Studio Ghibli co-founder, former president, and producer Toshio Suzuki is often the one who offers the narrative of what happens at the revered anime production house. According to him, the conversation went something like this... Toshio Suzuki: "How about some LINE stamps?" Hayao Miyazaki: "stamps? like postage?" TS: "not quite... Miya-san, do you want to draw them?" HM: "not a chance!"
The international films and arts community today got their look at the line-up of France's high profile 2016 Cannes Film Festival. This 69th festival's Un Certain Regard (a grouping of 20 films from different cultures and film making approaches) selections include The Red Turtle, the first foreign animated film that Studio Ghibli contributed to. More after the jump.
Hankyu Umeda Gallery, which is located on the ninth floor of the Hankyu Umeda Department Store in Osaka, will hold an art exhibition dedicated to the works of the late animator/director Yoshifumi Kondo, who passed away in January 1998 at age of 47 and is known as the director of the Studio Ghibli's 1995 film Whisper of the Heart. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese developer and media company Dwango announced the acquisition of animation production software Toonz from Italian developer Digital Video. An open-source version will offer the same feature sets as the Toonz Ghibli Edition developed by longtime Toonz user Studio Ghibli, including the ink and paint, color design and digital composition process for most of their titles since 2010's The Secret World of Arrietty. More after the jump.
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli's first anime movie, Castle in the Sky. Nippon Television Network got the year started with a Friday Roadshow broadcast of the Hayao Miyazaki feature, along with the associated Balse Festival, then followed it this week with 1989's Kiki's Delivery Service. Fans enthusiastically responded on social media with trivia, tribute art and even cooking!
Beginning at 7:45 PM JST on April 08, 2016, Ronia, The Robber's Daughter will be re-broadcast for the first time on terrestrial Japanese television on the NHK E TV channel. Hit the jump to learn more.
On January 5th, Japanese social media was pretty quiet about Hayao Miyazaki's 75th birthay. It seemed like folks were keeping their powder dry for what was coming on. On January 15th, Nippon Television Network marked 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli's first movie with a broadcast of the movie Castle in the Sky (August 2, 1986). This meant it was time for another Balse festival.