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Old 10-30-2013, 04:59 PM   #161
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Sorry for OT but I wanted to ask a similar question - sometimes I cant tell what track my reciever is playing even though my player is set up with Secondary Audio turned off It doesnt say on the display, just what speakers sound is coming from.

Has anyone seen the Spanish digibooks of Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle? They're BEAUTIFUL
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:16 PM   #162
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Has anyone seen the Spanish digibooks of Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle? They're BEAUTIFUL
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Old 12-29-2016, 01:50 AM   #164
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I watched My Neighbor Totoro with my 3 year old son on Christmas Eve and for the first time in his life, he sat for the entire film while giving it his undivided attention. I had blind bought the film after hearing good things about it. I did enjoy it, but I think I liked the fact that he liked it even more.

With that said, which other Japanese animation films can someone recommend to me to watch with him? I know very little about Japanese animation and have only seen this film and Grave of the Fireflies. I'm looking for other G rated titles, although I don't necessarily mind a PG rated film if someone thinks that a 3 year old could kind of gather what is going on and enjoy the film.

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Old 12-29-2016, 06:15 AM   #165
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I watched My Neighbor Totoro with my 3 year old son on Christmas Eve and for the first time in his life, he sat for the entire film while giving it his undivided attention. I had blind bought the film after hearing good things about it. I did enjoy it, but I think I liked the fact that he liked it even more.

With that said, which other Japanese animation films can someone recommend to me to watch with him? I know very little about Japanese animation and have only seen this film and Grave of the Fireflies. I'm looking for other G rated titles, although I don't necessarily mind a PG rated film if someone thinks that a 3 year old could kind of gather what is going on and enjoy the film.

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Kiki's Delivery Service, Ponyo, and The Secret World of Arietty are all G-rated films that I'd think would be fun for a 3-year old. Castle in the Sky is PG and is a great adventure film that I don't think would be too intense or scary for a 3-year old.
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Old 12-29-2016, 03:09 PM   #166
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I watched My Neighbor Totoro with my 3 year old son on Christmas Eve and for the first time in his life, he sat for the entire film while giving it his undivided attention. I had blind bought the film after hearing good things about it. I did enjoy it, but I think I liked the fact that he liked it even more.

With that said, which other Japanese animation films can someone recommend to me to watch with him? I know very little about Japanese animation and have only seen this film and Grave of the Fireflies. I'm looking for other G rated titles, although I don't necessarily mind a PG rated film if someone thinks that a 3 year old could kind of gather what is going on and enjoy the film.

Thanks!
There aren't many films like My Neighbor Totoro that penetrate the psychology of a child quite as effectively. MNT "gets it" because it knows what interests a child, and how they think. Most people will recommend other Ghibli films, and they ARE good. But only a handful approach the same level of psychology when it comes to children.

Ponyo and Kiki's Delivery Service are the ones that come to mind immediately.
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I watched My Neighbor Totoro with my 3 year old son on Christmas Eve and for the first time in his life, he sat for the entire film while giving it his undivided attention. I had blind bought the film after hearing good things about it. I did enjoy it, but I think I liked the fact that he liked it even more.

With that said, which other Japanese animation films can someone recommend to me to watch with him? I know very little about Japanese animation and have only seen this film and Grave of the Fireflies. I'm looking for other G rated titles, although I don't necessarily mind a PG rated film if someone thinks that a 3 year old could kind of gather what is going on and enjoy the film.

