Daily News Bytes: ‘The Cat Returns’ To Ghibli Fest, ‘Isle of Dogs’ Prize App, ‘Solo’ Blasts Off to Cannes & More

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Black Girl Animators Collective Aims to Make Animation More Inclusive
Teen Vogue talks to creator, producer & writer Taylor K. Shaw about the first and only animation company specifically for black women — a one stop shop for talent representation, original content, and training that seeks to shift the longtime underrepresentation in the industry.

TICKETS ON SALE: Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 – ‘The Cat Returns’
GKIDS and Fathom Events continue to celebrate the iconic Japanese studio with a three-screening engagement of this imaginative fantasy adventure about a girl who saves the life of the King of Cats and becomes a special friend to the magical felines. Dubbed screenings April 22 & 25, subtitled screening April 23. [Trailer.]

’Isle of Dogs’ Drops Daily Scraps in Mobile App
Fox Searchlight has launched an interactive mobile experience that gives Wes Anderson fans the chance to win real props and promotional items from Isle of Dogs with a virtual treasure hunt inspired by Trash Island. Log in on mobile daily at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET for the half-hour trash delivery window to get your paws on prize-winning Puppy Snaps!

‘Black Panther’ Blazes Trails at Box Office and Global Movie Biz
Marvel’s smash-hit comic-book flick is poised to overtake Titanic as the No. 3 domestic grossing film of all time (ignoring inflation) at $ 1.6 billion, and has helped Disney Studios dominate the charts for 2018. The groundbreaking blend of superhero action and eye-popping afrofuturism is also expected to be the first movie to screen in public Saudi cinemas in 35 years.

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ to Be Presented at Cannes Film Festival
Lucasfilm’s latest Star Wars adventure has been selected to screen as part of the Official Selection and Out of Competition tracks at Cannes (May 8-19). Director Ron Howard is expected to attend a Red Carpet event with cast members Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller, Joonas Suotamo and Paul Bettany.

Women Are in Charge: How TV Production Is Evolving
#MeToo and #TimesUp are throwing open the grimy closet of the entertainment industry and tossing out the skeletons, accelerating a changing industry landscape on top of a recent bloom of female-fronted and female-focused companies. Who run the world?

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Daily News Bytes: Studio Ghibli Fest Presents ‘Ponyo,’ China ❤️ ‘Molang’, ‘Rick and Morty’ Fans Take Action & More

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Marvel’s Avengers Are Getting Their Own TV Channel
Disney TV in the UK and Ireland will launch a “pop up channel” dedicated to the superhero squad, with an on-air takeover across Sky and Virgin Disney XD +1 channels from April 1-29. Fans can catch exclusive Infinity War content as well as new Marvel Funko animated shorts, premieres of Marvel Video Comic and Super Hero Adventures shorts, and the complete Avengers Assemble animated series.

Visegrad Animation Forum Announces Official Project Selection
21 projects from across Europe have been picked out to participate in the Short Film and TV Series & Specials pitch competitions, which each come with a 2,000 EUR development funding prize. TV winners get access to Cartoon Forum 2018, Animation Sans Frontiers is offering a 1,500 EUR scholarship, and Playade Sound (Poland) is offering 1,000 EUR to the best short film to cover sound postproduction.

Care2 Petition for ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Nears Goal
A fan-generated petition to Adult Swim to order a fourth season of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s cult hit sci-fi comedy is rapidly reaching its 3,000 signature goal, with 2,700+ Szechuan Sauce-chugging wannabe mad scientists joining the call. Harmon recently Tweeted a sarcastic reply to a fan who told him to finish the unordered season and stop being a “lazy alcoholic.” A former series writer had revealed in January that none of the parties seemed particularly keen on getting to work. Wubba lubba dub dub!

Millimages Sweeps Chinese Market with Multiple Deals
The Emmy-nominated French producer continues to extend the presence of its best-selling animated series Molang (104 x 3’30?) across the country, with pickups from top platforms Tencent, Alibaba’s Youku and Tudou, and Mango TV, following its iQiYi premiere — an L&M program is coming soon through Alibaba. Millimages also inked a package deal with Wow Dadi for Pirata & Capitano (52 x 11’), S1-2 of Paper Port (52 x 11’) and S1-2 of Corneil & Bernie (104 x 13’). The company now has 10 series on offer in mainland China.

