She befriends a larger spirit, which identifies itself by a series of roars that she interprets as "Totoro". 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Enjoy this short, it's here for archival … Totoro appears. The film's central character, Totoro, is as famous among Japanese children as Winnie-the-Pooh is among British ones. [22] The songs for the Streamline version of Totoro were sung by Cassie Byram. As the sequel to a beloved classic, Miyazaki stated, “This piece was made specially for children.” This was possibly the last film of Hitoshi Takagi, the voice of Totoro, before his death and is the only direct sequel made to any Ghibli film. Toshio Suzuki Production In 2004, Walt Disney Pictures produced an all new English dub of the film to be released after the rights to the Streamline dub had expired. Animism is a large theme in this film according to Eriko Ogihara-Schuck. Mei does not take this well and argues with Satsuki, later leaving for the hospital to bring fresh corn to Yasuko. Leyland praised the DVD transfer of the film, but noted that the disc lacked a look at the film's production, instead being overabundant with storyboards. According to Miyazaki, "If she was a little girl who plays around in the yard, she wouldn't be meeting her father at a bus stop, so we had to come up with two girls instead. She jokingly said, "I've grown up since then." Totoro has only a leaf on his head for protection against the rain, so Satsuki offers him the umbrella she had taken for her father. While the melody sounded simple, it was actually composed of a complicated rhythm. [1], A main-belt asteroid, discovered on December 31, 1994, was named 10160 Totoro after the film's central character. "[38] The Financial Times recognized the character's appeal, commenting that "[Totoro] is more genuinely loved than Mickey Mouse could hope to be in his wildest—not nearly so beautifully illustrated—fantasies. It also received the Special Award at the Blue Ribbon Awards in the same year. The rights to this dub expired in 2004, so it was re-released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on March 7, 2006[1] with a new dub cast. Hitoshi Takagi, the original voice of Totoro, also reprised his role one last time. As is the case with Disney's other English dubs of Miyazaki films, the Disney version of Totoro features a star-heavy cast, including Dakota and Elle Fanning as Satsuki and Mei, Timothy Daly as Mr. Kusakabe, Pat Carroll as Granny, Lea Salonga as Mrs. Kusakabe, and Frank Welker as Totoro and Catbus. Mei and the Kittenbus (めいとこねこバス , Mei to Konekobasu) is a 13-minute animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli and premiered on October 2002. Each element was made individually and combined in the time sheets..."[10]:27 The ending sequence depicts the mother's return home and the signs of her return to good health by playing with Satsuki and Mei outside. It turns out to be a kittenbus. The film won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film in 1988. Produced by A great part of this sense comes from Oga's evocative backgrounds, which give each tree, hedge and twist in the road an indefinable feeling of warmth that seems ready to spring into sentient life. [41] Totoro makes a cameo appearance in the Pixar film Toy Story 3 (2010);[42] the film's art director Daisuke Tsutsumi is married to Miyazaki's niece, who was the original inspiration for the character Mei in My Neighbour Totoro. Oga's conscientious approach to My Neighbor Totoro was a style that the International Herald Tribune recognized as "[updating] the traditional Japanese animist sense of a natural world that is fully, spiritually alive". [52][53] A hardcover light novel written by Tsugiko Kubo and illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki was released by Viz in 2013.[54]. [9] Totoro lives in a camphor tree in a Shinto shrine surrounded by a Shinto rope, these are all characteristics of a kami. The story would be set two months following the events of "My Neighbor Totoro" and star Mei. [46][47][48][49] A 111-page picture book based on the film and aimed at younger readers was released by Tokuma on June 28, 1988 and, in a 112-page English translation, by Viz on November 8, 2005. The Disney version was initially released on DVD in the United States on March 7, 2006, but is now out of print. Add Your Vote Now ! Totoro appears. Looking for information on the anime Mei to Koneko Bus (Mei and the Baby Cat Bus)? [9] This is a common practice in the Shinto tradition following an encounter with a kami. 4. 