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First published by Tokuma Shoten Co., Ltd. in Japan.


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First published by Tokuma Shoten Co., Ltd. in Japan.

30 review for The Art of My Neighbor Totoro

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~Jo~

    This beautiful book is essential reading, for any Studio Ghibli fan, and for any person, that desires to learn more about the art and work, that went into the making of the incredible film, My Neighbour Totoro. This film, is one of my personal favourites from Studio Ghibli, and I think it is impossible to actually dislike it. It is one of this films that you watch, and afterwards, you just cannot stop smiling. I just love it. The book showcases the gorgeous art from the film, and pays attention t This beautiful book is essential reading, for any Studio Ghibli fan, and for any person, that desires to learn more about the art and work, that went into the making of the incredible film, My Neighbour Totoro. This film, is one of my personal favourites from Studio Ghibli, and I think it is impossible to actually dislike it. It is one of this films that you watch, and afterwards, you just cannot stop smiling. I just love it. The book showcases the gorgeous art from the film, and pays attention to the rich colours and effects, and we are told how they achieved those. The imagination behind this is amazing, and I just love the whimsical cat bus. What I'd give, to have a ride on one of those! This was a real treat, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    For any fan of Studio Ghibli you will eventually come across certain titles - both for the fame and for their beauty. My Neighbour Totoro is probably at the top or at least very close to it (of course it is subjective and very personal). However you cannot ignore the impact this film (and by rights Studio Ghibli) has had on popular culture and this book charts both the film that spawned them and the story that gave them life. After all how many iconic characters can we identify and yet know next For any fan of Studio Ghibli you will eventually come across certain titles - both for the fame and for their beauty. My Neighbour Totoro is probably at the top or at least very close to it (of course it is subjective and very personal). However you cannot ignore the impact this film (and by rights Studio Ghibli) has had on popular culture and this book charts both the film that spawned them and the story that gave them life. After all how many iconic characters can we identify and yet know next to nothing about them or the story that they came from. This book not only charts the film (reading the notes there references to the fact that sections where not even storyboarded they just developed as they progressed - now how many films could make a claim like that). But the book also discusses the technicalities of some of the scenes and how the effects were achieved- after all we are talking about flat images - something that live action filming often would take for granted. This book is part of a library of titles covering off the majority of the major productions. I have not got them all (come on give me time) but it would appear that they form a pictorial history of the studios crowning achievements. Even if you are not a fan of anime you have to respect the art and the creativity

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    It's A stunning book. If you love the film as much as I do I would highly recommend this book. It show the whole creation process of the film showing a lot of the rough water colours to more refined character design sketches, concept art work and the finished backgrounds and cell animation. One part I really liked was how much though was put into the designs like the blue print drawing showing the full layout of the house. If the other Ghibli books are of this quality I would love to add more to m It's A stunning book. If you love the film as much as I do I would highly recommend this book. It show the whole creation process of the film showing a lot of the rough water colours to more refined character design sketches, concept art work and the finished backgrounds and cell animation. One part I really liked was how much though was put into the designs like the blue print drawing showing the full layout of the house. If the other Ghibli books are of this quality I would love to add more to my collection, especially Princess Mononoke and Kiki's Delivery Service.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    So. Flippin'. Beautiful. So. Flippin'. Beautiful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tatsuhiro Sato

    This book is the blueprint, shows how real magic happens, it takes unimaginable hardwork + creativity with nobounds + strive for nothing but perfection . Hayao Miyazaki and whole Studio Ghibli Team truly master the art and spirit of animation. All the Studio Ghibli/ Miyazaki movies are masterpiece. The art work is truly magical.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    I loved this so, so much! My Neighbor Totoro is one of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies and reading this book made me fall in love with it all over again! If you're a Studio Ghibli fan, I can't recommend this book enough! Blog|Instagram|YouTube|Twitch|Ko-fi I loved this so, so much! My Neighbor Totoro is one of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies and reading this book made me fall in love with it all over again! If you're a Studio Ghibli fan, I can't recommend this book enough! Blog|Instagram|YouTube|Twitch|Ko-fi

  7. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (Picture source: parkablogs.com) Fans of Miyazaki's movies won't be disappointed by this book. It has lots of concept art, sketches, water colour storyboards, character design and beautiful paintings of the countryside. Some of the art are captioned by Miyazaki to give you insight into the scenes. At the end of the book is a summary of the film's production process. There are interviews with key production staff, including the music director Joe Hisaishi. This book is easily a classic, just like (Picture source: parkablogs.com) Fans of Miyazaki's movies won't be disappointed by this book. It has lots of concept art, sketches, water colour storyboards, character design and beautiful paintings of the countryside. Some of the art are captioned by Miyazaki to give you insight into the scenes. At the end of the book is a summary of the film's production process. There are interviews with key production staff, including the music director Joe Hisaishi. This book is easily a classic, just like the anime movie itself. This review was first published on parkablogs.com. There are more pictures and videos on my blog.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amle

