My Neighbor Totoro – Neko Bus (Cat Bus)
Gender : Male
Species : Catbus
Status : Vanishing the his dream
Hair color : Brown
Eye color : Yellow
Appearance : My Neighbor Totoro, Mei and the Kittenbus
Voice actor (Japanese) : Naoko Matsui
Voice actor (Streamline) : Carl Macek
Voice actor (Disney) : Frank Welker
The Catbus also known as ( ネコバス Nekobasu?) (referred to in the film as ねこのバス, ‘Neko no basu’) is a transporting animal bus looking character in My Neighbor Totoro, He is met by Mei, Satsuki and Totoro. (though Totoro could have known him for years since he already knows to take it to get back to his home under the camper tree).
The Catbus appears on the road (mostly the bus stop), of the forest when Mei, Satsuki and Totoro were waiting for their father’s bus…. the girls mistake it for their father’s bus but in the dark it erratically jumps up and down, confusing the girls. After the bus speeds a bit too fast and then backs up… it meows with it’s glowing carlight eyes and smiles like the Cheshire cat…. (when he spots the girls), the girls make a random noise in surprise.
- The Catbus is similar to the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland. (due to it’s smile and it having stripes on the same areas).
- When a passenger wants to go on (mostly Totoro and the girls), it’s sides droop down…. (not like a normal bus door that slides on the side.. but in the movie’s real bus the door’s are open with a lady standing there.. due to the it being the era of the 50’s and it being in Japan they probably didn’t have button’s to open the doors like today).
- In the end credits you’ll see a scene where Mei is drawing the catbus… but adding extra legs or skin windows….
- The only dialog you’ll get is from the rodents above it, (most bus’s don’t have a voice intercom outside of the bus,… maybe in Japan,… but not sure since the bus in the movie didn’t say anything so it could be they don’t have an intercom or, didn’t wanna add one, but the Catbus is the only one who has an outside intercom),… it could be the rodents talking or the catbus.
there is a reference to the catbus in the game persona 5
Kittenbus are children of Catbus in Mei and the Kittenbus a sequel shorts of My Neighbor Totoro. He is friend of Mei Kusakabe and Totoro.
The Kittenbus looks similar to the Catbus. It has six legs and brown/orange fur, with yellow eyes. It can travel to anywhere in seconds.
Kittenbus will be appears in My Neighbor Totoro 2.
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