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Kiki's Delivery Service, Ponyo, and The Secret World of Arietty are all G-rated films that I'd think would be fun for a 3-year old. Castle in the Sky is PG and is a great adventure film that I don't think would be too intense or scary for a 3-year old.
Seconded on all the above.
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Ponyo and Kiki, for sure (I haven't seen Arietty).
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I still have the old Fox DVDs. I grew up with that dub. Watched the VHS no less than 250 times. The Fanning sisters' dub is so cringy. Ruins my childhood.
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Old 02-18-2017, 03:09 AM   #171
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Out of curiosity, which English dub does the Japanese silhouette blu-ray have? Is it the old one or the new one?
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Out of curiosity, which English dub does the Japanese silhouette blu-ray have? Is it the old one or the new one?
The newer (Disney) dub. The older (Streamline) dub is only on the Japanese DVD.
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The newer (Disney) dub. The older (Streamline) dub is only on the Japanese DVD.
Only on the older out of print Japanese DVD.
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Only on the older out of print Japanese DVD.
Oh yeah, I forgot that Japan had a DVD re-release based off of the BD masters relatively recently. Just double-checked Disney Japan's listing of the new DVD, and it says that its English track is Dolby 5.1 surround. That would certainly rule out the old Streamline dub, as it only existed in stereo. BTW, here's the catalog numbers for reference:

Old DVD (Streamline dub) - VWDZ-8014
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To each their own; I thought the new dub of Totoro was fine. I liked both versions equally. Yes, the FOX dub was good, but the only issue I had with the Disney dub was the opening and ending songs. Otherwise the newer dub is, performance wise, on par with the FOX, at least in my opinion. Both the Fannings and the FOX VAs perform their roles admirably.

Interesting note: My Neighbor Totoro's first dub was probably one of the few non-Disney dubs to turn out decently. Neither Nausicaa nor Laputa got lucky with their NWV and Streamline/JAL "treatments", and Porco Rosso's JAL dub was also quite bad.

I've pretty much found all the Disney-Ghibli dubs to be excellent with the exception of The Wind Rises -- that dub felt very stiff and robotic (despite some good turns by Stanly Tucci, Mae Whitman, Martin Short, and Werner Hertzog), and the movie itself, IMO, wasn't all that great.

Neither Laputa nor Porco Rosso's older dubs saw any major mainstream video releases except in the Japanese R2 DVD market, and even then, both have fallen out of print. Kiki's Delivery Service also had a non-Disney dub (by the same team who did the Totoro dub), but that version was only released on the Japanese LD Ghibli Ippai set.

Because a lot more people are familiar with the FOX dub of Totoro, it's understandable that nostalgic attachment to that version may be an impediment to appreciating the Disney dub on its own terms. If Disney's dub were released first, then reception probably would be more open. I'm probably in the minority when I say I like both versions, but if I am so be it.

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Old 04-26-2017, 11:35 AM   #177
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I don't even know what the dubs sound like. I always watch the original version.

A movie that's also perfect for little kids is a pre-Ghibli one called Panda! Go Panda!, which was written by Miyazaki and directed by Takahata. Totoro bears striking similarities with the panda.

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Ponyo & Arrietty would definitely be my top picks. I think Kiki's second half might be a little boring for a 3 year old.
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I am considering importing this edition to the UK because I prefer how it looks over the DNRed Gamma shifted U.K. Release. I don't know if it has been asked before but does the film have the original Japanese title and credits or are the English ones hard encoded on the disc? Does it have both?
This is the only deciding factor which will make me choose between this or the more expensive Japanese import.

Edit: does the Disney version also have frame stabilisation? In the Japanese and U.K. Blu rays sometimes the frame moves around very slightly and it is noticeable around the edges. I am fine with this because I believe it is to do with the animation transfer in the original source but read somewhere that the Disney blus had been stabilised in some way?

Edit 2: I got the blu ray and the original title and credits are there when on the Japanese audio. I have never seen this before where the picture changes when the you change the soundtrack!

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I grew up with Totoro on VHS so even eleven years after Disney's DVD, I'm still finding the new dub very jarring and difficult to get used to.
I may buy the Blu-ray one of these days for the HD picture and Japanese language track, but as it stands I'm perfectly happy holding onto my DVD of the Fox Dub.

If both English dubs and the Japanese track were included on Blu-ray a la Akira 25th Anniversary, it'd be a no brainer for me.
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