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In 1999, following the release of Isao Takahata's "My Neighbors the Yamadas", rumors circulated that Hayao Miyazaki was considering making a sequel to "My Neighbor Totoro".[1]. My Neighbor Totoro (Japanese: となりのトトロ, Hepburn: Tonari no Totoro) is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten. One night they have an adventure in which they fly into the forest with many other cat-based vehicles, including many buses and trains. [Have a Caramel.] In 1988, US-based company Streamline Pictures produced an exclusive English language dub of the film for use as an in-flight movie on Japan Airlines flights. Mei and the Kittenbus is a thirteen-minute long Studio Ghibli short, and the sequel to My Neighbor Totoro. Joe Hisaishi fansite featuring an interview with Hisaishi on composing "Mei and Kittenbus". Free shipping . Mei and the Kittenbus runs 15 minutes, and pairs younger sister Mei (voiced by the original actress, Sakamoto Chinatsu) with a pint-sized Kitten Bus, as they run … She falls asleep atop Totoro, but when Satsuki finds her, she is on the ground. The kittenbus then shows her the biggest Catbus that lives there. The Catbus shows up, and Mei opens a window to let the Kittenbus follow the catbus into the air. October 2002 Studio Ghibli Two of the eight songs are new melodies, with the first being the scene where Mei offers the Kittenbus a piece of caramel candy. In 1958 Japan, university professor Tatsuo Kusakabe and his two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, move into an old house to be closer to the hospital where the girls' mother, Yasuko, is recovering from a long-term illness. Movie Cast . [9] Moreover, Ogihara-Schuck writes that when Mei returns from her encounter with Totoro her father takes Mei and her sister to the shrine to greet and thank Totoro. The soundtrack, Mei and the Kittenbus (めいとこねこバス サウンドトラック , Mei to Konekobasu Saundotorakku) was released under the Museo d'Arte Ghibli label and sold exclusively at the Mamma Aiuto shop in the Ghibli Museum on October 2, 2002. After the rights to the dub expired in 2004, Walt Disney Home Entertainment re-released the movie on DVD on March 7, 2006 with Disney's newly produced English dub and the original Japanese version. VIP. In the morning, the tree is gone but the seeds have indeed sprouted; it is left unclear whether the girls were dreaming. So Hisaishi introduced an oboe-type musical instrument called the "Crumhorn", which has an interesting shape like the handle of an umbrella. [20] By its second weekend, My Neighbor Totoro grossed $20 million in China. The kittenbus is scared and tries … Delighted to help, he summons the Catbus, which carries her to where the lost Mei sits. The susuwatari are called "black soots" in early subtitles and "soot sprites" in the later English dubbed version. [16] The film has received international releases since 2002. My Neighbor Totoro", "The Best Animated Film Characters - 18. Casey Baseel Oct 11, 2017; Tweet; Twitter user shares screenshots of Hayao Miyazaki anime that surprising number of fans … Joe Hisaishi introduced a new theme in pivotal scene involving several cat buses entering the forest. Year: 2002. Add to collection. The story takes place two months after Mei Kusakabe's mother returns from the hospital (where she resides for the majority of Totoro). In April 1993, Troma Films, under their 50th St. Character sheet for the Kittenbus with Mei inside it. The film was released to VHS and LaserDisc by Tokuma Shoten in August 1988 under their Animage Video label. In this way, new songs have been added to the song "My Neighbor Totoro," and the music that plays alongside the video makes the work even more enjoyable. Joe Hisaishi Art Directed by [4] A list of the greatest animated films in Time Out ranked the film number 1. All is happy at Mei's house. The giant cat liner leaves while Totoro stays behind. [5] A similar list compiled by the editors of Time Out ranked the film number 3. "The sequence was determined through permutations and combinations determined by the time sheets. Despite many attempts, Mei is unable to show her family Totoro's tree. [10]:33 The film was originally set to be an hour long, but throughout the process it grew to respond to the social context including the reason for the move and the father's occupation. He is like a home for all the other Totoros, a place where they all gather. The whirlwind chases after Mei and she runs