Originally intended to open on July 20th to coincide with Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising), Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's first movie in 14 years, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari, was delayed to the fall. A new sneak peek at his adaptation of the influential legend has aired.
As far back as 2009, the talk was that Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's first movie since his 1999 water color style adaptation of family comic strip My Neighbors the Yamadas would be a retelling of 10th century Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) - the story of moon princess Kaguya-hime, discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The story figured into many other anime, from Oh! Edo Rocket to to Leiji Matsumoto's Queen Millennia to Sailor Moon.
Speaking of Takahata, his tanuki ecological epic Pom Poko has just been scheduled for a November 7th Japanese Blu-ray release. The package will feature both English dub and subtitles.