    This art book is full of wonderful pictures; from the first character designs, storyboard images and concept sketches, to the cel art for the film. With image descriptions and the occasional quote from Miyazaki and the art director, Oga, you see the attention to detail, the light, the colours, the textures and the pure joy of the story reflect from every page. A book to revisit many times in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana Dengo

    These are always a treat. If you are a fan of the movies, don't think twice before buying this. You get to spend as much time as you want drooling over the flawlessly inspiring scenery. These are always a treat. If you are a fan of the movies, don't think twice before buying this. You get to spend as much time as you want drooling over the flawlessly inspiring scenery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I might not be impartial (as a Miyazaki fan) but ... great book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Viez

    Miyazaki's work is one of a kind. I remember, when I last watched the movie, being entranced, not just by the heart-warming story, but by the artwork. I could see that the My Neighbor Totoro crew poured their entire heart into the film, and that's whats makes it special. This book highlights the early stages of the film, which includes concept art, and key aspects of the finished film. It also includes commentary for some illustrations from Miyazaki, and an interview with Miyazaki, musician Joe Miyazaki's work is one of a kind. I remember, when I last watched the movie, being entranced, not just by the heart-warming story, but by the artwork. I could see that the My Neighbor Totoro crew poured their entire heart into the film, and that's whats makes it special. This book highlights the early stages of the film, which includes concept art, and key aspects of the finished film. It also includes commentary for some illustrations from Miyazaki, and an interview with Miyazaki, musician Joe Hisaishi, the voice actors, and the rest of the crew, from like, thirty years ago, before the movie wasn't completed yet. Also, this is random, but, uh, who would've known the Big Totoro was like 1,000-something years old... Weird.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Mosier Warren

    I finished this in an evening. It was like a warm hug or a bowl of stew on a cold day or a weighted blanket. Miyazaki creates stories that are heartwarming and kind, but also thoughtful and explore truths about people and the world around us. This book captures not only the essence of Totoro, but also gives an interesting glimpse into the mind behind it. I really loved this. The artwork is stunning.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Concept art, paintings, and cell images, which are all beautiful. Plus tidbits about the process and interviews with some of the people who worked on the film. I, of course, rewatched the film right after I finished the book. Lovely.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angel Anton

    Lovely book about the film's art Lovely book about the film's art

  15. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    I re-watches this recently for the first time as an adult and noticed so much I hadn't before. It was great to see the art and all the details! I re-watches this recently for the first time as an adult and noticed so much I hadn't before. It was great to see the art and all the details!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Trung

    This is absolutely fantastic book for Ghibli fan, especially Totoro.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ayacchi

    It's nice to see how My Neighbor Totoro was supposed to be. Always a fan of Studio Ghibli! It's nice to see how My Neighbor Totoro was supposed to be. Always a fan of Studio Ghibli!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Antara

    This is wholesome

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was such a gem. I loved the artwork and getting some background information about how the film was made. The art is just so stunning and it really made me relive the movie, which I loved.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bia Linsbear

    maybe i'm biased bc im a huge fan of this movie and a film student but this was fucking excellent! maybe i'm biased bc im a huge fan of this movie and a film student but this was fucking excellent!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jo Cameron-Symes

    A lovely book that shows the development of my favourite Ghibli film.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Malin

    worth reading in any case but especcially if you're in love with the Little Details of the movie... and the production report at the end of the book even made me cry. Truly beautiful. worth reading in any case but especcially if you're in love with the Little Details of the movie... and the production report at the end of the book even made me cry. Truly beautiful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    If you're a fan of the Disney art books like I am, then you'll notice a few differences between those books and the Ghibli art books. I wish that there had been more concept art and character design sketches in this book. There are some, but I feel like there's could have been more. I also feel that the layout could have used some work. In an art book I'd rather not see an image split between two pages unless it's a full page spread. In this book they frequently have a small image in the middle If you're a fan of the Disney art books like I am, then you'll notice a few differences between those books and the Ghibli art books. I wish that there had been more concept art and character design sketches in this book. There are some, but I feel like there's could have been more. I also feel that the layout could have used some work. In an art book I'd rather not see an image split between two pages unless it's a full page spread. In this book they frequently have a small image in the middle of the book straddling the crack. This bothered me and for this I'm only giving the book four out of five stars. The interviews with the staff who worked on the film do not disappoint! The information is insightful and fascinating, making me yearn for the time period in which the film takes place. The details about colouring and setting up scenes and backgrounds have made me look at the film in a new way. I can't wait to watch My Neighbour Totoro again. This book has earned its place on my bookshelf alongside my other art books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Canesgalactica

