Goro Miyazaki, the son of master animator Hayao Miyzaki, will direct a new film for famed company Studio Gibli. The picture will adapt the 1980 manga Kokuriko-Zaka Kara by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsur? Sayama.
Goro Miyazaki has made one other film for Studio Ghibli: the poorly-received Tales From Earthsea. The poor reception was due to the fact that the film is thin and not particularly compelling; add the weight of expectation based on the fact that the director is the son of one of the world’s greatest animators, and there were very high expectations the film had no ability to meet. But will his second film be a further slump, or a sophomore score? Read More »
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Hayao Miyazaki has never made a direct sequel to one of his films. But it looks like he might be about to embark on the first. A new interview with the director suggests that he has conceived a sequel to his sixth film, Porco Rosso, which featured an ace fighter pilot who has been cursed to live with the face of a pig. The sequel, Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie, would pick up long after Porco flew off to a semi-mysterious fate at the end of the first film; we’d see the flying pig much older, in part to reflect the advanced age of his creator. Read More »
What might Futurama look like if it was directed by legendary Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki? Bouletcorp has the answer! Check out the full illustration after the jump.
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The good news: Disney is finally giving a domestic release to Tales From Earthsea, the 2006 film directed by Hayao Miyazaki‘s son Goro Miyazaki that adapts stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. The bad news: it will still be Tales From Earthsea, which wasn’t up to the high standards set for Ghibli films by the elder Miyazaki. Read More »
The new trailer for Toy Story 3 hit the web yesterday. If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it now here! As you probably know, I’m an obsessive Pixar fanatic and love finding all of the little easter eggs that the animators/designers hide in the films. In the past we’ve taken a look at the easter eggs in Pete Docter‘s Up, Andrew Stanton‘s WALL-E and Brad Bird‘s Ratatouille. So I thought we’d take a look at the new trailer and see what easter eggs we could find (with the help of director Lee Unkrich‘s tweets).
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Twitch has posted a short teaser trailer for the upcoming animated film from Japan’s Studio Ghibli titled Karigurashi No Arrietty (The Borrowers). Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who served as a key animator on Hayao Miyazaki‘s classics Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle or Spirited Away, makes his directorial debut. And at 36-years-old, Yonebayashi becomes the youngest person to have directed a film for Studio Ghibli. The film is adapted from Mary Norton‘s The Borrowers, a novel Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata had considered developing into an animated film for the past 40 years. Here is the official plot synopsis from IMDb:
14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity 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.
It is also worth noting a bit of trivia: The story is set in the contemporary Western Tokyo’s neighborhood of Koganei, the real-life location of Studio Ghibli. Watch the teaser, embedded after the jump.
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After a nice ten year hiatus since he completed My Neigbours The Yamadas, Isao Takahata is back at work directing the next feature film from Studio Ghibli. Taketori Monogatari, which translates as The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, will be an adaptation of the story considered to be the oldest surviving Japanese folktale. It is an incredibly well known story, at home, much as Grimm’s Fairy Tales are in the West.
I recall that Kon Ichikawa made a live action version of the tale with Toshiro Mifune and, according to my Google Research, Big Bird witnesses a telling of the story by schoolchildren in the TV movie Big Bird in Japan but I dare say most renditions will become ancillary to the Ghibli version, if not outright forgotten in its shadow. I suspect this toon is likely to become a definitive version in Japan much in the way Disney have laid claim to Snow White or Pinocchio for Western audiences. You only have to imagine how deeply entrenched a Pixar version of
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Over the weekend Devindra happened to find a great Ponyo music parody created by TheSwitcher called Ponyo on a Boat! Of course, this music video edit of the recent Hayao Miyazaki anime uses the NSFW rap song “I’m On A Boat” by The Lonely Island and featuring T-Pain. Beware of possible minor spoilers. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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