Briefly: We’ll have to wait for more info, but Twitch reports that Hayao Miyazaki‘s retirement from feature directing was announced at the Venice Film Festival, where his new film The Wind Rises is in competition. He didn’t make the statement himself; rather, Studio Ghibli president Hoshino Koji announced it. There were no further details.
Long-time fans of the director will recall that this is not the first time the director has announced his intention to retire. Only time will tell whether or not he will truly stay away from features now; the fact that the announcement specifically mentioned feature directing does leave the door open for the filmmaker to craft other work, which will be some consolation to fans.
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From Up On Poppy Hill, co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Gor? Miyazaki, was Studio Ghibli’s big 2011 release. It tells the story of two high school students hoping to clean up their hometown who run up against the corporate mindset of a local businessman. When the film came out in Japan last summer, it was a success for the legendary company and soon after, producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy decided to bring it to North America via GKids. The film will be released in November for an Oscar qualifying run followed by a wider release in March 2013. Its impressive English language voice cast has now been revealed. Read the full list after the jump. Read More »
The worlds portrayed by Studio Ghibli are so vivid, colorful and imaginative, it seems almost silly to try and picture them realistically. They’re animated for a reason. One film that has a particularly grounded feel though, at least as far as Ghibli goes, is Hayao Miyazaki‘s Princess Mononoke, and that’s probably the reason why Ghibli has officially licensed a London theater group to put on a live-action stage production. It’s the first-ever of its kind.
Princess Mononoke, adapted by the Whole Hog Theatre, will run from April 2-6, 2013 at the New Diorama Theatre in London. This announcement was originally made in July and prompted quite the response, with the run completely selling out in 72 hours.
After the jump, find out more about how Whole Hog plans on adapting one of Miyazaki’s masterworks and how you might be able to see it yourself. Read More »
This weekend marks the release of the first new Studio Ghibli film on U.S. screens since 2009. It’s called The Secret World of Arriety and besides being a very sweet, enjoyable film, the title is also a great way to describe the world of Ghibli itself. Everything about their productions is shrouded in secrecy. Then, one day, as if by magic, a lovely movie appears, beautifully animated for the world to see.
Due to that level of secrecy, it’s rare that any worthwhile information on a Ghibli project pops up before it’s good and ready. But today it has. After the jump, read some information about a Ghibli project involving a samurai and another potentially by the director of Evangelion. Read More »
So-Cal Studio Ghibli fans jealous that New Yorkers got to see new prints of these classic animated films projected on the big screen won’t have to wait long to get their turn. The Studio Ghibli Collection makes its way to Los Angeles, at both the Egyptian and Aero Theaters, from January 26-February 12.
Fourteen films produced by Ghibli: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984),Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), The Ocean Waves (1993), Porco Rosso (1992), Pom Poko (1994), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999), Spirited Away (2001),The Cat Returns (2002) and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), will screen both in their original language with subtitles as well as dubbed Englis for younger audiences. Find out how to get tickets and more after the break. Read More »
Many of us have seen, or at least have heard of, the 1989 animated film Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (seen above). Based on the groundbreaking comic strip by Winsor McCay, it centers on a young boy and the wild adventures he has in his dreams. Long before its release, the film went through years of development hell and, at one point, was actually being developed by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Ultimately, Miyazaki and his team left the project and it became something very different, but a clip has now surfaced that gives us an idea of what Little Nemo in Dreamland, the Ghibli version of the film, might have been.
Part Peter Pan, part E.T., part Ponyo and part Top Gun, this clip will make you wish this film existed. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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Studio Ghibi has released a trailer for The Borrower Arrietty, their Japanese anime adaptation of Mary Norton‘s fantasy novel The Borrowers. The movie tells the story of 14-year-old Arrietty, who lives in peaceful anonymity with the rest of the Clock family, as “they make their own home from items “borrowed” from the house’s human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.”
The film will mark the directorial debut of animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who will become the youngest person to direct a film for Ghibli. Studio founder Hayao Miyazaki oversaw the production. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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