Available in the UK?
Certificate: PG (My Neighbour Totoro)
Mei & The Kittenbus is a 13 minute short film
that Hayao Miyazaki created as an exhibit for the Studio Ghibli
Museum in Tokyo. It is the closest thing Miyazaki has done to
a sequel for any of his films but has yet to be shown outside the
Museum's Saturn Theatre, and is unavailable on DVD. The films
shown in the theatre change periodically and it's hard to predict which
will be shown, it is also in Japanese with no subtitles.
DVD Extras (UK release):
DVD Extras (20th Century Fox US release):
Availability & Price:
My Neighbour Totoro has been released in the UK, US and Japan on DVD. The UK version was released by Optimum Asia as part of their Studio Ghibli Collection and is widely available from most DVD retailers, expect to pay £10-£16.
The Japanese version is worth a look for purists looking for the original English dub and great extras (unfortunately unsubtitled), but you will have to have deep pockets - it costs around £25-£35 from specialist retailers such as YesAsia and Otaku UK.
Mei & The Kittenbus is unavailable on DVD and
can only be seen in the Studio Ghibli Museum in the Tokyo suburb
of Mitaka. The handful of short films shown in the Museum's
cinema are cycled, but only one film is shown at any one time.
This means it is very difficult to predict whether Mei & The
Kittenbus will be showing if you visit. However, if you are
going to Japan and you want to visit the Museum you will need to
buy an admission voucher in advance from
UK, a Japanese tour company who are the official ticket outlet for
the UK. You can buy vouchers up to three months in advance and you
must specify the date you will visit and provide your address, date of
birth, name and passport number. Expect to pay around £5 (plus
£3.50 booking fee) for a voucher. For more info just drop them an
email on the address given on their website.