‘Mei and the Kittenbus,’ the Cutest Miyazaki Sequel No One Has Ever Seen

The final 17 years of our lives have been a lie! An animated quick sequel to the beloved Studio Ghibli movie, My Neighbor Totoro, was launched in 2002, practically twenty years in the past, and nobody is aware of about it. Mei and the Kittenbus, one of the crucial cute movie ideas of all time, runs just below 14 minutes lengthy and is a delight from begin to end.  Selecting up two months after the occasions of Totoro, little sister Mei encounters and traps just a little “whirlwind,” who seems to be tiny Kittenbus (little one of the notorious Catbus). Each human and feline bond over caramel candies and turn out to be fluffy bosom buddies. Via their adventures, Mei meets many different cat autos and is even reunited with the King of the Forest himself, Totoro.

When you’re already clicking on Netflix or Crunchyroll to observe this extraordinarily necessary footprint in cinematic historical past, put down the distant. It has by no means been launched on DVD, and the one official approach to view it’s within the Saturn Theatre on the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. Kittenbus is certainly one of many quick movies circulating on the theater, so some severe planning is so as. Nevertheless, for diehard Miyazaki and cat followers, Mei and the Kittenbus is just one aircraft ticket, resort keep, museum go to, and firstborn little one away.

Mei and the Kittenbus was written and directed by Miyazaki, with Chika Sakamoto returning as Mei and Hitoshi Takagi (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again, Pokémon) reprising his function for the final time as Totoro. Miyazaki himself contributed his voice to one of many aged cat spirits. 

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