Totoro in Toy Story 3

29 May

Do you know 宮崎駿 (Hayao Miyazaki)?
He is the Japanese master animator. His studio, 「スタジオジブリ」 (Ghibli Studios), has released some of the best アニメ (cartoons) ever, not only in Japan…but in the world.

In the same way as the master American animator, Walt Disney,…Mr. Miyazaki draws his cartoons completely “by hand”.

Some of Ghibi Studios’ masterpiece movies include: 「ホタルの墓」 (“Grave of the Fireflies“), 「魔女の宅急便」 (“Kiki’s Delivery Service“), 「千と千尋の神隠し」 (“Spirited Away“) and 「となりのトトロ」 (“My Neighbor Totoro“).

Movie poster for 「となりのトトロ」 ("My Neighbor Totoro")

In the movie 「となりのトトロ」 (“My Neighbor Totoro“), Totoro is a big spirit that helps two young sisters deal with the stress of recently moving to a new house in the countryside, and their mother is in the hospital and their father works long hours.

Have you seen this movie? Just like all of Mr. Miyazaki’s films, it’s quite good.

And then do you know the American “Pixar Studios” movie company?
They have also released some great movies. But their style is quite different from “Ghibli Studios“…for one thing, unlike Ghibli’s hand-drawn work, Pixar movies are made using computer technology.

A Bug’s Life“, “Monster’s Inc.“, “Cars” and “Toy Story” are all Pixar films.

Well, the people at “Pixar Studios” wanted to pay tribute to Hayao Miyazaki.
So, in the soon-to-be-released Pixar film “Toy Story 3” the Ghibli Studios character “Totoro” makes a cameo appearance!

"Totoro" is sitting next to "Woody" in 'Toy Story 3'

22 Responses to “Totoro in Toy Story 3”

  1. bbeca February 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Awesome is all i have to say 🙂


    • tokyo5 February 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      Is that Totoro? Toy Story? Or both?


  2. Roxy December 18, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    I first found out about Totoro here and when I saw it in Toy Story 3, I thought it was a great idea by pixar, they must be fans 🙂


    • tokyo5 December 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

      Really? You learned about Totoro from my blog?

      Did you watch the Ghibli movie 「となりのトトロ」 (“My Neighbor Totoro”)?


      • Roxy December 19, 2010 at 4:01 am #

        No I haven’t. I have only seen parts of Howls Moving castle and Spirited Away on TV


      • tokyo5 December 19, 2010 at 11:51 am #

        You should definitely watch them in their entirety.


  3. coffybreak May 30, 2010 at 3:50 am #

    Nice! I wish they released the Blu-ray with the Japanese audio track.


    • tokyo5 May 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

      In Japan, children’s movies from overseas such as “Toy Story” are dubbed in Japanese.


  4. Troo May 29, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Ha ha, excellent! I’ll have to keep an eye out for that 😀


    • tokyo5 May 29, 2010 at 11:42 am #

      Are you gonna watch “Toy Story 3”?

      My oldest daughter will be going to with her friends once it opens in Tokyo. They already got their tickets.
      Japanese movie tickets are collectible with artwork of the movie poster on the ticket…but the “Toy Story 3” ticket is a full-size チラシ (flyer).
      And they got free Toy Story cell-phone straps for buying their tickets early.


      • Eva May 30, 2010 at 1:54 am #

        Waow..your daughter has got the tickets? when will it open in Tokyo? In Singapore, I think 17 June.
        Will your daughter watch a 3d version or 2d? We don’t really get freebies here 😦


      • tokyo5 May 30, 2010 at 2:36 am #

        Toy Story 3 comes to theaters here around the same time as there.

        I’m not sure if she’ll watch the 2-D or 3-D version. I suppose 3-D.
        Actually I don’t understand why so many recent Hollywood movies are in “3-D”. I think a good movie doesn’t need such special effects.


      • Troo June 1, 2010 at 4:14 am #

        Brilliant! Our cinema tickets are so boring, and nothing’s ever free.

        I’ll certainly go see it when it comes out. I enjoyed the first two, and the trailer for the third made me laugh 😀


      • tokyo5 June 2, 2010 at 1:39 am #

        Movie tickets in America, if they’re the same as they were the last time I watched a movie there, are plain and dull too.

        But in Japan, not only movie tickets, but tickets to most places can be kept as a memento of the place you attend because of the artwork on the tickets.

        Other types of cards, for example telephone cards, are the same way.


  5. In10Words aka "Galileo" May 29, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    That’s awesome!


    • tokyo5 May 29, 2010 at 11:39 am #

      Yeah, it was a clever idea by Pixar.


  6. Eva May 29, 2010 at 8:33 am # cool that you are featuring Ghibli and Pixar. I love both! I went to Ghibli museum the last time I visited Tokyo! Love it!!! Really impressed by the views of Hayao Miyazaki. There is a Pixar exhibition in Singapore currently. I will go and see it next week!


    • tokyo5 May 29, 2010 at 11:38 am #

      Yes, both Ghibli and Pixar make quality animated movies.

      And that’s great that you were able to visit the popular Ghibli Museum.


  7. Amy Murphy May 29, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    Oh wow! That’s great, I love spotting all the little interesting bits and pieces. I once considered a career as an animation historian. Thanks for sharing.


    • tokyo5 May 29, 2010 at 11:36 am #

      What does an “animation historian” do?

      Thanks for visiting my site…please feel free to comment often.


  8. tornadoes28 May 29, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    That’s cool. My kids love Totoro and so do I.


    • tokyo5 May 29, 2010 at 2:53 am #

      「となりのトトロ」 (“My Neighbor Totoro“) is a great film.

      Did you and your kids watch it in English or Japanese?


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