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More Cartoon Recaps and Fewer “Live-Action” Remakes, Please

Why watch a redundant photorealistic remake when you can watch a charmingly irreverent recap video that’s under five minutes?
Totoro Cas Van De Pol
By  · Published on July 1st, 2020

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You know what’s way better than live-action remakes of animated classics? Short, creative recaps of animated classics.

Photorealistic remakes of beloved kids films aren’t just redundant, they don’t bring much more to the table than the lazy dopamine rush of “oh, hey I remember that scene!” And look, there’s nothing wrong with doing what you need to do to boost your mood. But if you want to save time and, more importantly, support artists who can cover old ground while bringing something new and creative to the table: animated recaps are where it’s at.

Cas van de Pol’s abridged takes on classic animated films like Bambi and The Lion King aren’t just summaries, they’re funny, insightful, and irreverent in their own right, underlining recurring motifs and exaggerating quirks all while retaining the artists’ own endearingly, off-kilter sense of humor. Which brings us to van de Pol’s latest: a recap of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro that captures the heart and visuals of the Hayao Miyazaki-helmed original while adding a sizable dose of the childish chaos.

You can watch “The Ultimate “My Neighbor Totoro” Recap Cartoon” here:

Who made this?

Cas van de Pol is a Dutch animator who has made it his business to create endearing, off-kilter cartoon summaries of beloved kids films. You can subscribe to van de Pol’s YouTube here. And you can follow van de Pol on Twitter here.

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