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'Totoro' Features Fanning Sisters

2 Nov, 2005 By: Stephanie Prange



Call it the perfect typecasting.

Child sensation Dakota Fanning and her sister Elle lend their voices to Buena Vista Home Entertainment's upcoming dub of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro.

Producers were looking for the perfect sister team to play the sisters in the 1988 classic and found it in the Fannings.

“They had a kick together,” said producer-director Rick Dempsey during a panel after the Hollywood Film Festival premiere of the dubbed film Oct. 23 in Hollywood, Calif. Other panelists included Ned Lott, producer/casting; and Cindy Davis Hewitt and Donald H. Hewitt, screenwriters of the English-language adaptation.

Producers said a behind-the-scenes segment on the DVD, due this spring, will show the Fannings working on the film and Elle learning from her more experienced older sister.While Dakota could laugh on cue, producers said, Elle took some tickling.

Buena Vista has offered dubbed versions of other Miyazaki classics, such as the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, to make them more accessible to young audiences.

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