Totoro and Princess Mononoke director Hayao Miyazaki is now looking to help children experience nature with their own five senses with work on behalf of a facility in the virgins forests on a small island in Okinawa Prefecture. Construction will start next April with an aim to complete the work to replace existing playground equipment with a reinforced concrete two-story building to accommodate about 30 people on Kumejima Island, about 90 km west of Okinawa Island.
Cinefix has published a short work of pixel-art animation on Youtube that re-imagines Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke as a 16-bit side-scrolling platformer retro video game. Hit the jump to check it out.
Disney is planning a deluxe, Amazon-exclusive Bluray set of the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Hit the jump to learn more.
A 3 minute fan video from Vimeo user dono pays tribute to the work of Hayao Miyazaki by blending animation from Miyazaki and music from Joe Hisaishi with original 3DCG environments. Hit the jump to check it out.
Hayao Miyazaki, the animated film director and co-representative of the Henoko Fund to block a new U.S. military base in Okinawa gave a rare talk hosted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. At the press conference, in which Miyazaki took questions rather than offering a speech, he criticized Prime Minister Abe's support of US military expansion and Japan's own shifting military footing. More after the jump.
Studio Ghibli co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki has spoken about 74-year-old director Hayao Miyazaki's plans to work with CG for the first time on new short "Kemushi no Boro" (”Boro the Caterpillar”). More after the jump.