This weekend, Japan's NTV Friday Road Show celebrated Hayao Miyazaki's honorary Oscar with a presentation of his Oscar award winning Spirited Away. These broadcasts have a history of prompting social media responses, famously including breaking a Twitter record with Castle in the Sky's "Balse" spell. Plenty of fans chimed in to the latest, including notables like shoujo manga artist Arina Tanemura.
North American distributor GKids has posted their trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a documentary looking inside Studio Ghibli receiving critical praise for its multi-dimensional portrayal of Hayao Miyazaki. After a New York theatrical premiere on November 29th, it will be available digitally December 9th, then DVD and video on demand January 27th. Get a look after the jump.
Last weekend, revered anime director Hayao Miyazaki joined actress Maureen O’Hara, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Harry Belafonte in a private Governors Awards ceremony to receive his honorary Oscar. Though this was not televised, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has posted the video of Miyazaki receiving his award along with Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter introducing him.
How many times have you seen characters dining on delicious meals in a Studio Ghibli film? A middle school in Mishima, Japan decided to begin serving special school lunches inspired by classic films such as Porco Rosso, My Neighbor Totoro, and more. Hit the jump to make your mouth water!
A site, complete with English language page, has launched for the Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition, presented by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and Studio Khara with a logo drawn by Hayao Miyazaki and colored by Toshio Suzuki. Get a look after the jump.
While the Tokyo International Film Festival is presenting “The World of Hideaki Anno," Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki has explained that the work of Hayao Miyazaki would have been featured if he hadn't retired. So, it's appropriate that when invited to discuss "Cool Japan," the Japanese government's slogan for promoting the nation's culture industries, chief creative officer at Pixar John Lasseter spoke about Miyazaki's work and influence.