Studio Ghibli anniversaries don't seem to command a ton of notice. While Japanese social media will set new records when one of its movies is broadcast on TV, it hardly acknowledged that Studio Topcraft went bankrupt and dissolved in June 15, 1985, allowing Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata to buy the studio and change its name to Studio Ghibli. Mark the occasion of Ghibli's 30th anniversary after the jump.
Cinefix's 8 Bit Cinema, which transforms popular movies into retro video game style art, has created a version of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away that clocks in at less than 5 minutes. Hit the jump to check it out.
A preview for the upcoming animated film The Red Turtle, a French-Japanese co-production directed by Michael Dudok de Wit and co-produced by Studio Ghibli, will be shown at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Hit the jump to learn more about this unique film.
With the second half of the live-action theatrical adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte hitting Japanese theaters on April 25th, Studio Ghibli's Toshio Suzuki has recorded a talk with Parasyte producer Genki Kawamura. During the TokyoFM podcast, Suzuki spoke about the admiration that he and Hayao Miyazaki had for the material, adding that, prior to the recent Madhouse anime and the the live-action movies, Studio Ghibli had considered their own adaptation.
GKIDS is getting ready to bring Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There to New York and Los Angeles. The film opens there on May 22, with an expansion to all major markets to follow in the weeks after, and now we have a new English-dubbed trailer after the jump.
In 2010, Studio Ghibli helped food and manufacturing conglomerate Nisshin Seifun celebrate their 110's anniversary with a sumi-e calligraphy style animated cat ad. The latest in the series debuted this weekend with Ponyo animation director Katsuya Kondo returning to helm the short with co-founder and former president Toshio Suzuki serving as producer. Get a look after the jump.
Netflix has begun streaming The Kingdom of Dreams and Madnes, a documentary that focuses on the acclaimed anime production company Studio Ghibli, and its directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata with the producer Toshio Suzuki. It was filmed during the time of the production of Miyazaki's The Wind Rises and Takahata's Princess Kaguya. More after the jump.
Cafe de Donguri, the official Studio Ghibli character goods store, is preparing to celebrate Japan's Mother's Day holiday with a line of adorable flower pots and planters. Hit the jump to learn more.