8 Totoro Custom Toys
Our parents had Micky Mouse and Bugs Bunny. And while those characters (and many more) are timeless, we have our own generation’s mascots in Super Mario and Totoro, the titular forest spirit from Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro. So it only makes sense that toy customizers would create plush and plastic tributes to Totoro. Hit the link for our top eight Totoro custom toys.
Studio Ghibli Meets Street Fighter
What would happen if there were an 8-Bit fighter for the NES called Spirit Fighter featuring different characters from Studio Ghibli movies? Planet earth would be way more awesome, that’s what!
Too bad it’s not a real game, but it’s a sweet shirt designed by Drew Wise and you can get it from The Yetee for just $11. Then wear it while you learn how to make a game exactly like this so I can play the living potatoes out of it.
AN ELEGANT TWIST ON GEEK PAPERCRAFT
Will Pigg creates spectacular hand-cut 3D papercraft portraits that give a whole new sense of depth and dimension to iconic imagery from all corners of geek pop culture.
8-Bit Totoro tile street art spotted in Paris.
Daily Graffiti: Totoro Tags It Up
Spotted by Georgie_grrl.
Buy: Totoro stuff
Tiny Totoro Dreams Jewelry Box
I don’t own much jewelry, but damn is this box pretty awesome. Little Creations by Etsy user The Bird and The Bee recently posted this cool Totoro jewelry box, featuring creatures from the beloved Miyazaki film, My Neighbor Totoro. Check the images in hi res to see how tiny these little models are inside of the actual box. It’s amazing to notice how small those painted eyes are. They’ve also got a big Studio Ghibli collection of jewelry to check out as well, for those interested.
From Studio Ghibli And The Director Of ‘Evangelion’ Comes ‘Giant God Warrior’
Developed by Evangelion director Hideaki Anno and produced by Studio Ghibli (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo), Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru (Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo) is a short film inspired by the Giant God Warriors from Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Also worth mentioning is that there’s no computer generated effects here, it’s all traditional filmmaking techniques like miniatures and actual honest-to-goodness explosions.
You can check out the full short from July 7 to October 8 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo as part of their “Kanchō Anno Hideaki Tokusatsu Hakubutsukan” (Curator Hideaki Anno’s Special Effects Museum) exhibition.
Goodsmile Company will also be selling the Giant God Warrior Figma below exclusively at the exhibit, but commonfolk will be able to procure one online after October 8.
Thanks to Jason for the tip!
A Little Bit on the Ocarina Side: Sometimes at night, if you listen real hard, you can hear Totoro playing his ocarina from atop a tree. Here’s an extended range ocarina with a Totoro logo and even a tiny sculpt of the fluffy troll thing himself. One is on eBay right now for $215.
A Little Bit On The OMG CUTEST TOTORO COSPLAY EVER!!! Side: Cherie made this adorable Totoro costume for her daughter Yuki and I can’t get over the insane amount of cuteness right now. I showed this to my fiancee and she seriously suggested adopting an Asian baby for the sole sake of dressing it up in cute cosplay. Then I told her she was racist and called the wedding off. Just kidding, we’re totally banging as I’m typing thissl;ks;s;lgl;ss. 8==D~*
(via The Uniblog)
Studio Ghibli Blu-Rays Are Classy
Ah, silhouettes on a solid background. I’m still not sick of this style and it works really well with these Studio Ghibli Blu-Rays, which will be available on Wednesday. Now the bad news: They’re only available in Japan and Hong Kong, plus they’re ringing in at about $85 each. Wow.
Daily Graffiti: Totoro Graffiti in Bristol
Spotted by The Moog. If I was a shop owner and saw this on my shutters, I’d be perfectly okay with it.
Viz Media Needs Artists for Japan Relief Project ART FOR HOPE
Handy with a pencil and sketchpad? Like anime and manga? Can you draw more than just stick figures? Viz Media is looking for artists for their upcoming art anthology ART FOR HOPE. The anthology will be available in limited edition book form from Vizmanga.com and digitial versions will be available through the Viz Manga iOS App with 100% of the proceeds being used to help Japan.
The Totoro piece above by Jorge Monlongo is just one of the pieces that will be featured in the anthology.
There IS a bit of a catch, though. The contest is a cross-promotional effort between Viz and Autodesk, Inc., so you MUST use Autodesk Sketchbook software to create your submitted work.