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This is an original B1 Japanese poster, printed in 1988, for the release of “My Neighbor Totoro” (となりのトトロ).
“My Neighbor Totoro” is one of Miyazaki’s best-loved films. Totoro is a forest spirit that little Mei, and later her older sister Satsuki, encounter in a giant camphor tree near their new home in the countryside. Although their father, a university professor, is with them when they move, their mother is in the hospital, recovering from some unnamed illness. When Mei hears that her mother’s condition may be worsening, she resolves to visit her all by herself. When everyone realizes she’s missing, only Totoro knows how to find her!
It premiered alongside Grave of the Fireflies as a double-feature on April 16, 1988.
This poster is pretty common but also very expensive to get. It is one of the most iconic Studio Ghibli’s movie posters and, for that reason, is in super high demand.
In several of Miyazaki’s initial conceptual watercolors, as well as on this poster and on later home video releases, only one young girl is depicted, rather than two sisters. According to Miyazaki, “If she was a little girl who plays around in the yard, she wouldn’t be meeting her father at a bus stop, so we had to come up with two girls instead. And that was difficult”.
On the top of the poster, it states the following: “I’ve come to deliver something I’ve forgotten”. In the center it reads: “This strange creature is still in Japan. Maybe.” (このへんな生きものは まだ日本にいるのです。たぶん。).
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