back into the house where she manages to trap the whirlwind. This is a short film about 14 minutes long, which was shown for a limited time only at the Ghibli Museum. Studio 2'58" 3: めいの子守うた (Mei no Komoriuta) [Mei's Babysitting Song] 0'42" 4: 出発進行! (Shuppatsu Shinkou!) It is the third animated short film made exclusively for the museum, following "The Whale Hunt and "Koro's Big Day Out". Totoro takes the girls for a ride on a magical flying top. [10]:149, The storyboard depicts the town of Matsuko as the setting, with the year being 1955; Miyazaki stated that it was not exact and the team worked on a setting "in the recent past". [9] Totoro has animistic traits and has kami status according to his surroundings and being referred to as "mori no nushi," or "master of the forest". Mei has an adventure with a Kittenbus and her relatives. It is the sequel to the 1988 film "My Neighbor Totoro" and is currently shown exclusively at the Saturn Theater, located at the basement of the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. [Departure Timetable!] One rainy night, the girls are waiting for Tatsuo's bus, which is late. Mei and the Kittenbus (めいとこねこバス Mei to Konekobasu?) And that was difficult. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 94% of critics gave positive reviews, with an average rating of 8.41/10 based on 53 reviews. It tells the story of Mei and her friend the kittenbus (the child of the original catbus from My Neighbor Totoro). Mei and the Kittenbus Ghibli Museum Short Film Art Book Anime From Japan Used. The film has grossed over $41 million at the worldwide box office as of September 2019, in addition to generating approximately $277 million from home video sales and $1.142 billion from licensed merchandise sales, adding up to approximately $1.46 billion in total lifetime revenue. Mei and the Kittenbus. (TCM aired the dub as well as the original Japanese with English subtitles.) The bus then whisks them over the countryside to see Yasuko in the hospital. "That scene is a big turning point in the story. Last one . Actors. The director challenged Oga to raise his standards, and Oga's experience with My Neighbor Totoro jump-started the artist's career. [6] My Neighbor Totoro was also the highest-ranking animated film on the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll of all-time greatest films. "I made this song with the feeling of Mei's character... 'Tararirara'... that is Mei's theme." [17] Overall, the film has grossed $30,476,708 overseas,[18] for a total of $41,076,708 at the worldwide box office. $41.79. Check In. GKIDS re-issued the film on Blu-ray and DVD on October 17, 2017.[24]. I believe he lives on acorns. Mei and the Kittenbus (S) is a film directed by Hayao Miyazaki with Animation. A few minutes are taken to eat the caramel candy where she almost chokes, but is ultimately happy after swallowing. Totoro was ranked 24th on IGN's top 25 anime characters.[8]. Mei and the Kittenbus (めいとこねこバス, Mei to Konekobasu) is a 2002 thirteen-minute sequel to My Neighbor Totoro, written and directed by Miyazaki. It was produced by John Daly and Derek Gibson, with co-producer Jerry Beck. Find out more with MyAnimeList, the world's most active online anime and manga community and database. 3 years ago | 115.7K views. This version of the film has since been used in all English-speaking regions. Synopsis. The whirlwind chases after Mei and she runs back into the house where she manages to trap the whirlwind. [55] Chika Sakamoto, who voiced Mei in Totoro, returned to voice Mei in this short. Hayao Miyazaki Neko Bâchan (Voice) Chika Sakamoto Mei (Voice) Hiroaki Suzuki (Voice) Hiroshi Ootaki (Voice) Advertisement. (lyrics by Rieko Nakagawa, performed by Azumi Inoue), (lyrics by Rieko Nakagawa, performed by Azumi Inoue and the Suginami Children's Choir). A giant, bus-shaped cat halts at the stop, and Totoro boards it and leaves. [35], Phillip E. Wegner makes a case for the film being an example of alternative history citing the utopian-like setting of the anime.