25 Years on, My Neighbor Totoro Becomes a Novel


Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) ? 1988 Nibariki – G

Usually it’s older novels that get turned into movies and not the other way around, but if The Toxic Avenger can get a book tie-in 20-some years after release, so can Totoro. Watercolors by Hayao Miyazaki accompany the new written adaptation by Tsugiko Kubo.

I have nothing snarky to add here. Totoro is cute, dammit.

But what other movies could get away with years-after-the-fact novelizations? Oh wait, I know…

Greedo knew he had to fire first. He wasn’t stupid; this Han Solo character may have seemed like a rogue, but inside he was a great role model for kids and would never do anything like preemptively kill a rival. The Rodian’s long finger slowly clenched itself around the pistol’s trigger, as he began to squeeze…

He had forgotten that he was, in fact, a terrible shot.

Consider that my official audition, Mr. Mouse.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist