This Oregon Tourism Ad Is A Glorious Tribute To Studio Ghibli

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Travel Oregon, a tourism agency that was created by the state government, released a video this week in an effort to boost tourism to the state. It’s completely animated and makes the state out to be a Studio Ghibli fantasy land. If I rent a Fiat 500 in Oregon, will I be able to drive it to the Castle of Cagliostro? My gut says yes.

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You’ll remember that yellow Fiat 500 as the car that master thief Arsène Lupin III drives and lives out of in Hayao Miyazaki’s debut feature film, The Castle of Cagliostro. It’s easily one of the most iconic Studio Ghibli cars. And it gets a tiny hat tip in the Travel Oregon video, titled “Only Slightly Exaggerated.”

I kind of wanted to see Chihiro Ogino’s father’s Audi A4 from Spirited Away in the Oregon video—the way he crashed it through the forest was quite excellent. But we can’t have everything in the world.

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Anyway, now that that’s over, I’m going to go and watch all of Miyazaki’s movies over again. Bye.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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The A4 in Spirited Away is interesting because it helps describe the father. He’s very conscious of appearance (thus an exclusive foreign car) but still cheap because the car’s a left hand drive import. Buying a proper A4 in Japan - with right hand drive - would have been too expensive.