POPRAGEOUS!, a Los Angeles-based apparel brand that specializes in fashion inspired by art and pop culture, has released a one-piece swimsuit for women based on the likeness of a certain cuddly forest spirit from a famous 1988 animated film by Studio Ghibli. Hit the jump to learn more.
From July 7-September 11, Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View Observation Deck Sky Gallery is presenting a Studio Ghibli 30 year retrospective from pre-foundation Topcraft production Nausicaa to their contribution to this year's French-Japanese-Belgian animated The Red Turtle. Check out a view of it after the jump.
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.