Art and business have rarely been entirely divorced at Studio Ghibli. Maybe contrary to the perceived spirit of the production house, they have not been too shy about selling merchandise. Years before they stopped producing their own movies, they were already talking about downsizing to a core of staff needed to manage rights. Now, the business side of Ghibli has come up again in relation to one of their art exhibits.
Tokuma Shoten has published a 64 page, color children's picture book entitled Studio Ghibli no Norimono ga Ippai ("Studio Ghibli Has So Many Vehicles"), the 1st in a series of children's books that will introduce young Japanese readers to the fantastical worlds of the films of Studio Ghibli. Hit the jump to learn more.
Following a published online interview with The Guardian newspaper two weeks ago with When Marnie Was There director Hiromasa Yonebashi of Studio Ghibli, former Ghibli producer Hiroyuki Nishimura has officially apologized for comments made regarding the possibility of women as animation directors in a Studio Ghibli production. Hit the jump for the summary.
After 2013's release of the final movies by Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Ghibli presented their final planned film, When Marnie Was There in 2014. Based on Joan G. Robinson's English novel, with the events moved to Sapporo, the story is heading home this month. And, in anticipation of its June 10th UK release, The Guardian interviewed director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. More after the jump.
The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan is currently closed for extensive renovations, but will re-open in July of 2016 with a new exhibition planned and supervised by acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. Hit the jump to learn more.
Disney's John Ramirez previously shared a concept for a ride based on Hayao Miyazaki's anime film classic My Neighbor Totoro, and he's since returned to Ghibli and Miyazaki to take a crack at a Castle in the Sky / Laputa ride. Imagine how it would all go down with the image after the jump.
Kugimiya Yoichiro's (production affairs coordinator on Studio Ghibli movies including The Wind Rises and Princess Kaguya) Trash Studio has announced the the passing of Makiko Futaki on May 13th at age 58. A veteran animator, Futaki worked on key animation for all of Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli movies and most of Isao Takahata's, as well as classic anime features Akira and Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise.
A new trailer for La Tortue rogue ("The Red Turtle"), a French / Japanese animated film directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit and co-produced by Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch, is now available online. Hit the jump to check it out.