Mei and the Baby Cat Bus

Alt title: Mei to Koneko Bus

Movie (1 ep x 14 min)
2001
3.773 out of 5 from 1,229 votes
Rank #2,480

Mei is eating a caramel on one very windy day, when suddenly a whirlwind appears and starts chasing her. The whirlwind turns out to be a baby cat bus. Mei offers the kitten a caramel and the two become friends. That night, the baby cat bus visits Mei. Letting Mei ride inside him, he leaps out into the sky. They head for the midnight forest full of ghosts. Other cat buses large and small have also gathered together. In the forest, Mei encounters...

Source: Ghibli Museum

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ChiiYuuki
10

"Mei and the Kittenbus," a charming short film from Studio Ghibli, captures the magic and wonder of childhood through the eyes of the energetic Mei Kusakabe. Here's a breakdown of the film's key aspects: A Heartwarming Story: The film follows Mei's chance encounter with a miniature version of the iconic Catbus from "My Neighbor Totoro." This friendly creature whisks Mei away on a whimsical night adventure through the countryside. The story is simple yet heartwarming, emphasizing the beauty of nature and the power of imagination. Enchanting Animation: Studio Ghibli's signature animation style shines in "Mei and the Kittenbus." The lush landscapes, the adorable character designs (especially the playful Kittenbus), and the dreamlike quality of the night scenes create a visually captivating experience. Expanding the Totoro Universe: For fans of "My Neighbor Totoro," this short film offers a delightful return to the film's world. Seeing a younger Mei interact with the fantastical Catbus elements adds a new layer to the established lore. However, newcomers unfamiliar with "Totoro" can still enjoy the film's standalone story and enchanting visuals. A Touch of Lightheartedness: The film's overall tone is lighthearted and joyful, perfectly capturing Mei's childlike wonder. The playful interactions between Mei and the Kittenbus, along with the whimsical encounters with forest spirits, create a sense of pure magic. A Short But Sweet Experience: Clocking in at just 15 minutes, "Mei and the Kittenbus" is a concise and focused experience. This brevity might leave some viewers wanting more, but it also ensures that the film maintains its charm without dragging on. Overall Impression: "Mei and the Kittenbus" is a delightful short film that will bring joy to viewers of all ages. Its heartwarming story, enchanting animation, and connection to the beloved "Totoro" universe make it a must-watch for fans of Studio Ghibli's magical touch. While the short runtime might leave some wanting more, the film delivers a complete and satisfying experience that celebrates childhood wonder and the beauty of the natural world.

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