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The Art of My Neighbor Totoro

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First published by Tokuma Shoten Co., Ltd. in Japan.
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by VIZ Media LLC
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Dec 05, 2012 Parka rated it it was amazing
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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 th
Tati Dengo
Jan 18, 2016 Tati Dengo rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 25, 2012 Amle rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 08, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing
I might not be impartial (as a Miyazaki fan) but ... great book.
Feb 20, 2013 Canesgalactica rated it liked it
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
Jan 04, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
Jeremy Marx
Jun 16, 2016 Jeremy Marx rated it it was amazing
If your a fan of the movie, this book will give you more details on how the people and places have changed, from initial concept, to what you saw. This is a must read.
Amy M
Feb 16, 2016 Amy M rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle Shiro
Oct 02, 2014 Michelle Shiro rated it it was amazing
this book was amazing. I loved it so much I couldn't stop reading it till the end. its one of my favorite books now.
Jul 30, 2016 Maddie rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous artwork - I love the progression from "simple" sketches to the animation that I know and love.
Dony Grayman
Sep 07, 2016 Dony Grayman rated it really liked it
Shelves: decto, ed-usa
Edición en inglés del bello art-book dedicado a Tonari no Totoro. Quinchinésima reedición.
Sarah Crawford
Jan 19, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
A large and wonderfully illustrated book about one of my favorite anime movies.
Aug 24, 2014 Helena rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book
Feb 18, 2015 krad rated it really liked it

+ 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

Firman Widyasmara
Totoro! Siapa yang belum ikut tertawa dan riang gembira bersama kencangnya Catbus dan geraman Totoro di film ini? Kalau anda termasuk yang belum, cari segera filmnya, dan terjun bebaskan diri anda ke masa kecil yang riang dan kaya imaji. Lalu benamkan diri anda dalam buku kumpulan behind-the-scenes yang lengkap ini. Cuma satu kata... Amazing!
Shayla Fish
Jan 12, 2012 Shayla Fish rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 31, 2013 τλιϓλ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hayao-miyazaki
وفي كل مرة أمسك بيدي كتابا من ستوديو غبلي أعرف أنني سأقرأ ما يُشبه الموسوعة من حيث التنظيم والتنسيق وحسن التقسيم وتوازن المعلومات والحكايات والصور..
هذا الكتاب ليس استثناء إذن بل هو من هذه الكتب الجميلة التي أعادت لي ذكريات رائعة عن فيلم أروع.
Jun 13, 2013 Shahna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Beautiful book. I love it.
This is one of my favourite Miyazaki movies.
Aug 10, 2007 Isa rated it really liked it
Shelves: design
beautiful! flipping through the book is like revisiting a dear old friend :)
Brendan  McAuliffe
Aug 28, 2007 Brendan McAuliffe rated it liked it
A very deep secret of TOTORO is contained herein
Nov 06, 2012 Yoong rated it it was amazing
nice story.... (^_^)
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Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible ability to draw, and the seemingly-endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.

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