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I really love these monsters, but they are monsters nonetheless. The Catbus is a weird, contorted, hollowed out Cat-body that people can ride inside of. Creepy. Totoro is a big, bloated, furry thing inhabiting some sort of world outside of human or animal. Their bodies morph, change, and are much less stable than human bodies. What I like about Totoro and the Catbus are the possibilities that they offer, possibilities of what bodies may become and possibilities for rethinking bodies. Becoming Bodies Most people, especially in the West, fear changing bodies.
I was amazed and energized. The film was so cool; I just couldn’t imagine everyone not loving it. I was proud to be a part of bringing it to the public. Perfect Blue was definitely considered an “Art House” picture and so only a few prints would be made, traveling slowly around the country. Our goal was to create awareness of the film and a buzz to hopefully spur DVD sales. ” They wanted permission to show clips of Perfect Blue as background during the song, “What It Feels Like for a Girl,” for her tour.
For example, in Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls, Kim Toffoletti examines popular culture artifacts such as Barbie dolls and Marilyn Manson for the ways that they help us to imagine what the body can be. She calls Barbie a “posthuman prototype” due to the ways its hard plastic torso, rubbery limbs, and unachievable proportions serve as a cultural manifestation of what posthuman bodies may be. Popular culture representations say something about the culture the representations developed out of. Representations on television and film show what people in a particular culture fear or love.