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‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is returning to theaters 30 years after its release

The movie’s re-release is part of Studio Ghibli Fest.


Michelle Jaworski


My Neighbor Totoro was a game-changer for Studio Ghibli when it was first released in theaters, and 30 years after its initial release, fans will get another chance to see it on the big screen.

The beloved children’s film is returning to theaters Sept. 30, Oct. 1, and Oct. 3 as part of Studio Ghibli Fest, the movie festival from GKIDS (which distributes Studio Ghibli movies in North America) and Fathom Events that allows audiences to see several Studio Ghibli films in theaters. Now in its second year, the festival is featuring even more movies than last, with My Neighbor Totoro being a repeat; Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky will screen later this year.

While it debuted in theaters paired with Grave of the Fireflies in 1988, My Neighbor Totoro wasn’t discovered by a sizeable American audience until its home release several years later. Since then, it’s received a new dubbing and remained a favorite, even as the Studio Ghibli library grew.

You’ll even have your choice of how to view it. The Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 screenings of My Neighbor Totoro feature the dubbed version of the film while the Sept. 1 screening will be in Japanese with subtitles.


You can find a screening near you through Fathom Events’ website.

H/T AV Club

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