The next film from master animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke) has been roughly slated for 2013, and the director has said that the film will not be “the sort of work that everyone in the audience can relax and watch.” When he made that statement, combined with another comment that the film would be “something realistic,” there was supposition that the film could have something to do with Japan’s reliance on nuclear power.

The film will indeed be something realistic and related to Japan’s actual history, but it turns out that the movie also ties to the director’s fascination with flying. Animators Osamu Kobayashi (Paradise Kiss) and Takashi Hashimoto (Samurai Horror Tales) have recently commented that Miyazaki’s next movie will tell the story of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Zero fighter plane used by Japan in World War II. Read More »

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Hints About Two New Studio Ghibli Projects Revealed

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 »

An Olly Moss print release has become an event of epic proportions. Lines around the block, thousands of people manically mashing their F5 buttons, angry tweets from people who weren’t able to buy one. Moss is one of the most popular artists working today and, if you read /Film regularly, you’re aware of his incredible talents. Mondo has now put those talents to work on an even more exciting announcement. The poster boutique will start releasing posters for the gorgeous and influential films of Studio Ghibli and the first poster, by Moss, is for Hayao Miyazaki‘s classic My Neighbor Totoro. Totoro, along with many other Miyazaki and Ghibli films, are getting 35mm re-releases in theaters soon.

Check out Moss’ new poster, find out how to get one and read more about Mondo’s latest. Read More »

Hayao Miyazaki to Make a Film About Nuclear Power?

There is one popular conception of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki as the Japanese Walt Disney, a man who makes the ultimate family films. And, yes Miyazaki has made some particularly family-friendly movies like Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and My Neighbor Totoro. But all of Miyazaki’s films have a strong point of view behind them, several have a sort of genuine activist bent. (Think films like Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke, for starters.)

So I can’t say I’m surprised to hear that Miyazaki’s next film might be directly inspired by the reliance upon nuclear power in Japan, which has become a big issue in the wake of this year’s earthquake and tsunami disaster. Read More »

In the two and a half decades since its inception, Studio Ghibli has consistently put out some of the most beloved classics of animation — from Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro in the ’80s to more recent projects like Ponyo. So the recent announcement of not one, but two new projects, from studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is exciting news indeed. The report of a new film by Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) is especially intriguing since it’ll be his first feature since 1999′s My Neighbors the Yamadas. Read more after the jump.

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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 »

We just saw a new trailer for Arrietty, the Studio Ghibli movie directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and co-written by Hayao Miyazaki that was released in Japan not long ago and will hit the US early next year. But there is also a new trailer for another Ghibli film, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, which was directed by the younger Miyazaki, Goro Miyazaki.

This is one of our first looks at that one, and while it features no English dialogue or titles, you can get a good view of the gorgeous and classic-style animation after the break. Read More »

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