Released in 1988, director Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro became a hallmark of Japanese animated cinema and won praise globally from the World of Cinema. The unique and captivating characters and scenes from the film, which serve as a source of inspiration to many, have resulted in a host of artistic LEGO creations.
Brickshelf user kamikazek created a sculpture of Totoro himself and fully captured the innocent nature of one of the movie’s central characters.The movie features three Totoros (or spirits) with the ō Totoro (seen above), being the largest. Totoro has become such a cultural icon that it even made a cameo in Toy Story 3.One the main scenes from the movie, the home of the central human characters Satsuki and Mei was recreated by Brickshelf user O-SAWA. The creation captures the homes quaint feel and is the first place that the girl’s: Satsuku and Mei, come in contact with spirits, namely the soot spirits. Not only was the house built out of LEGO bricks, but at Expo 2005 saw the building of a life sized model of the house.
Recreated out of LEGO by Japanese builder Tomoyuki Wakata, the Catbus is another popular character from My Neighbor Totoro. The Catbus serves as a mode of transportation for Totoros but was also used by Satsuki and ō Totoro in the movie.
But, in the above creation, Brickshelf user andybear really provides a great snapshot of the entire film. The top level features a minifigure scaled Totoros, Catbus, figures of Satsuki, Mei and their father as well as their home while the bottom level has a scene from the forest. The creation, much like the others, capture the unique and hopeful vibe of the movie and demonstrate My Neighbor Totoro’s lasting impact as a medium of inspiration.
Source: Double Feature (Image)