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. [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. Production Free shipping. [10]:54 Eight animators worked on the film, which was completed in eight months. Later that night, the Kittenbus takes Mei for a ride. [40], Totoro has made cameo appearances in multiple Studio Ghibli films, including Pom Poko, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Whisper of the Heart. Rōmaji Mei to Konekobasu es. 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. Two months have passed after her mother returned from the hospital. It is the third animated short film made exclusively for the museum, following "The Whale Hunt and "Koro's Big Day Out". The DVD was re-released on July 16, 2014, using the remastered print from the Blu-ray and having the Disney produced English dub instead of Streamline's. 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. The kittenbus is scared and tries … Totoro was ranked 24th on IGN's top 25 anime characters.[8]. Joe Hisaishi completed the soundtrack on August 2002, which notably reprises many themes from the original "My Neighbor Totoro". [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. The film's central character, Totoro, is as famous among Japanese children as Winnie-the-Pooh is among British ones. [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. This DVD release is the first version of the film in the United States to include both Japanese and English language tracks. The film's central character Totoro was used as a mascot by the Japanese "Totoro Hometown Fund Campaign" to preserve areas of satoyama in the Saitama Prefecture. This is the story of Mei and her friend the kittenbus (the child of the catbus from My Neighbor Totoro). VIP. Mei is just small enough to ride in the kittenbus, which is only big enough to stir up dust devils, rather than making whole fields of rice sway in its breeze. User Ratings: 65 ratings have been given [ details ] 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 … 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!) Shortly after, Tatsuo's bus arrives. [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. "Mei and the Kitten Bus" January 13, 2016 S SarahConnor. He is like a home for all the other Totoros, a place where they all gather. Miyazaki uses Totoro as a part of his Studio Ghibli company logo. 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. In April 1993, Troma Films, under their 50th St. [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. Add comment. One day, Mei discovers two small spirits who lead her into the hollow of a large camphor tree. She jokingly said, "I've grown up since then." She falls asleep atop Totoro, but when Satsuki finds her, she is on the ground. (Mei to Konekobasu no Sanpo) [Mei and the Kittenbus Go for a Walk] 0'22" 2: キャラメルあげるっ。 (Kyarameru Ageru.) Hide ads with . [21] As of February 2019, it grossed $25,798,550 in China.[17]. [37] The Independent recognized Totoro as one of the greatest cartoon characters, describing the creature, "At once innocent and awe-inspiring, King Totoro captures the innocence and magic of childhood more than any of Miyazaki's other magical creations. is a thirteen-minute sequel to My Neighbor Totoro, written and directed by Miyazaki. 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. [4] Kei Yasui and Yuko Shoji played the Crumhorn, while New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra performed the soundtrack.[5]. Mei and the Kittenbus (S) is a film directed by Hayao Miyazaki with Animation. [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". "[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. Synopsis: It tells the story of Mei and her friend the kittenbus (the child of the original catbus from My Neighbor Totoro). 30 years after its original release in Japan, My Neighbour Totoro received a Chinese theatrical release in December 2018. Leonard Klady of the entertainment trade newspaper Variety wrote of the 1993 translation, that My Neighbor Totoro demonstrated "adequate television technical craft" that was characterized by "muted pastels, homogenized pictorial style and [a] vapid storyline". 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Follow. Another catbus pulls up beside them, and soon a variety of cat vehicles appear, such as a cat-train, all filled with Totoro-like spirits. [7] The character made multiple cameo appearances in a number of Studio Ghibli films and video games and also serves as the mascot for the studio and is recognized as one of the most popular characters in Japanese animation. The susuwatari are called "black soots" in early subtitles and "soot sprites" in the later English dubbed version. It turns out to be a Kittenbus. [3], The other new theme composed by Hisaishi is the scene involving several cat buses entering the forest. $43.99. 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. [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. My Neighbor Totoro received critical acclaim and has amassed a worldwide cult following in the years after its release. When she eats a Japanese caramel cube candy, a mini whirlwind suddenly comes spinning her dress. Totoro takes the girls for a ride on a magical flying top. While the melody sounded simple, it was actually composed of a complicated rhythm. 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. It has been two months after her mother returns from the hospital. The film and its titular character, Totoro, have become cultural icons. Mei and the Kittenbus is a thirteen-minute long Studio Ghibli short, and the sequel to My Neighbor Totoro. The giant cat liner leaves while Totoro stays behind. 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. It is listed as a "must-see" by Metacritic. The Kittenbus appears on his head and Mei asks the Kittenbus, "Is this your grandma?" In Japan, My Neighbor Totoro initially sold 801,680 tickets and earned a distribution rental income of ¥588 million in 1988. [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. [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. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!!! A giant, bus-shaped cat halts at the stop, and Totoro boards it and leaves. 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