Movies like My Neighbor Totoro

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My Neighbor Totoro
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, fairy tale, feel good, serious, sweet, offbeat, colourful, stylized, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, friendship, hospital, family, children, mischievous children, happy ending, childhood, imagination, fantasy world, magic, storytelling, sisters, supernatural ability, firefly, countryside, unlikely friendships, runaway, young heroes, mentor, loneliness, good versus evil, transformation, idealism, beautiful scenery ...
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 melancholic, stylized, colourful and clever films with plots about storytelling, childhood, fantasy world, runaway, transformation, mentor and friendship mostly in Animation, Fantasy and Family genres. Some movies like My Neighbor Totoro: Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Ponyo (2008), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Kiki's Delivery Service
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, semi serious, twists and turns, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: witch, friendship, coming of age, self discovery, adventure, family, magic, cat, supernatural ability, innocence lost, witches, childhood ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   92%
 
 7.7
 102K
Ponyo
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: atmospheric, touching, semi serious, emotional, breathtaking ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, friendship, fish, family, transformation, magic, love, young heroes, princess, imagination, ocean, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   90%
    User:   100%
 
The Secret World of Arrietty
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, serious, melancholic, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, family, coming of age, mysterious character, storytelling, childhood, imagination, fantasy world, children, kids and family, imaginary kingdom, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   84%
    User:   100%
 
 8.6
 523K
Spirited Away
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: fairy tale, colourful, surreal, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: magic, human becomes animal, greed, adventure, fantasy world, ghost town, good versus evil, surrealism, friendship, rescue, family, philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   77%
    User:   71%
 
Howl's Moving Castle
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: stylized, atmospheric, touching, serious, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, adventure, transformation, steampunk, romance, magic, palaces castles and temples, curses spells and rituals, fantasy world, wizards, imagination, witches ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   77%
    User:   100%
 
Castle in the Sky
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, fairy tale, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, chase, magic, friendship, steampunk, pirate, island, imagination, young heroes, fantasy world, storytelling, childhood ...
Place: mine, japan, tokyo, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   100%
 
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
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, friendship, parents and children, firefly, childhood, storytelling, imagination, in the woods, art, imaginary, fantasy world, life ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   100%
 
Song of the Sea
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, stylized, serious, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, irish, witch, young heroes, storytelling, children, mythology, fantasy world, childhood, family bonds, imagination, magic ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   67%
 
From Up on Poppy Hill
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: realistic, atmospheric, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: friendship, destiny, coming of age, teenage life, fantasy world, storytelling, love story, hopes, romance, mentor, family, imagination ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   39%
 
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the ...
Style: stylized, futuristic, epic, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventure, ecology, apocalypse, good versus evil, war, coming of age, environmental, steampunk, androids and robots, fantasy world, imagination, storytelling ...
Time: future, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   51%
 
Kirikou and the Sorceress
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, fairy tale, humorous, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: adventure, family, good versus evil, magic, young heroes, witch, village, children, fantasy world, rescue, storytelling, childhood ...
Place: africa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   38%
 
The Cat Returns
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, fairy tale, humorous, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, friendship, rescue, cat, fantasy world, imagination, magic, imaginary kingdom, alternate universe, childhood, storytelling, danger ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   100%
 
 7.4
 18K
Pom Poko
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, environment, master villain, firefly, ecology, environmental, talking animals, humanity, rescue, heroic mission, animals, mythology ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   47%
 
 8.2
 28K
Wolf Children
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: sentimental, offbeat, semi serious, stylized, heartbreaking ...
Plot: children, coming of age, wilderness, love, school, parents and children, childhood, storytelling, loneliness, imagination, supernatural romance, small town ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   100%
 
The Secret of Kells
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: stylized, serious, fairy tale, exciting, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: good versus evil, storytelling, book, monastery, young heroes, adventure, mythology, irish, imagination, art, fantasy world, in the woods ...
Time: middle ages
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   32%
 
Whisper of the Heart
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, surreal, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, imagination, love, friendship, romance, school, teenager, follow your dream, cat, love story, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   42%
 
The Castle of Cagliostro
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills", he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible - and steal any other treasures ...
Style: humorous, stylized, futuristic, semi serious, exciting ...
Plot: adventure, chase, samurai, treasure, palaces castles and temples, master villain, firefly, fantasy world, cons and scams, storytelling, giant robots, corruption ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   36%
 
Return to Never Land
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, semi serious, humorous, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, island, family, young heroes, disney, magic, revenge, daring rescue, fantasy world, betrayal, imaginary kingdom, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1940, 1940s, 1950s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   39%
 
 6.8
 82K
Brother Bear
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, semi serious, feel good, humorous, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: redemption, adventure, friendship, family, transformation, native americans, vengeance, disney, coming of age, revenge, animals, hunting ...
Time: prehistory, 1890s, prehistoric times
Place: antarctica, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   45%
 
Princess Mononoke
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: atmospheric, stylized, epic, serious, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventure, wilderness, friendship, mythology, violence, princess, environmental, moral ambiguity, nature, transformation, dark hero, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages, 16th century, 15th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   36%
 
The little prince
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, semi serious, fairy tale, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, philosophy, desert, imaginary, childhood, imagination, storytelling, friends, fantasy world, runaway, mentor, literature ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   45%
 
When Marnie Was There
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, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, coming of age, supernatural, loneliness, unlikely friendships, secrets, relationships, fantasy world, haunted by the past, village, magic realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   100%
 
 7.8
 58K
Porco Rosso
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Porco Rosso, known in Japan as Crimson Pig (Kurenai no Buta) is the sixth animated film by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 1992. You're introduced to an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, feel good, humorous, breathtaking ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: adventure, transformation, fascism, romance, aviation, adventurer, imagination, storytelling, fantasy world, daring rescue, mentor, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   40%
 
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 47 min.
Story: Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his glowing nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, fairy tale, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: island, adventure, christmas, family, toys, good versus evil, holiday, young heroes, childhood, children, rescue, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   32%
 
Arthur Christmas
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Each Christmas, Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, when one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed ...
Style: humorous, stylized, feel good, semi serious, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: family, christmas, holiday, young heroes, dysfunctional family, storytelling, children, race against time, adventure, imaginary, childhood, santa claus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, cuba, mexico, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   39%
 
 8.0
 2K
The Point
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Years ago, there was a place called The Land of Point, because everything in The Land of Point had one: the barns, the houses, the cars, everything, even the people. Everyone in The Land of Point had a point at the top of its head. Everyone, that ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, psychedelic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: family, dog, adventure, misfit, childhood, youth, imagination, fantasy world, memory, social misfits, isolation, sexual abuse ...
Place: canada, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   39%
 
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 26 min.
Story: Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, sweet, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, family, obsession, dog, adventure, village, goofy hero, monster, hidden identity, greed, childhood ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
The Polar Express
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Style: stylized, feel good, semi serious, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, family, adventure, holiday, train, magic, young heroes, children, childhood, kids and family, self discovery, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   100%
 
The Last Unicorn
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, West Germany, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually ...
Style: stylized, touching, semi serious, fairy tale, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: magic, adventure, good versus evil, friendship, music, transformation, witch, happy ending, curses spells and rituals, fantasy world, love, wizards ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   29%
 
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, atmospheric, fairy tale, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dragon, family, adventure, sacrifice, friendship, warrior, adventurer, fantasy world, storytelling, save the day, viking, unlikely friendships ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   36%
 
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