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This article is about a character from My Neighbor Totoro. For other uses, see Catbus (disambiguation).
Large catbus in museum exhibit.

The Catbus (ネコバス Nekobasu?) (referred to in the film as ねこのバス, Neko no basu) is a character in the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is a large creature, depicted as a grinning male[1] cat with a hollow body that serves as a bus, complete with windows and seats coated with fur, and a large bushy tail. The character's popularity has led to its use in a spinoff film, toys for children, an art car, and being featured in the Ghibli Museum, among other products and influences.

Character description[edit]

A window stretches to become a door when a person would like to board it to travel. With its multiple caterpillar-like legs,[2] it runs, flies, bounces, and hops across forests and lakes to reach its destination, making whole rice fields sway in its wake. Its eyes shine a yellow light brightly like headlamps to guide it. Mice with glowing eyes suspended next to its destination sign on its back and from its rear serve as tail lights. It is visibly male.[1]

With its large elongated smile and its ability to appear and disappear at will, the Catbus is reminiscent of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Often used to transport Totoros, in the film it makes an exception to help O-Totoro, the main Totoro, who is also the biggest. O-Totoro calls the Catbus and asks it to help Satsuki find her lost sister Mei. As Satsuki boards it, its destination sign changes to "Mei." After the sisters are reunited, the Catbus volunteers to whisk Mei and Satsuki over the countryside to see their hospitalized mother. After Satsuki and Mei return home, the Catbus finally leaves them, its body fading into the evening shadows.

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  1. ^ a b My Neighbor Totoro. Event occurs at 79-81m. 
  2. ^ Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy, Helen (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia. California: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 1-933330-10-4. 
  3. ^ "Catbus: Toys & Games". Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  4. ^ Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino (2006-09-19). Book 1: Water, Box Set (DVD). 
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  6. ^ Philip Kendall (21 August 2013). "From cameos to creepy-crawlies: 15 little-known facts about Studio Ghibli movies". Rocket News 24. RocketNews24 / Socio Corporation. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Ivan Radford (30 May 2013). "25 awesome true facts about My Neighbour Totoro". Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Oliveira Ide S, Schaffer S, Kvartalnov PV, Galoyan EA, Palko IV, Weck-Heimann A, Geissler P, Ruhbergh H, Mayer G (2013). "A new species of Eoperipatus (Onychophora) from Vietnam reveals novel morphological characters for the South-East Asian Peripatidae". Zoologischer Anzeiger - A Journal of Comparative Zoology 252 (4): 495–510. doi:10.1016/j.jcz.2013.01.001. 

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