studio ghibli theme park

Japanese theme parks have been in the news a lot as of late. We recently reported on the news of Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan (Forget about playing Mario Kart – soon you will be able to live the game Mario Kart). We also recently reported on a new attraction called Nemo & Friends SeaRider, developed by Pixar exclusively for Tokyo DisneySea.

In the midst of all this, it was announced that a Studio Ghibli theme park is coming to Japan just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Ghibli, of course, is the animation powerhouse behind such films as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. It has often been likened to Disney, with IMDb even listing “the Japanese Walt Disney” as an official nickname for the studio’s co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki.

Yet the Ghibli park promises to be a very different kind of experience, informed by the environmental sensibilities of Miyazaki’s films. A theme park that values immersion and harmony with nature over thrills has deep roots in the filmmaker’s thematic concerns.

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never ending man hayao miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the best living filmmakers in the world, in and outside of animation. So it was a loss for us all when he announced he would retire in 2013 — and a perplexing but exciting gain for us when he nixed that retirement and stated that he was coming back to direct a feature-length CGI animated film.

And because we got a lovely, melancholy documentary following the end of the last phase of his career — if you haven’t seen 2013’s The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness by Mami Sunada, do so now — we’re getting yet another documentary on Miyazaki titled Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, which follows his newfound passion for CGI animation and the making of the film bringing him out of retirement, Boro the Caterpillar.

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Ghiblies Episode 2 clip

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Spirited Away is headed back into theaters for a very limited run next month. And while you’re probably familiar with that Studio Ghibli classic already, it’ll be bringing with it something you’ve probably never seen before. Playing after Spirited Away will be Ghiblies: Episode 2, a Studio Ghibli short film that’s never been released in North America.

Head below to check out a Ghiblies: Episode 2 clip, and get all details on its U.S. theatrical release with Spirited AwayRead More »

Hayao Miyazaki Coming Out of Retirement Again

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2016’s been a rough year, so here’s a bit of good news to brighten your day. Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Japanese animator and filmmaker, has decided to come out of retirement for one last feature film. Specifically, he’s got plans to turn a CG-animated short he’s been working on, Boro the Caterpillar, into a full-length feature. Read More »

Only Yesterday trailer

When Daisy Ridley was first announced for the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we weren’t quite sure what to make of her, for the very good reason that we, like most people, had no idea who she was. But now that the movie’s finally opened, Ridley’s dazzled us all with her charm and talent, and we’re dying to see what she’ll do next.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long. Ridley already has her first big voice role lined up in Only Yesterday, a 25-year-old Studio Ghibli feature that’ll be released in North America for the first time next year. Also lending their voices to the English-language dub are Dev Patel, Alison Fernandez, and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars Rebels). Watch the Only Yesterday trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Only Yesterday US release

GKids will release the English-language remake of Studio Ghibli‘s 1991 anime classic Only Yesterday. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Isao Takahata’s movie has never seen official release in North America and it i the only theatrical Studio Ghibli feature not yet released on home video in the United States or Canada (although a subtitled version of the film aired on Turner Classic Movies in January 2006 as part of the channel’s month-long salute to Miyazaki and Ghibli). GKids is planning the release the English-dubbed film theatrically in early 2016, coinciding with the film’s 25th anniversary. But the bigger news is the voice cast for this English-language release. Hit the jump to read more about the Only Yesterday US release.

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Studio Ghibli documentary

We’ve told you about The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, the documentary about Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. Now we get to tell you that GKIDS, the US distributor which has taken up distribution of some Ghibli titles in the States, will bring the doc to US theaters this year. Read More »

Ronia-the-Robbers-Daughter

Briefly: The output of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has been aimed primarily at movie theaters, but the company is aiming at television for its next project. In August, a television series based on Astrid Lindgren‘s novel Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, will air in Japan. The book has been turned into a film in Sweden, as well as a stage play and musical.

The series was created as a coproduction with Polygon Pictures, and Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro Miyazaki is directing. The book is about Ronia, daughter of robber chieftain, and in the novel she develops a relationship with the son of a rival chieftain. They spend time together in secret until a chain of events exposes their friendship. [via NHK]

Hayao Miyazaki Retires From Feature Directing

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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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Mondo Comic-Con 2013

Every poster has a story. But in the case of Mondo, sometimes they release so many posters, we never really get to hear much about them.

Mondo was out in force at San Diego Comic-Con, releasing almost two dozen brand-new posters (including variants) over the course of four days. So when I got a chance to sat down with creative director Justin Ishmael, I decided to learn a bit more about the creation of some of those posters such as Martin Ansin‘s Conan the Barbarian, Ash Thorpe‘s Pacific Rim and William Stout‘s King Kong. Then, of course, we got around to talking about how the poster game itself is changing, their exciting relationship with Studio Ghibli, the likely location of the next Mondo Mystery Movie (along with a tease of the film), Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, new records…and toy prints?

Check out the full interview below. Read More »