Snapchat Introduces a Morbidly Cute New ‘Cuphead’ Lens
The app is bringing the merciless action of the Fleischer-esque brawler game to your phone camera with a new lens featuring Cuphead and Mugman, who start blasting when a person enters the frame — but they’re not invincible!

Studio Ghibli Fest Kicks Off with 10th Anniversary Screenings of ‘Ponyo’
GKIDS and Fathom Events bring back the Studio Ghibli Fest this weekend with Hayao Miayazaki’s Oscar-nominated “mermaid” tale, in theaters nationwide for three days only March 25, 26 and 28. The family adventure centers on a young boy named Sosuke who gets more than he bargains for when he rescues a stranded goldfish — which turns out to be a magical creature named Ponyo whose desire to be human causes chaos, and whose sorcerer father won’t let her go that easily. Featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Lily Tomlin, Liam Neeson, and more.

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GKIDS, Fathom’s Studio Ghibli Fest Returns; VIZ Announces ‘Art of Arrietty’

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After a successful first run in 2017, GKIDS and Fathom Events have opted to continue their partnership to bring another series of treasured anime classics to U.S. theaters with Studio Ghibli Fest 2018. Starting this month, fans will have fresh opportunities to soak up their favorite titles on the big screen, along with some special surprises exclusive to the screening events.

“We were overjoyed with the passionate response to last year’s festival,” said GKIDS CEO Eric Beckman. “The artistry, wonder, and excitement of Studio Ghibli is best experienced in movie theaters, and we are thrilled to be working together again with Fathom Events to bring these movies to fans nationwide.”

The Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 kicks off with Ponyo, marking the Hayao Miyazaki film’s 10th anniversary with screenings March 25, 26 and 28. The lineup will continue through the year with The Cat Returns (Hiroyuki Morita, 2002) Apr. 22, 23 & 25; Porco Rosso (Miyazaki, 1992) May 20, 21 & 23; Pom Poko (Isao Takahata, 1994) June 17, 18 & 20; Princess Mononoke (Miyazaki, 1997) July 22, 23 & 25; Grave of the Fireflies 30th Anniversary (Takahata) Aug. 12, 13 & 15; My Neighbor Totoro 30th Anniversary (Miyazaki) Sept. 20, Oct. 1 & 3; Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001) Oct. 28, 29 & 30; and Castle in the Sky (Miyazaki, 1986) Nov. 18, 19 & 20.

Keep tabs on the 2018 slate at online here. Tickets will be available through www.ghiblifest.com, www.fathomevents.com and through participating theaters.

In other Ghibli news, VIZ Media has announced the impending release of a new hardcover edition of The Art of The Secret World of Arrietty, due out March 6. The latest addition to the publisher’s Studio Ghibli Library collection is a vividly illusrated ode to the creative brilliance behind the 2010 film.

The Art of The Secret World of Arrietty features hundreds of character and production sketches as well as insights from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and other key creators involved with the film,” says Masumi Washington, Editor. “We invite readers to dive deeper into The Secret World of Arrietty with this beautiful hardcover release.”

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Daily News Bytes: ‘Home for the Holidays’ & ‘King Julien’ Clips, MEDIA Backs 3 CEE Toons, Ghibli at IFC & More

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Three Animated Projects from the CEE Region Received Support from Creative Europe MEDIA
Among 10 total projects from seven different countries, the regional industry’s growth is evidenced by the org’s backing Of Unwanted Things and People (feature, Czech Rep.), The Twisted Tales (web/TV series, Slovenia) and Crystal Raiders (feature, Croatia).

‘The Shape of Water’ to Receive Vanguard Award at 19th Annual Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival
PSIFF will present the special honor to Guillermo del Toro and the stellar ensemble cast of his latest groundbreaking film at the Awards Gala. (Read more about The Shape of Water in the January issue of Animation Magazine, No. 276).

