I wanted to find clips from the old Streamline releases of Hayao Miyazaki's films, and came across this little gem. This is a 1993 television commercial for My Neighbor Totoro's first appearance in US theaters, courtesy of Streamline Pictures. Carl Macek, the legendary producer and director who is, arguably, the individual most responsible for spreading the gospel of anime to America.
To this day, there are American Totoro fans who prefer the older Streamline dub over the 2006 Disney release. I can appreciate their enthusiasm. Macek had a keen understanding of how to translate foreign anime films to our domestic audience, and his actors had a natural, casual tone that felt genuine. And he was an early champion of Miyazaki, localizing and releasing Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro, Tales of the Wolf (the two Miyazaki-directed episodes of Lupin Series Two), Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service.
Anyway, here's a fascinating little time capsule for everyone to enjoy. I have to say, I really do enjoy the old VHS color bleeding. There's a special nostalgic appeal to my generation: like 1980s hip-hop and thrash, '80s anime just feels better when it's on tape. You kids today with your newfangled, dadgum Blu-Ray discs won't understand.