The Red Turtle, a theatrical animated film directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit and co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, took home the award for "Best Animated Feature-Independent" at the 44th annual Annie Awards ceremony, which was hosted on February 04, 2017, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Ghibli Museum, located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka-city, Tokyo, confirmed that it had attracted 10 million visitors in 15 years since its launch in October 2001, and held a ceremony to commemorate the record today on January 14, with Keiko Kiyohara, the Mayor of Mitaka-city as the guest. Hit the jump for more details.
NHK made waves back in November of 2016 with a TV special focusing on Studio Ghibli co-founder / anime director Hayao Miyazaki coming out of retirement to work on his first 3DCG film, Boro the Caterpillar. Now a special, extended version of the TV special will be broadcast on NHK in January. Hit the jump to learn more.
Back in December GKIDS announced plans to screen Princess Mononoke in North American theaters, lined up nicely for its 20th anniversary. The time for the English-subtitled screenings arrived on Thursday, with dubbed showings to follow on Monday, January 9. Hayao Miyazaki's feature is accompanied by his never-before-seen music video On Your Mark!, and you can see a sample in the clip after the jump.
Just in time for the holidays, Victor Entertainment is helping Studio Ghibli fans get their groove on with an album that remixes 10 classic Ghibli pieces as electronic dance music. Hit the jump to learn more.
GKIDS is on a roll with the Studio Ghibli theatrical screenings, and they have something special coming in between Spirited Away and January's run of Princess Mononoke. Tomomi Mochizuki's previously unreleased Ocean Waves will play at the IFC Center in New York starting December 28, and a one-night-only screening is scheduled for the same night at LA's Egyptian Theater. Read on for more.
Movie Natalie has reported that Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said at the talk event with Tomohiko Ishii (The Sky Crawlers) yesterday that Hayao Miyazaki's new short film Kemushi no Boro/Boro the Caterpillar will be completed by Spring 2017 and is scheduled to be screened at the Ghibli Museum in June or July of the year. Hit the jump for more details.
If you like cute food, you'll love what Tastemade Japan did to these Oreos! But if you don't like seeing Oreo filling wasted, you might want to avert your eyes. Hit the jump for cuteness if you can!
Nekoya Cafe in Tokyo dresses its fluffy employees up in cute cosplay for Halloween -- and, well, all year 'round. They've been on a bit of a Ghibli kick this year, and the photos they're sharing on their Twitter show it. Hit the jump to see Nekoya's cats showing off their Totoro and Spirited Away cosplay!
Film director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata will be providing a free lecture about the influence of classical Japanese painting in manga and anime at Hijiyama University in Higashi Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, on December 11, 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
Believe it or not, Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away is 15 years old. The feature originally debuted in 2001, and GKIDS is teaming up with Fathom Events and Hot Topic to present its limited return to U.S. theaters, with screenings planned at select cinemas nationwide. Read on for more.