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Soot Ball from My Neighbor Totoro


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I love the soot sprites.. If

I love the soot sprites.. If you ever go to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka you'll find them all over the place. When i was there I bought two soot sprites for about Y500 that have 'mini maguneeto' (magnets) in them so yo can stick them to random stuff.. They are made of non fluffy felt with eyes that are glossy printed on like you would find on some tshirts..

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Posted by eitlobsaboo on 13 July, 2008 - 07:11

You said that it said spirited away on the tag, but it actually says "Tonari no totoro" in Japanese. I love Miyazaki's films also, I once saw a life size Dai Totoro plush, the big grey one, in Japan, but it was selling for like 400,000 yen($4,000).

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Posted by aesthari on 13 July, 2008 - 08:56
Got It, will

Got It, will change...Cheers

We'll fight them on the Beaches!

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Posted by Showapop on 13 July, 2008 - 11:15
Artificial dust bunnies?

My family owns "Spirited Away". Awesome movie! (But I haven't seen any other Miyazaki films, so I can't comment there.) The Soot Spirits certainly are a favored highlight of the film, right up there with the three green heads that roll around and grunt in Yubaba's apartment/office.

So what if they're used in more than one film? It's a director's signature! Consider our own Sam Raimi, who has that classic car (year/make/model?) in all of his films save one!
(BTW, I'm one of those people who didn't really like any of the "Spider-Man" films.)

...I don't know, I might get one of these if they were right in front of me, but I'm not gonna go out of my way.


One little nitpick, though: unless they're bigger in the other film, in "Spirited Away" the Soot Spirits weren't even 2" across, so I might scale this keychain as 2/1.
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 14 July, 2008 - 12:20
See You Next Wednesday...

It's definitely not a negative when a director uses a a theme over again, that why I used the example of Leone, Godard et al. I actually like it when directors do that but there is a fine line between using it at a crutch and using it as a theme in a film. Miyazaki has made it work for his films and TV shows for many years, and is one reason why I Love his films.

I was thinking of putting 2/1 scale...funny that you mentioned that!


We'll fight them on the Beaches!

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Posted by Showapop on 14 July, 2008 - 16:24