“Guillermo del Toro is a master storyteller, whose boundless imagination has crafted a visually dazzling fable with The Shape of Water,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “This romantic story of a woman discovering herself as she falls for someone otherworldly is driven by an astounding performance by Sally Hawkins, and features an acclaimed cast including Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones and Michael Stulhbarg. This exemplary group of actors brings to life this magical ode to cinema. It is our honor to present the Vanguard Award to The Shape of Water.”

TIX ON SALE: The Complete Studio Ghibli at IFC
New Yorkers can catch their favorite features from the acclaimed anime studio December 1 through January 11 in this comprehensive retrospective. In addition to the iconic theatrical features from Grave of the Fireflies and Totoro to Spirited Away and Porco Rosso, the lineup also includes the recently “re-discovered” TV movie Ocean Waves and 2013 documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. Afternoon screenings in English sub, evening screenings in English dub.

CLIP: ‘All Hail King Julien’ – Mort the Mermaid
DreamWorks Animation TV released the final season of its multi-Emmy-winning original series All Hail King Julien on Netflix streaming Friday. The show is bidding fans adieu with plenty of laughs, larks and special guests including Anjelica Huston, Henry Winkler, Max Greenfield, Glen Powell, David Krumholtz, David Koechner, John Michael Higgins and more.

CLIPS: Kelly Clarkson and Ben Schwartz Get Their Song on in ‘Home for the Holidays’
Pop queen Clarkson brings the gift of song to all the Boov and humanspeople of Chicago this holiday season, while actor-comedian Schwartz (DuckTales, Parks and Recreation) shares his favorite foodstuffs with friends! Check out the festive clips from DreamWorks Animation’s Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh “Home for the Holidays” special (on Netflix now!) and be sure to order the Home for the Holidays soundtrack.

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VIZ Adds Two New Studio Ghibli Picture Books to Catalog

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VIZ Media is adding two animation gems to its publishing catalog just in time for the holidays, with Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke Picture Books bringing the magic of these Studio Ghibli masterpieces to shelve on December 5. The releases coincide with the 30th anniversary of Castle in the Sky — Studio Ghibli’s […]

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Ghibli Films Come Home with New Blu-ray Bonus Features

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Studio Ghibli, GKIDS and home entertainment distributor Shout! Factory have upgraded one of the most coveted animation collections, offering a raft of new Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack and DVD releases of anime classics from the acclaimed Japanese studio.

In the coming months, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, The Secret World of Arrietty and Porco Rosso will return to shelves. All combo pack releases will include booklets featuring stunning art and statements from the filmmakers, as well as enhanced or never-before-seen bonus features.

Here’s the basic breakdown, new and enhanced features in bold:

Spirited Away [Oct. 17] SRP $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, NTV Special (on DVD). Original Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Behind the Microphone, 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

My Neighbor Totoro [Oct. 17]  $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, Original Theatrical Trailers, Behind the Microphone, Textless Opening and End Credits, Creating My Neighbor Totoro, Creating the Characters, The Totoro Experience, The Locations of My Neighbor Totoro, Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli, 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Howl’s Moving Castle [Oct. 17] $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, Original Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Interview with Diana Wynne Jones, Miyazaki’s Visit to Pixar, Explanation of CG, The Birth Story of the Film Soundtrack, Behind the Microphone, 8-page Booklet with Producer’s Statement and more

Ponyo [Oct. 17]  $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, Original Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, The Five Geniuses Who Created Ponyo, Press Conference: Theme Song Announcement, Behind the Microphone, Opening Event at Hibiya Scala-Za Theatre, Interview with Hayao Miyazaki, Interview with Toshio Suzuki, Theme Song Music Video, Hayao Miyazaki Press Conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Creating Ponyo, Ponyo & Fujimoto, The Nursery, Scoring Miyazaki, Producer’s Perspective: Telling the Story, The Locations of Ponyo, 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements and Lyrics

 

Kiki’s Delivery Service [Oct. 17] $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, Original Theatrical Trailers, Ursula’s Painting, Creating Kiki’s Delivery Service, Producer’s Perspective: Collaborating with Miyazaki, Behind the Microphone, The Locations of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Kiki & Jiji, Flying with Kiki & Beyond, 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

 

