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Read More: Hayao Miyazaki Returning from Retirement for Computer-Animated ShortStudio Ghibli fans, rejoice! Nerdist has just announced that you can soon be the proud owner of all 11 of Miyazaki's beloved feature films, as well as bonus items like "Yuki's Sun," a 1972 television pilot animated by Miyaaki, storyboards of anime series "Little Samurai," an uncut version of Miyazaki's retirement press conference and the book "The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki" that explores the themes of Miyazaki's work, as well as the creative proposals for each of his films. The collection will include: "Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro," "Nausicaa of the Valley on the Wind," "Castle in the Sky," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Kiki's Delivery Service," "Porco Rosso," "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo" »
- Sarah Choi
Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki may be retired (though he is working on a short film to be shown at his Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo), but the influence of his magical films still remains. French animator Dono has created a heartfelt tribute to Miyazaki's films, from the pre-Ghibli Castle Of Cagliostro to his swansong, The Wind Rises.
Blending original 2D elements from Miyazaki's films with his own Ghibli-inspired 3D environments, it's a celebration of the characters and landscapes the Japanese master created. What's particularly noteworthy is just how well all these disparate characters and worlds - the light fable Spirited Away, the harder-edged fantasy of Princess Mononoke - all blend together into one coherent sequence.
Topped off with Joe Hisaishi's music, it's a beguiling celebration of one of Japan's greatest storytellers. »
Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement following his film, The Wind Rises, and it is tough to see a master like that go, but it seems like his fans are staying together to tribute the Japanese animator.
Vimeo user dono created a tribute to Miyazaki, which combines all of his films in a insanely cool 3D world that makes you feel like you’re flying between them. Set to the score by Joe Hisaishi for Spirited Away, the video takes a look at Miyazaki’s films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, and Castle in the Sky.
As a giant fan of Miyazaki’s work, it was almost emotional seeing this tribute that seemed to re-imagine the characters in a connected world and allowed you to be reminded of all the great work that he did (plus how amazing Hisaishi’s score is).
Miyazaki recentlty announced »
- Zach Dennis
Chris Marker was born on this day, July 29, in 1921 and died on this day in 2012. We'll point you to a tribute by Daniel L. Potter. Also in today's roundup: Glenn Kenny's carefully considered takedown of James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour, John Ashbery's prose poem on the movies, David Bordwell on German silent cinema and Conrad Veidt as well as pieces on Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be, Jesús Franco's The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein, Mark Cousins, Mani Ratnam, Roger Corman and more. Today's videos: Thomas Elsaesser on Ingmar Bergman and a tribute to Hayao Miyazaki. » - David Hudson »
Read More: Hayao Miyazaki Returning from Retirement for Computer-Animated Short Beloved animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away") saddened many fans worldwide when he announced his retirement in 2013. Although he is currently working on an animated short, fans still have heavy hearts about his decision to walk away from making feature-length films. To honor the very long, successful career of Miyazaki, one savvy Vimeo user has created a tribute including characters from his acclaimed films. Using 3D settings, the tribute includes the 2D characters from films like "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "My Neighbor Tortoro." Some of Miyazaki's characters from his shorts and TV series are also featured alongside his more well-known characters. Take a ride through Miyazaki's world, courtesy of Vimeo user dono, in the tribute below. Read More: From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki »
- Kaeli Van Cott
We may have entered the period where we can expect no new features from director Hayao Miyazaki, and much less work overall from Studio Ghibli, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing left to discover from those animators. It’s well-established that major filmmakers make commercials in between big projects in order to make money and […]
- Russ Fischer
Stories of Studio Ghibli’s demise were greatly exaggerated. When studio-head Hayao Miyazaki said last year that he was stepping down from making films, it led to fears that Ghibli was shutting down. Fortunately it turns out that the studio will remain open, with just Miyazaki taking a back seat. This is great news, as Ghibli have given the world some of the most inventive and beautiful animated films ever created – and hopefully will continue to do so!
