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 »

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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 »

An international English-language trailer has dropped for Studio Ghibli‘s Arrietty, the directorial debut of animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The new spot features the UK voice cast, which includes Saoirse Ronan as Arrietty, Olivia Coleman, Tom Holland, and Mark Strong.

Based on Mary Norton‘s classic children’s series The Borrowers, the film revolves around a 14-year-old girl named Arrietty Clock, who is one of a group of tiny people who secretly reside in the homes of regular-sized people and “borrow” supplies from them as needed. When Arrietty is discovered by a human boy, the two strike up a friendship that has big repercussions for the Clocks’ lives. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Goro Miyazaki to Direct New Film For Studio Ghibli

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 »

Miyazaki Planning Sequel to Porco Rosso

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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 »

LOL: If Miyazaki Directed Futurama

If Miyazaki Directed Futurama

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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