Princess Mononoke [Oct. 17] $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, Original Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Princess Mononoke in USA, Behind the Microphone 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Castle in the Sky [Oct. 31] $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, Original Theatrical Trailers, Promotional Video, Behind the Microphone, Scoring Miyazaki, Producer’s Perspective: Meeting Miyazaki, Creating Castle in the Sky, Textless Opening and End Credits, Character Sketches, Additional English Mix of the Film, 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind [Oct. 31] $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, Original Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots, Audio Commentary with Hideaki Anno and Kazuyoshi Katayama, Interview with Toshio Suzuki and Hideaki Anno: “Nausicaä and Evangelion! The Whereabouts of the Giant Warrior?”, Behind the Microphone, Creating Nausicaä, 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

The Secret World of Arrietty [Nov. 21] $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, Original Theatrical Trailers, Interview with Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Interview with Hayao Miyazaki, Arrietty’s Song Music Video, 8-Page Booklet with Producer’s Statement

Porco Rosso [Nov. 21] $ 19.96 DVD / $ 29.95 BD

Bonus Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, Original Theatrical Trailers, Interview with Toshio Suzuki, Behind the Microphone, Textless Open and End Credits, 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

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Porco Rosso

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Tix and Series Passes for Studio Ghibli Fest on Sale Now

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We know you’ve been counting down the days ever since GKIDS and Fathom Events announced their Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 theatrical engagement series, which kicks off across the US this June. Tickets are on sale now through FathomEvents.com, gkidstickets.com, and at participating theater box offices – more info here.

In addition to individual showings, select theaters are offering series pass options for true Ghibli fanatics. Cinemark is offering full series passes for $ 60. Plus, for a limited time, Cinemark Connections members can unlock an exclusive poster reward! (https://cinemark.com/Ghibli) Regal Entertainment Group is also offering series passes for $ 60. And the first 5,000 pass purchases will receive an exclusive, mounted decommissioned Spirited Away film cell. (http://www.regmovies.com/Studio-Ghibli-Fest-2017)

Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 runs through November, with six installments. Each screening event features one of the acclaimed Japanese toon house’s feature films from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, as well as the ongoing short animation celebrations of GKIDS Minifest.

Schedule:

My Neighbor Totoro – Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26

Kiki’s Delivery Service – Sunday, July 23 and Monday, July 24

Castle In The Sky – Sunday, August 27 and Monday, August 28

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – Sunday, September 24 and Monday, September 25

Spirited Away – Sunday, October 29 and Monday, October 30

Howl’s Moving Castle – Sunday, November 26 and Monday, November 27

All Sunday presentations will be dubbed and shown at 12:55 p.m. local time; Monday showings will be subtitled and shown at 7 p.m. local time.

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GKIDS, Fathom Partner for Ghibli Fest and ‘Mune’ US Premiere

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Following the success of the cinema events for Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, GKIDS and Fathom Events are teaming up to bring a series of anime classics to US theatergoers throughout 2017 with Studio Ghibli Fest. The six-film monthly series will feature more revered films from Studio Ghibli, as well as a selection of new releases from GKIDS and an ongoing short film mini-festival.

The cartoon celebration kicks off with Miyazaki’s iconic family fantasy My Neighbor Totoro (1988) on Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26. This will be followed from other Miyazaki gems: Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) on July 23 & 24, Castle in the Sky (1986) on August 27 & 28, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) on September 24 & 25, Howl’s Moving Castle on November 26 & 27 (2004), and a special run of Oscar winner Spirited Away (2001) in time for Halloween, on October 29 & 30.

GKIDS and Fathom are also partnering to present the US premiere release of of Mune: Guardian of the Moon — a delightful children’s fantasy flick from the producers of The Little Prince. The award-winning film from directors Alexandre Heboyan and Benoît Philippon centers on a little faun who is given the weighty responsibility of Guardian of the Moon. Two additional new release titles are being planned for the companies’ 2017 collaboration lineup. All GKIDS events will include the ongoing short animation festival, GKIDS MiniFest.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our successful partnership with Fathom to bring Studio Ghibli and other GKIDS films to movie theaters nationwide,” said GKIDS CEO Eric Beckman. “Together we are creating an exciting and unique cinema event experience for Studio Ghibli fans to come celebrate their favorite films, while introducing wide new audiences to some of the most amazing animated films of all time.”

