Movies like My Neighbor Totoro

If you like "My Neighbor Totoro" you are looking for touching, feel good and offbeat movies about / with teaching the ways of the world, legends and myths, friendship, siblings relations, imaginary, adventure and supernatural themes of Animation, Family and Fantasy genre shot in Japan.
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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
 8.2
 234K
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: touching, feel good, offbeat, fairy tale, atmospheric, emotional, scenic, serious, stylized, sweet ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, legends and myths, friendship, siblings relations, imaginary, adventure, supernatural, parents and children, young heroes, sister sister relationship, supernatural ability, hospital, neighbor, family, unlikely friendships, magical, imaginary kingdom, youth, heroes, friends, family relations, hopes, fighting illness, creature, getting home ...
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 melancholic, fairy tale, stylized and semi serious films with plots about adventure, imaginary, friendship, fantasy world, mentor, youth and storytelling mostly in Animation, Fantasy and Family genres. Some movies like My Neighbor Totoro: Ponyo (2008), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 106K
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, sweet, scenic, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: fish, friendship, transformation, princess, family, adventure, ocean or sea, magical, imaginary kingdom, obsessive quest, mermaid, magic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, emotional, atmospheric, scenic, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, family, mysterious character, magical, adventure, miniature person, childhood, maid, secret, daring rescue, parents and children, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, 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, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, supernatural ability, cat, self discovery, wizards and magicians, adventure, friendship, young heroes, coming of age, friends, baking, seaside town ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 546K
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: surreal, atmospheric, offbeat, stylized, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, parallel world, supernatural, fantasy world, adventure, witch, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, friendship, dragon, rescue, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, atmospheric, fairy tale, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, curses spells and rituals, palaces castles and temples, self discovery, adventure, imaginary, love and romance, wizards and magicians, supernatural ability, magical, transformation, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 31K
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: atmospheric, heartbreaking, colourful, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, family relations, social relations, love, school, childhood, human becomes animal, supernatural, single mother, children, character study ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, 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, exciting, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: pirate, friendship, magic, imaginary kingdom, storm, princess, family secret, megalomaniac, chess, on the run, steampunk, pendant ...
Place: mine, wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ 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: humorous, semi serious, feel good, fairy tale, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, mouse, human animal relationship, chase, crow, sword fight, grass, tower, talking cat, prince, adventure ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, teenage life, coming of age, supernatural, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan, 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: touching, captivating, stylized, fairy tale, serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: young heroes, irish, lighthouse, dog, adventure, youth, chases and races, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, escapades, siblings relations, getting home ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, uplifting, sentimental, realistic, surreal ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: cat, teenage love, love, first love, coming of age, follow your dream, education, book, imagination, high school, library, writing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: italy, japan, tokyo, europe, asia
⇓ 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: princess, adventure, master warrior, danger, heroic mission, curses spells and rituals, in the woods, demon, heroes, wolf, wilderness, feral child ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 107
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: exciting, semi serious, stylized, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: puppet, friends, imaginary, family relations, young heroes, wizards and magicians, escapades, hopes, mischievous children, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, adventure ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 19K
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: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: transformation, environmentalism, deforestation, animal, anthropomorphism, environment, righting the wronged, rescue, imaginary, heroic mission, rivalry, emperor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ 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, humorous, semi serious, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: village, family, good versus evil, adventure, heroes, danger, youth, wise man, child birth, family relations, imaginary, daring rescue ...
Place: africa, tokyo, california, england
⇓ 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: stylized, atmospheric, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, emperor, bamboo, princess, family relations, in the woods, imaginary, parents and children, youth, wooing, japanese woman, friendship ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ 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, feel good, colourful, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, legends and myths, young heroes, fairy, monk, in the woods, trapped, monastery, sea monster, underwater, imaginary, obsessive quest ...
Time: middle ages
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, stylized, fairy tale, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens
Plot: fantasy world, fairy, family, young heroes, imaginary, friendship, treasure, disappearance, family relations, good versus evil, youth, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: dungeon, connecticut, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 6.0
 19K
The Pagemaster (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Tyler knows a lot about accidents. So much so, he is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While in an old library, he is mystically transported into the unknown world of books, and he ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, stylized, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, mischievous children, library, imaginary, young heroes, heroic mission, imaginary kingdom, getting home, fish out of water, imagination, fantasy world, lone hero ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.9
 114
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: atmospheric, sincere, serious, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: hopes, family, wizards and magicians, rivalry, friendship, human spirit, heroes, good versus evil, self discovery, youth, escapades, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: island, kidnapping, fairy, friendship, pirate, flying, mermaid, adventure, family, escapades, imaginary kingdom, family relations ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1950s, 1940s, year 1940
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 85K
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: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, adventure, redemption, family, human becomes animal, transformation, self discovery, brother brother relationship, animals, self sacrifice, survival, inuit ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times, 1890s
Place: alaska, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: It's Halloween in the 100 Acre Wood, and Roo's best new friend, Lumpy, is looking forward to his first time trick-or-treating. That is, until Tigger warns them about the scary Gobloon, who'll turn them into jack-o'-lanterns if he ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: halloween, heroes, animal life, friends, escapades, young heroes, family life, disorder, friendship, youth, rescue, best friends ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: During a summer stay on the mainland, Tinker Bell is accidentally discovered while investigating a little girl's fairy house. As the other fairies, led by the brash Vidia, launch a daring rescue in the middle of a fierce storm, Tink develops a ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, semi serious, fairy tale
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: fairy, friends, rescue, imaginary kingdom, young heroes, mischievous children, curses spells and rituals, exploit, heroes, disorder, escapades, family ...
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The little ponies send out a search party for Lickity Split and Spike, while the witch Hydia decides to make the Smooze, an unstoppable purple ooze that will eat and destroy everything in its path.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: young heroes, imaginary, unlikely partners, heroic mission, friends, imaginary kingdom, wish come true, adventure, escapades, animal life, heroes, rescue ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Pinocchio 3000 (2004)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, France, Spain, Germany
Duration: 80 min.
Story: This is the story of a little robot known as Pinocchio 3000 whose greatest wish is to become a real boy. The year is 3000. Geppetto, with the help of his faithful assistant, Spencer the cyber penguin, and by the holographic fairy Cyberina, creates ...
Style: semi serious, stylized, humorous, exciting, touching ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: wish come true, parents and children, curses spells and rituals, a.i., adventure, youth, disorder, young heroes, mischievous children, androids and robots, inventions and discoveries, family ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, self discovery, philosophy, little boy, imaginary kingdom, social differences, surrealism, aviator, little girl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 50K
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: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: good versus evil, fantasy world, friendship, adventure, family, young heroes, disorder, fish out of water, escapades, danger, prejudice, steampunk ...
Time: victorian
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy (1997)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Son Goku Jr. is the grand-grandson of the legendary warrior Son Goku, unlike his predecessor he's not a brave fighter. He's constantly picked on by school bullies, his grandmother Pan sees this and she's worried, but even tough Goku ...
Style: feel good, stylized, semi serious, suspenseful, humorous ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: master warrior, superhuman powers, battles, rivalry, supernatural ability, heroes, obsessive quest, danger, supernatural, martial arts, healing power, young heroes ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
 89K
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: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: family, obsessive quest, tree, childhood, friendship, environmentalism, young heroes, danger, greed, adventure, deforestation, talking animals ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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