Art and business have rarely been entirely divorced at Studio Ghibli. Maybe contrary to the perceived spirit of the production house, they have not been too shy about selling merchandise. Years before they stopped producing their own movies, they were already talking about downsizing to a core of staff needed to manage rights. Now, the business side of Ghibli has come up again in relation to one of their art exhibits.
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 official website for the Japanese-dub edition of internationally acclaimed anime director Mamoru Oshii's first English-language live-action film Garm Wars: The Last Druid, which is simply titled as Garm Wars in Japan, has opened, announcing its theatrical release date on May 20 and three main Japanese voice cast. Hit the jump for more.
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.