Sign up for exclusive early ticket access through ghiblifest.com — a complete list of theater locations will be available to the general public on April 28. Information on the event series will also be available on fathomevents.com.

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My Neighbor Totoro

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Studio Ghibli Animator Makiko Futaki Dies Age 57

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Makiko Futaki, a long time Japanese feature animator whose most recent work was on Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s When Marnie Was There, died May 13 of an “unspecified illness,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 57 years old.

Futaki had worked at Studio Ghibli for over 30 years, beginning her stint with the legendary animation house in 1981. She worked on every one of director Hayao Miyazaki’s films following Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (for which, according to a Twitter user named Hyun Park, she handled the baby Omu scene).

Futaki was a key animator on Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Her animation career began with the classic Lupin III feature and she also was a key animator on Katsuhiro Otomo’s legendary Akira (1988) and worked on Hiroyuki Yamaga’s Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (1987).

Ben Ettinger’s AniPages blog gives an admiring account of Futaki’s work, saying that she “tends to be given scenes that demand an eye for intricate and delicate motion, and she packs tremendous nuance into her scenes with lush and fluid animation.” The artist’s passing was honored with a private family funeral earlier this month.

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When Marnie Was There

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Toonz Goes Open Source with Ghibli Edition

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Italian indie developer Digital Video and Japanese publisher Dwango have inked an agreement for the latter to acquire Toonz, a digital animation software solution. The deal goes forward under the condition that Dwango will publish and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz, OpenToonz. This will be made available for free download on March 26.

OpenToonz will include features developed by Studio Ghibli (Toonz Ghibli Edition). The acclaimed Japanese animation producer has been long-time user of Toonz software. Dwango will also create a platform aimed at welcoming research labs and the animation industry to actively cooperate with each other.

Digital Video will move into an open source business model, offering commissioning, installation & configuration, training, support and customization services. The developer will also continue to fine-tune and market a Toonz Premium version for companies willing to invest in customization for their projects (toonzpremium.com).

“During the production of Princess Mononoke in 1995, we needed a software enabling us to create a certain section of the animation digitally. We checked for what was available at that time and chose Toonz,” said Studio Ghibli’s executive imaging director Atsushi Okui. “Our requirement was that in order to continue producing theatre-quality animation without additional stress, the software must have the ability to combine the hand-drawn animation with the digitally painted ones seamlessly. From then onwards we continued to use the software while going through major updates to make it easier for us to use. We are happy to hear that this open source version contains the Ghibli Edition. We hope that many people inside and outside of the animation industry will utilize this software for their work. We would like to extend our gratitude to the staff of Digital Video.”

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Princess Mononoke

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Ghibli Retrospective Kicks Off in NYC

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New York’s IFC Center is beginning a 22-film screening series on Friday, December 11 celebrating some of the finest Japanese animated features ever made: the complete longform works of Studio Ghibli.

‘Studio Ghibli: The Complete Retrospective’ culminates on January 1 with the debut of  a new English-language version of studio co-founder Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday (1991), which will be theatrically released in North America for the first time. The English voice cast features Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel and Ashley Eckstein.The new version is produced by Geoffrey Wexler and Studio Ghibli. A wide release is set for February 26.

Synopsis:

t’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. While traveling by train to visit family in the country, memories flood back of her as a schoolgirl in 1966, and she starts to question whether she has been true to herself. Elegantly switching between her adult present and childhood flashbacks, Takahata brilliantly explores the drama, humor and enchantment of everyday life, in a poignant and achingly beautiful masterpiece from one of the world’s most revered animation studios.

Studio Ghibli: The Complete Retrospective will include:

  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • Castle in the Sky (1988)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • Only Yesterday (1991)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • The Ocean Waves (1993)
  • Pom Poko (1994)
  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • The Cat Returns (2002)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Tales from Earthsea (2006)
  • Ponyo (2008)
  • The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
  • From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
  • The Wind Rises (2013)
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
  • When Marnie Was There (2014)
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Studio Ghibli

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Hayao Miyazaki Plans Ghibli Themed Nature Park

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Hayao Miyazaki

The pseudo-retired animation legend Hayao Miyazaki is certainly keeping busy despite stepping away from feature directing duties (so far, at least). The 74-year-old maestro behind Oscar winner Spirited Away and recent historical fantasy The Wind Rises has announced plans to create a forest retreat for children.