[36]. Mei and the Kittenbus This is a short film about 20 minutes long, which was shown for a limited time only at the Ghibli Museum. [50][51] A 176-page art book containing conceptual art from the film and interviews with the production staff was released by Tokuma on July 15, 1988 and, in English translation, by Viz on November 8, 2005. In March of 2007 I was doing research on Mei and the Kittenbus (めいとこねこバス, Mei to Konekobasu), an animated short “sequel” to My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli.It was “released” in 2003 for regular showing at the Ghibli Museum in Japan, and has unfortunately never seen a wide release. "[33] Stephen Holden of The New York Times described the 1993 translation as "very visually handsome", and believed that the film was "very charming" when "dispensing enchantment". "[10]:103 The character of Mei was modeled on Miyazaki's niece. Two months have passed after her mother returned from the hospital. Numerous licensed merchandise of Totoro have been sold in Japan for decades after the film's release. Kittenbus (こねこバ, Konekobasu) is a main character in Mei and the Kittenbus. Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan (now Walt Disney Japan) would later reissue the VHS on June 27, 1997 as part of their Ghibli ga Ippai series, and was later released to DVD on September 28, 2001, including both the original Japanese and the Streamline Pictures English dub. [59] It has since been re-released twice, once on November 21, 1996, and again on August 25, 2004. Mei goes outside to a little stone hill and watches the skies. In Japan, the film sold 3.5 million VHS and DVD units as of April 2012,[25] equivalent to approximately ¥16,100 million ($202 million) at an average retail price of ¥4,600 (¥4,700 on DVD and ¥4,500 on VHS). [31] My Neighbor Totoro was voted the highest-ranking animated film on the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll of all-time greatest films.[7]. [12], In several of Miyazaki's initial conceptual watercolors, as well as on the theatrical release poster and on later home video releases, only one young girl is depicted, rather than two sisters. Follow. Mei hops onto his chest and he takes her to a giant, ancient Cat Liner called "Nekobaa-chan" that is being boarded by the spirits. It has been two months after her mother returns from the hospital. The Kittenbus is scared and tries to escape the room at first, but bonds with Mei after she gives him a caramel cube to eat with her. In desperation, Satsuki returns to the camphor tree and pleads for Totoro's help. Blog entry regarding rumors of "My Neighbor Totoro" sequel in the works since 1999. [note 1] When the girls become comfortable in their new house, the soot spirits leave to find another empty house. [21] As of February 2019, it grossed $25,798,550 in China.[17]. The film—which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, and Hitoshi Takagi—tells the story of a professor's two young daughters (Satsuki and Mei) and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in post-war rural Japan. Klady described the film's environment, "Obviously aimed at an international audience, the film evinces a disorienting combination of cultures that produces a nowhere land more confused than fascinating. Kanji Free shipping. Mei to Konekobasu Synopsis: It tells the story of Mei and her friend the kittenbus (the child of the original catbus from My Neighbor Totoro). Starring Mei meets a Kitten Bus and they become fast friends. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Original title: Mei to Konekobasu (S). Miyazaki uses Totoro as a part of his Studio Ghibli company logo. She gives Mei a lick and she licks her back. Synopsis Mei has an adventure with a Kittenbus and her relatives. The CD primarily features the musical score used in the film composed by Joe Hisaishi, except for five vocal pieces performed by Azumi Inoue. Blog entry regarding Miyazaki teasing Kittenbus appearance. It was shown briefly in the United States in 2006 to honor the North American release of fellow Miyazaki film Spirited Away[57] and at a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser a few days later. This version was also released in Australia by Madman on March 15, 2006[2] and in the UK by Optimum Releasing on March 27, 2006. My Neighbor Totoro received widespread acclaim from film critics. Her disappearance prompts Satsuki and the neighbors to search for her. Films banner, distributed the dub of the film as a theatrical release, and was later released onto VHS by Fox Video. "[43], A four-volume series of ani-manga books, which use color images and lines directly from the film, was published in Japan in May 1988 by Tokuma. The girls plant the seeds. In 1993, Fox Video released the Streamline Pictures dub of My Neighbor Totoro on VHS and LaserDisc in the United States and was later released to DVD in 2002. Uploading this here because YouTube blocked it the first time I uploaded it! Despite the highlights, Holden wrote, "Too