If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli films, as all right-thinking people should be, you’re going to love this: someone has come up with a design for a ride based on the 1988 Studio Ghibli film, My Neighbor Totoro. We can hear the chorus of “aww” from here. According to Kotaku, Disney artist John Ramirez is a huge fan of the animation studio and was inspired to create the visuals seen above. Ramirez has not only worked on films like The Lion King, Toy Story 2 and Aladdin — he also designs rides for theme parks.
The Totoro ride, based on the adorably fluffy, wonderfully mysterious “keeper of the forest” begins with you entering an acorn. You travel through dad’s office next, and then out into the backyard where the very first meeting with Totoro takes place. Then you travel through the bushes, which appear to be a tunnel to a video wall of the camphor tree. You’ll pass the turning tree, the night sky, other video walls, and, of course, the disappearing catbus. Finally, you make your way past a room full of so much adorable Totoro-ness, you won’t know what to do with yourself. Even the dust sprites are there! Ramirez is clearly a huge fan of the film and it shows in every bit of the design.
Ramirez told Kotaku that he’s spoken to Hayao Miyazaki several times about having Disney build such a ride. He said he’ll continue asking “until they bar me from the studio or until he says yes!” Oh, Disney and Miyazaki-San, please say yes! Think of toys you could sell! People will run up to your stores screaming, “Take my money! Take it now!” It’s a no brainer, guys.
But what do you think of the design? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure you check out more of John’s work on his Instagram.
Have you ever heard the spooky My Neighbor Totoro fan theory? Dan Casey breaks it down in The Dan Cave:[brightcove video_id=”4245987399001″ brightcove_account_id=”3653334524001″ brightcove_player_id=”2bfa565b-5412-4cfd-9211-6269880b8a5e”]
Image credit: John Ramirez