Utilizing local industries and exclusively local products, the nature park project will reportedly be inspired by the globally beloved works of Studio Ghibli — the acclaimed production house Miyazaki co-founded with Isao Takahata, Toshio Suzuki and Yasuyoshi Tokuma in 1985.

This surely magical experience is set to open to the public in 2018 and will be located in the midst of virgin forest on Kume Island (Kumejima), about 55 miles from Okinawa, according to Kyodo News. Kids will be bunked in small, two-story structures that can accommodate about 30 people at a time, and will be encouraged to experience “a raw connection with nature.”

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Ghibli Museum

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Ghibli Update: Miyazaki’s Potential New Project

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Though celebrated animation writer, director and manga-ka Hayao Miyazaki announced plans for a really, truly, for real this time retirement back in September, Variety reports that the 73-year-old artist may return to the drawing table for another project at Studio Ghibli. The hint came out of an interview with producer Toshio Suzuki on NHK’s Asa Ichi Thursday morning.

Suzuki stated that the animation legend, whose last film was the globally acclaimed The Wind Rises, has floated the idea of creating something for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo’s Mitaka area, and speculated that if Miyazaki did pursue a new project it would likely be a short-format one.

The producer also clarified his statement from earlier this week about the possibility of Studio Ghibli shutting down for a break, which was initially mistranslated by an English-language fan blog sparking lots of online speculation about a complete shut-down.

“We’re changing the way we make [animation],” Suzuki said. “We wanted to make a dream company. We thought we would make what suited us and not make what didn’t suit us. We were able to realize [that dream] to some extent and we’re very happy about that. But now we’re at a point where we’ve got to think about what we’ll do next.”

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Hayao Miyazaki

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12 Studio Ghibli soundtracks in one lovely boxset

It doesn’t matter if you watch Miyazaki’s animated films subbed or dubbed (although let’s be honest, subtitled is the way to go), Joe Hisaishi’s whimsical musical score can be appreciated all on its own. Princess Mononoke and Ponyo just wouldn’t be the same without that heart-stirring orchestral accompaniment. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in Japan where you can actually enjoy his music live, the rest of us are going to have to settle for this happy little box. It comes with a bonus CD and a catalog book, along with some of my favorites like Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and well, all of them. It’s going to cost you a pretty penny, but it’s also available from cdJapan if you can bribe someone to get it while they’re there and bring it back! 

If you’re not familiar with Joe Hisaishi’s work, he recently worked on the excellent JRPG Ni no Kuni with developer Level 5, which you should also check out.

“ponyo ponyo ponyo saka na no ko!” – Ponyo song

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Goro Miyazaki to Direct Studio Ghibli TV Series

Goro Miyazaki

Goro Miyazaki

Studio Ghibli and Japan’s Polygon Pictures are joining forces to produce an animated TV series called Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter, based on the novel by Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren.

Goro Miyazaki, whose credits include the anime features Tales from Earthsea and From Up on Poppy Hill, will direct the series, his first TV venture. Polygon will handle animation production.

Here’s how they describe the new series:

“In Medieval Europe, Ronia is born as the only child of Matt, the chief of a clan of robbers in a large, ancient castle in grand woodlands. Under the loving care of her father, her mother and the clan of robbers, she grows to be a strong and active girl. One day, when Ronia is finally allowed to go into the woodlands for the first time, she discovers with much fascination the many mysterious creatures who live there. She learns how to live in the wildness with the help of her parents. Then she has a fateful encounter with a boy named Birk. … This tale of the growth of the young girl Ronia and her family will bring to children a new story of the joy of growing and of longing for the unknown, the love and hopes of parents for the growth of their child, and of the conflicts and reconciliations of parents and children.”

The series is scheduled for broadcast in autumn 2014 on NHK BS Premium.

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Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter

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