much of the film, however, is taken up with stiff, mechanical chitchat. Along the way, they spot the catbus, the kittenbus' father, which is filled with spirits like Totoro. めいとこねこバス "[10] The opening sequence of the film was not storyboarded, Miyazaki said. Add comment. [61] Combined, Totoro licensed merchandise sales have grossed at least ¥91.11 billion ($1,142 million) in Japan between 1999 and 2012. My Neighbor Totoro set its writer-director Hayao Miyazaki on the road to success. Disney would later release the film on Blu-ray in the country on July 18, 2012. [4] Kei Yasui and Yuko Shoji played the Crumhorn, while New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra performed the soundtrack.[5]. Mei and the Kittenbus was created in 2002 and written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki himself. [26] In the United States, the film sold over 500,000 VHS units by 1996,[27] equivalent to approximately $10 million at a retail price of $19.98,[28] with the later 2010 DVD release selling a further 3.8 million units and grossing $64.5 million in the United States as of October 2018. (Note that in 2016 this video is available online, though probably illegally.) The Catbuses drop their passengers off, and the Kittenbus drops Mei off with them. [12], Oga's work on My Neighbor Totoro led to his continued involvement with Studio Ghibli. The film won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film A… Add to history. The girls find out that a planned visit by Yasuko has to be postponed because of a setback in her treatment. [29] In total, the film's home video releases have sold 7.8 million units and grossed approximately $277 million in Japan and the United States. They secretly leave the ear of corn on the windowsill, where it is discovered by their parents, and return home. [13], Miyazaki has said that Totoro is "not a spirit: he's only an animal. When the song was completed, he was convinced that it would be the core of the film's score and a key theme of joy for "Mei and Kittenbus". This is the story of Mei and her friend the kittenbus (the child of the catbus from My Neighbor Totoro). Totoro also makes a return appearance. [19] In its opening weekend, ending December 16, 2018, My Neighbour Totoro grossed $13 million, entering the box office charts at number two, behind only Hollywood film Aquaman at number one and ahead of Bollywood film Padman at number three. Rōmaji The spirits move apart to reveal Totoro, who is very happy to see her. The dual billing was considered "one of the most moving and remarkable double bills ever offered to a cinema audience".[15]. [14], In 2013 a velvet worm species Eoperipatus totoro, recently discovered in Vietnam, was named after Totoro: "Following the request of Pavel V. Kvartalnov, Eduard A. Galoyan and Igor V. Palko, the species is named after the main character of the cartoon movie "My Neighbour Totoro" by Hayao Miyazaki (1988, Studio Ghibli), who uses a many-legged animal as a vehicle, which according to the collectors resembles a velvet worm. Mei introduces herself as the Kittenbus' friend, and proceeds to feed her a caramel cube. Mei and the Kittenbus follow them for a while, then return to Mei's house. Miyazaki himself did the voice of the Neko Ba-chan as well as Totoro. He's supposedly the forest keeper, but that's only a half-baked idea, a rough approximation. Troma Films, under their 50th St. Release date(s) And in the final part of the story, Mei sees a familiar umbrella coming through the crowds of other silhouetted Totoros. "The greatest animated films of all time? In 2003, the film was screened for John Lasseter and his staff during Miyazaki's visit to Pixar in California, as seen in the DVD special, "Lasseter-San, Arigato!". Oga and Miyazaki debated the palette of the film, Oga seeking to paint black soil from Akita Prefecture and Miyazaki preferring the color of red soil from the Kantō region. The Turner Classic Movies cable television network held the television premiere of Disney's new English dub on January 19, 2006, as part of the network's salute to Hayao Miyazaki. The environmental journal Ambio described the influence of My Neighbor Totoro, "[It] has served as a powerful force to focus the positive feelings that the Japanese people have for satoyama and traditional village life." Totoro is delighted and gives her a bundle of nuts and seeds in return. Ryoko Ina Mei and the Kittenbus Ghibli Museum Short Film Program CD from Japan. 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