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Studio Ghibli's 'Tortoro' Turns 25

VIZ Media releases “My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel” and a new edition of the “My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the film.


San Francisco, CA -- VIZ Media celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki’s landmark film with the October 1st release of My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel and a new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book.

In the charming animation classic My Neighbor Totoro, eleven-year-old Satsuki and her sassy little sister Mei have moved to the country to be closer to their ailing mother. While their father is working, the girls explore their sprawling old house and the forest and fields that surround it. Soon, Satsuki and Mei discover Totoro, a magical forest spirit who takes them on fantastic adventures through the trees and the clouds – and teaches them a lesson about trusting one another.

My Neighbor Totoro was created by famed director Hayao Miyazaki and released as a feature film in 1988 by his Studio Ghibli, which also produced Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo. Totoro’s popularity soon became an international phenomenon and has spawned a vast array of adorable plush characters, toys, collectables and other memorabilia.

My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel Available October 1, 2013 The superbly animated classic by legendary Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki is now retold in a novel written by Tsugiko Kubo. This prestigious hardcover edition also features original watercolor illustrations by Miyazaki himself, accompanying a story written by veteran children's book author Tsugiko Kubo. Sure to delight both existing fans and new readers! 

My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book New Edition Available October 1, 2013 This companion, full-color book to My Neighbor Totoro f eatures artwork taken directly from the movie. The updated edition also features new cover design and allows parents and children to relive Totoro's magical adventures with scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue.

My Neighbor Totoro was one of the most beloved animated movies ever created by Studio Ghibli, and new and veteran fans alike will now be able to enjoy the adventures of this whimsical gentle forest spirit in a variety of fun ways throughout 2013,” says Masumi Washington, Sr. Editorial Director, Editorial Production. “The gorgeously illustrated My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel brings Hayao Miyazaki’s classic story to life for readers, and the new edition of the picture book will be a perfect complement to the release later this year of the My Neighbor Totoro 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray.”

Source: VIZ Media