On April 16, 1988, Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata introduced their classics My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies to Japanese audiences in a double bill theatrical run. Now UK movie-goers will the opportunity to view the two together thanks to Studio Canal. And, so American fans don't feel left out on the good news, Amazon is running a big discount on the Ghibli library. More after the jump.
Sankei Sports has revealed the first casting for Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Is Rising) with the surprising news that Evangelion's Hideaki Anno will be voicing the anime's subject, Zero fighter designer Jirō Horikoshi. More after the jump.
Tomorrow, Studio Ghibli plans to announce the cast for Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising). Today, their production blog has listed the animation staff for studio co-founder Isao Takahata's Kaguya-hime no Monogatari. The two films were to be released simultaneously this summer, but Takahata's long gestating project got pushed back to fall. See samples of the animators' work after the jump.
I'm all for entomology. I'm not one to run away at the sight of bee or spider. Still, I have to says "yikes!" does the poster for the Ghibli Museum's new "The Lens at Work in The Ghibli Forest" exhibit ever put the "creepy" in "creepy crawly." I'm not sure that the makers of Totoro are really going to be encouraging families to go out into the forest with this one. Get a look after the jump.
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising), the first anime movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki since 2008's Ponyo, opens in Japanese theaters on July 20th, and the promotional push is just starting to pick up. Four posters will be displayed in theaters starting in May. Meanwhile, a few shots of the movie have premiere on Japanese morning TV. Get a look after the jump.
Studio Ghibli has teamed up with Bungeishunju to launch a new Bunshun Ghibli Bunko imprint, dedicated to publishing books related to the work of the revered anime studio. The first three, released this month, include Ghibli's Textbook 1: Nausicaa, Cinema Comic 1: Nausicaa and the newly revised edition of "Sakuga Asemamire" (Sweat-soaked animation drawings), a memoir written by Hayao Miyazaki mentor Yasuo Otsuka. More after the jump.
UK based Whole Hog Theatre's stage production of Princess Mononoke is playing at AiiA Theater Tokyo, from April 29 to May 6, 2013. Studio Ghibli has embraced the production, with a go-ahead from the anime movie's director Hayao Miyazaki and an adapted version of Joe Hisaishi's score. Former Ghibli president and producer Toshio Suzuki recently explained how Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park facilitated the connection. More after the jump.
At this point, is there any beloved children's story that doesn't have an associated urban legend about the subjects being dead, dying or brain damaged? In Japan, there are persistent rumors that Doraemon is the product of Nobita's damaged mind. In the case of Totoro, Satsuki and Mei are supposedly dead. Five years ago, for Totoro's 20th anniversary, otaku idol Shoko "Shokotan" Nakagawa and Toshio "Otaking" Okada discussed the possibility. Get a look after the jump.
El director Goro Miyazaki de Studio Ghibli ha revelado en un evento en el Ghibli Museum de Tokio este lunes que está trabajando en el desarrollo de un nuevo proyecto. Miyazaki añadía que está trabajando a diario en el proyecto, pero que por ahora no puede decir nada al respecto.
25 years ago today, Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata released a pair of anime's most beloved and powerful movies with a double bill of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies. So, let's all wish the Ghibli classics a happy anniversary after the jump.
Hayao Miyazaki creció en una antigua casa de Utsunomiya, en la prefectura de Tochigi. La casa de madera tiene ya más de 80 años, y lleva desocupada la última década. Ahora ha sido alquilada por Asuko Thomas, de 35 años, que ha convertido la casa en su hogar y en una galería de arte.
Echos of renowned director Hayao Miyazaki's childhood home in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture can be seen in his classic My Neighbor Totoro. Even the more fantastic Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away drew from memories of the house. After being unoccupied for several years, the 80-year-old, two-story wooden structure has been rented by 35-year-old Asuko Thomas and opened as Hanna art gallery. More after the jump.
Studio Ghibli's From Up on Poppy Hill opens in New York this weekend and LA next week, but you don't have to be on a coast to catch the nostalgic shoujo manga adaptation, directed by Goro Miyazaki and co-written by his father Hayao. Distributor GKids has posted an updated theater listing with plenty more spots to catch the anime feature. Check out the list after the jump.
Good news for anime fans who enjoy picking up their merch at the local comic shop: Diamond Distributors now has rights for distribution of Studio Ghibli merchandise. Check out more after the jump.