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Mei and the Kittenbus
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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. I believe the Ghibli museum shows different animated shorts on a random basis for their tours.

While researching, I was only able to find three sites on the whole internet at that time that had any real information on it. I decided to backup their contents for mirroring, which I am finally getting around to putting up :-). This information is directly copied from those sites and I do not claim to be the original source of, or in any way own, any of the below content in this post.


моцартинка (mozartianka) wrote in miyazaki_ru,
@ 2007-01-28 21:44:00
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Mei to Konekobasu Album
Полный альбом про Мей и Котобусёнка!

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Громадное спасибо [info]nazarovsky!

Going back to this Russian Ghibli blog, I noticed he also has a lot more content on it:
http://community.livejournal.com/miyazaki_ru/184770.html
http://community.livejournal.com/miyazaki_ru/tag/Mei to Konekobasu/Мэй и Котобусёнок


From: “nausicaa.net
[Studio Ghibli Museum mainpage]
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 tells the story of Mei and her friend the kittenbus (the child of the original catbus from My Neighbor Totoro). 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. One night they have an adventure in which they fly into the forest with many other cat-based vehicles, including many buses and trains. There they meet Totoro and many similar spirits, all heading for a gigantic catliner. This liner cruises off into the sky and the kittenbus takes Mei home.
[Title Screen]
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[Mei and the Kittenbus page 1] [Mei and the Kittenbus page 2]
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[Mei and the Kittenbus page 3] [Mei and the Kittenbus page 4]
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  • Original story, screenplay and direction: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Music: Joe Hisaishi
  • Animation Directors: Maikiko Futaki, Sachiko Sugino, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Length: 13 minutes 43 seconds

Pictures and synopsis by Chris Kuan



The Ghibli Museum [English] (I did not worry about backing this one up.)

This is definitely one of the things on my must-do list for when I visit Japan one day ^_^.


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Re: Mei and the Kittenbus on 02/04/13 6:38pm by Dakusan
I just found out there is actually a Camcorder recorded copy of this on the web!!! :-O
I'm having to use my willpower now to not download and watch the (probably) low quality version, and wait till I actually go to Japan to see it properly.
RESIST... URGE TO WATCH... RESIST...