    Another one of those art books that Studio Ghibli has so graciously put out. This book is mostly images (as one would expect), but is really devoid of concept sketches or pre-production sketches. It focuses a lot more on the cel techniques they employed with the making of this film as well as describing things they did to get a more cinematic feel or concept they were going for. There are *some* concept sketches at the beginning, but as mentioned, most of this focuses on the cel art itself (which Another one of those art books that Studio Ghibli has so graciously put out. This book is mostly images (as one would expect), but is really devoid of concept sketches or pre-production sketches. It focuses a lot more on the cel techniques they employed with the making of this film as well as describing things they did to get a more cinematic feel or concept they were going for. There are *some* concept sketches at the beginning, but as mentioned, most of this focuses on the cel art itself (which it is an art book about a film, so I suppose that is to be expected). Beginning of the book is concept images, then cel animation, then techniques and then there is a semi-decent production log that includes various interviews and thoughts from Miyazaki, Hisashi, and others. I just felt this book was a bit lacking. I think I was honestly hoping for more in depth discussion about the film and this book falls really flat on that account.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy M

    I finally had the chance to look at this book and it's just as good as I'd hoped. I will definitely be adding it to my personal library. I may be biased as "My Neighbor, Totoro" is my favourite Miyazaki/Studio Film, but this is a gorgeous book. It contains early concept art by Miyazaki, original cell art from the film, and lots of storyboards, and beautiful background paintings. For anyone who has seen a Ghibli film will know that the settings always stand out on a technical level rarely seen in I finally had the chance to look at this book and it's just as good as I'd hoped. I will definitely be adding it to my personal library. I may be biased as "My Neighbor, Totoro" is my favourite Miyazaki/Studio Film, but this is a gorgeous book. It contains early concept art by Miyazaki, original cell art from the film, and lots of storyboards, and beautiful background paintings. For anyone who has seen a Ghibli film will know that the settings always stand out on a technical level rarely seen in other animated features, so it was nice to see those in print. I can't wait to take a look at the other "Art of..." books of Studio Ghibli films!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I love this art book. It really helps show how Miyazaki designed the look of the film in some quick sketches that look like splotches of color and shapes and yet they're complex enough for you to see where he was going with his concept. His concept looks like finished pieces or still frames from the film. He's amazing and his quick sketches look great for a "quick sketch". He's a genius in my opinion and he's so humble about it which makes him more awesome. My Neighbor Totoro is one of my favori I love this art book. It really helps show how Miyazaki designed the look of the film in some quick sketches that look like splotches of color and shapes and yet they're complex enough for you to see where he was going with his concept. His concept looks like finished pieces or still frames from the film. He's amazing and his quick sketches look great for a "quick sketch". He's a genius in my opinion and he's so humble about it which makes him more awesome. My Neighbor Totoro is one of my favorite films, and Totoro is probably my favorite drawn character. His shape is simple, but his personality and expressions makes him seem more dear to me even though he never speaks. I love this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beatriz Andrea Fernandez

    Although I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli's work and loved this collection of images, I felt that the book, as a whole, could have used more explanations. I think the story and design choices of this film are so subtle and nuanced and I would have loved an opportunity to really see how these decisions were made. As it stands, there is very little of that except for a few interviews towards the end. Having said that, there are some interesting tidbits about the production that would interest fans Although I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli's work and loved this collection of images, I felt that the book, as a whole, could have used more explanations. I think the story and design choices of this film are so subtle and nuanced and I would have loved an opportunity to really see how these decisions were made. As it stands, there is very little of that except for a few interviews towards the end. Having said that, there are some interesting tidbits about the production that would interest fans.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This art book is amazing! Not only does it show original concept sketches and storyboards, but it includes tons of behind-the-scenes information and interviews from Miyazaki and other key members of Studio Ghibli. I loved learning more about one of my favorite films, and I cannot believe that it took over 10 years for Miyazaki to finally be able to make it! I wish I could live in this book so that I could spend my days enjoying such beautiful natural scenery, riding the catbus through the Japane This art book is amazing! Not only does it show original concept sketches and storyboards, but it includes tons of behind-the-scenes information and interviews from Miyazaki and other key members of Studio Ghibli. I loved learning more about one of my favorite films, and I cannot believe that it took over 10 years for Miyazaki to finally be able to make it! I wish I could live in this book so that I could spend my days enjoying such beautiful natural scenery, riding the catbus through the Japanese countryside, and playing ocarinas with the Totoros!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shayla Mahi

    Any of the art books from Studio Ghibli is an enchanting, visual, orgasm. This book (much like the others) contains concept artwork of 1. what the characters could have looked like and 2. the characters we are familiar with. I absolutely love Miyazaki's simple watercolor storyboards and this book contains a lot of them! Any of the art books from Studio Ghibli is an enchanting, visual, orgasm. This book (much like the others) contains concept artwork of 1. what the characters could have looked like and 2. the characters we are familiar with. I absolutely love Miyazaki's simple watercolor storyboards and this book contains a lot of them!

  30. 4 out of 5

    krad

    + consistent high quality of art as to be expected from Studio Ghlibi + fascinating information in annotations and captions + extensive section on new animation techniques + good mix of storyboards, concept art, character art, and background art - feels slightly lacking in content in comparison to other Studio Ghlibi books

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