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.
Happy 75th birthday to Hayao Miyazaki! As anime's most internationally revered director celebrates his diamond jubilee on January 5th, social media was a bit subdued, maybe gearing up for what's to come a week from Friday. On January 15th, Nippon Television Network will be marking the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli's first movie with a broadcast of the movie Castle in the Sky (August 2, 1986).
Studio Ghibli and the Ghibli Museum have continued their tradition of sharing their New Year's greeting art, this year celebrating The Year of the Monkey. Along with the former was a message saying that 2016 will see the release of the foreign animated film that Studio Ghibli contributed to, The Red Turtle. More after the jump.
Animated and youth-aimed cinema distributor Gkids will be bringing Studio Ghibli's Only Yesterday to New York's IFC Center, with a new English dub featuring Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Taeko Okajima, Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), as Toshio, Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars Rebels) as Yaeko and Alison Fernandez (Orange Is the New Black) as Young Taeko. Ridley sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the under-seen, 25 year-old classic anime movie.