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Studio Ghibli is currently animating two new shorts — "Pan-Dane to Tamago-Hime" (Yeast and Princess Egg) and "Takara-Sagashi" (Treasure Hunting) — for Tokyo's Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Museum, and it plans to complete them this year. The museum's Saturn Theater plans to show the new shorts between November 20 and May of next year. The museum opened a new exhibit on Saturday to showcase the seven anime shorts it has already screened at its theater, and the theater will show a different short every two weeks between now and November 8.
The museum's new exhibit features plush figures of the Kittenbus creatures that appear in "Mei and the Kittenbus" ("Mei to Konekobasu"), a mini-sequel to My Neighbor Totoro. The exhibit also has photographs of the neighborhood near Japan Railways' Koganei station; this neighborhood happens to be the one near Studio Ghibli itself and the real-life inspiration for the setting of "Koro's Big Day Out" ("Koro no Daisanpo"), a story of a puppy's adventures around town after his owner leaves the front gate open. Another display has the open fire pit seen in "Chū-Zumō," a story about sumo-wrestling mice that debuted in January.
Producer Toshio Suzuki revealed on his Ghibli Asemamire radio program in January that Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is animating a 10-minute short without dialogue for the Ghibli Museum. Miyazaki had planned and scripted "Chū-Zumō," and he also directed "Mei and the Kittenbus" and "Koro's Big Day Out."
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