Get on the cat bus! American Cinematheque hosts 14-film Studio Ghibli film festival

Studio Ghibli

An unforgettable image from Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro." Note the mice as warning lights.

Have you ever been in an elevator with a giant, sweaty, daikon? Or ridden on a cat bus? Those are just two of the unforgettable images from Studio Ghibli, which you could call the Japanese Disney ... although some would say Disney is the American Ghibli.

Starting today, the American Cinematheque is screening 14 films from Ghibli, which was founded in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and has produced "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle" and "My Neighbor Totoro," to name its most famous movies. But this retrospective at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres also includes movies you probably haven't seen.

I talk about them this weekend on Off-Ramp with animation expert Charles Solomon, but you can listen now.

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