...
Style: feel good, stylized, suspenseful, exciting, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, family relations, rescue, animal life, family, siblings relations, imaginary, escapades, heroes, young heroes, danger, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%