Japan's Mainichi has reported on the death of long time color designer and the chief of the ink and paint division of Studio Ghibli Michiyo Yasuda, who passed away of an undisclosed illness on October 5 at the age of 77. Yasuda started working at Toei Dogo before she was 20 and joined Studio Ghibli co-founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki on the 1968 anime feature Horus, Prince of the Sun.
Retirement hasn't really slowed influential animator / director Hayao Miyazaki down, or at least that seems to be the thesis for an upcoming TV special that will air on NHK in November. Hit the jump to learn more.
To meet Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's qualifications for an Oscar award, Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit's The Red Turtle is set to screen in New York and Los Angeles beginning November 18, followed by a national rollout in January 2017. Production of the anime feature was tracked by anime fans as it saw Studio Ghibli working on their first foreign co-production. More after the jump.
You may have seen the Studio Ghibli-inspired The Legend of Zelda posters that Matt Vince made last year, imagining Nintendo's adventure series as a film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. That artist is back with a more elaborate take on the concept, this time in the form of a trailer that sets the right tone for a dream Ghibli x Zelda collaboration.
To celebrate the release of The Red Turtle, the latest film co-produced by Studio Ghibli, Toho Cinemas is sponsoring a "Studio Ghibli General Election" that allows fans to vote for their favorite among a list of 21 films, and the top 5 films will receive limited theatrical screenings in Japan in September of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
An art exhibit entitled the "Studio Ghibli Layout Exhibition" is coming soon to the Shizuoka City Museum of Art in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
A clever engineer has reproduced the look of Nausicaä's glider with a functional aircraft that completed its first test-flight on July 31, 2016, at the Takikawa Sky Park in Nakajimacho, Takikawa City, Hokkaido, Japan. Hit the jump to soar the friendly skies.
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.