Studio Ghibli's Sequel To My Neighbour Totoro

Did you know this? Maybe you did! It's called Mei And the Kittenbus. The nearly 14-minute film has never received an official theatrical or home release.

[Image: Studio Ghibli | Ghibli Museum]

As Otaku News points out, images from the sequel recently were posted on Twitter, getting retweeted over 67,000 times. 

Twitter user Toaru is polling folks to see how many had heard of this sequel. As of writing, 14 per cent had, while 86 per cent had not. Below, 知ってた (shitteta) means "I knew," while 知らなかった (shiranakatta) means "I didn't know."

Hayao Miyazaki wrote and directed Mei and the Kittenbus, which takes place after My Neighbour Totoro and features a younger Catbus. Mei's voice actress, Chika Sakamoto, also returned for the short. 

Besides Whisper of the Heart spin-off The Cat Returns, Studio Ghibli isn't one for doing sequels, making this short an interesting entry in the studio's filmography.

Mei and the Kittenbus was first shown at the Ghibli Museum in 2003, and the movie continues to be shown there. It's apparently only been screened twice in the US.

If you are keen to see this short, good news. Mei and the Kittenbus will run from November 1 to November 30 at the Ghibli Museum. You can visit the official English site here.


    I'm not sure how the film being shown at the Ghibli Museum in November is much use to those of us outside of Japan, though. Or even those in Japan who can't get to the Ghibli museum during that month.

    This is the kind of thing that you'd think would have been a no-brainer to include as an extra on a DVD / BluRay release.

      I think the whole point is to have something unique that you can only experience by physically going somewhere (the Ghibli museum) and experiencing it.
      It adds value to the museum, and to individual experiences of it.
      They have several short films that they only screen there, and you only get to see the one they're screening that day.
      I saw one about little mice sumo wrestlers. It was fun.

      It definitely is a no-brainer to simply put them on home video release, but they went with a yes-brainer instead.

        I've been to the Ghibli museum, it really doesn't need something like this to make it unique, it's already a unique experience as it is.

    I was lucky enough to see this at the Ghibli Museum when I was there in 2005. So cute.

    I've been to ghibli museum twice in 11 years & seen two 15 min short films that only screen at the museum. One was a kind spin off /set in the same world as Howls moving castle and was incredible. There appears to be a roataing set of about 10 films. Its kinda cool in the day and age that you can only views these shorts at the museaum. The cinema itself amazing too. Notwithstanding, I really want to see this!

    There are some less than legal methods to watch it... though the quality is poor since it is a cam source

    I've been lucky enough to visit the Ghibli museum a few times. All the short films they show there are really cool. I wish they would release them.

    Did you know this? Maybe you did! It's called Mei And the Kittenbus. The nearly 14-minute film has never received an official theatrical or home release.



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