What sets Ghibli’s work apart, its gorgeous simplicity aside, is its incredible array of characters. Some are fantastical beings that have the ability to make you feel like you’re being transported to far away worlds. Others are inspiring people fighting against difficult situations. A few are truly terrifying. And some are just plain cute. All have been brought to life by the stunning animation skills of Ghibli’s finest creators. »
- Michael Waugh
It seems like every movie franchise is expanding with sequels, prequels, and anthology films. Every character must be explained and every moment must be felt for us to truly know it happened. We take a look at some of the upcoming prequels, such as the Han Solo solo film that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing, and why it may not be entirely necessary to have these films that focus on the details of characters that we learned to love without much explanation.
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Hayao Miyazaki creates an animated short after retiring from »
- Zach Dennis
It’s not often you sit in a darkened cinema and stare in genuine awe at the artistic beauty of what’s been rendered for your entertainment. What’s rare is precious and Song of the Sea is like a rare ocean pearl, its swirling beauty drawing you in and enveloping you in its whimsical magic. Its Oscar nomination in February for Best Animated Feature was truly deserved and once again put the work of director Tomm Moore and the team at Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon onto the world stage (they were also nominated in 2009 for The Secret of Kells). The film’s visual style may take a bow to Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki but the seeds of it are cultivated by the lyrical beauty of our fair Isle, it’s Celtic artistry and folklore turning it into something truly standalone and seldom seen. Moore’s vision is breath-taking »
- email@example.com (Clare Daly)
After retiring from feature-length films and closing Studio Ghibli this past November, Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki is making a CG animated short film for the Ghibli Museum in Japan. According to the Anime News Network, his son, Goro Miyazaki, made the announcement at a talk show event in June. This will be the first time that Miyazaki will be venturing into CG animation after hand drawing all of his films. The story for the short film has yet to be revealed and while being 10 minutes long, the film has taken three years to make.
Most Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki fans are probably still upset that there are no more films coming from them, especially since they both created many masterpieces together such as Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, just to name a few. But this news just shows that there is still great work to come from Miyazaki. »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
We have good and bad news not he Studio Ghibli front. The good news is that “retired” animation master Hayao Miyazaki is making a new short film, with the primary character being a caterpillar. And, surprisingly, it seems that the short could be the animator’s first all-cg work. There are two bits of bad news, however. One […]
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- Russ Fischer
Less than two years after Miyazaki Hayao's second (third?) retirement, and we are not entirely surprised that the 74-year-old co-founder of Studio Ghibli could not resist making new things. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miyazaki announced at a press conference on the grounds of his studio, that he would be making a 10 minute animated short, specifically for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.The bulk of the hour-long open Q&A session involved the current state of Japanese politics on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two -- and by Miyazaki-san's filmography, it is no surprise that he has many opinions on the subject. He did, however mention that he is taking three years (hopefully less) to tell the story of...
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- Christopher Campbell
Read More: From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki In a move that would make Steven Soderbergh proud, Japanese animator and Studio Ghibli co-foudner Hayao Miyazaki is bouncing back from hit "alleged" retirement to direct his first-ever computer-animated short film. According to Anime News Network, the filmmaker has spent the last three years on the 10-minute short and has plans to screen it at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. While famous for his hand-drawn animation style, the short film will mark Miyazaki's first foray into computer-animated filmmaking. The director may have announced his retirement from directing last year, but the announcement of the new short fits in line with what the director shared with reporters while discussing his honorary Oscar. "I intend to work until the day I die. I retired from feature-length films but not from animation," he said. "Pencil drawings don't have to go away, »
- Zack Sharf
Hayao Miyazaki is directing his first computer animated film, reports Cartoon Brew. More projects in the works: Takeshi Kitano is starring in Wayne Wang’s While the Women Are Sleeping. Taylor Hackford will direct Robert De Niro in The Comedian. J.K. Simmons joins Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Damien Chazelle's La La Land. Ennio Morricone will score Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie) are working on a Hans Solo project, yet another Star Wars spinoff. Jennifer Lawrence has signed up for The Rosie Project. Ellen Page is attached to star in Lioness. Gerard Depardieu will take the lead in Marseille. And Geneviève Dulude-Decelles will direct a movie based on Stacey May Fowles’s novel Infidelity. » - David Hudson »
Tokyo — Animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki confirmed that he is directing an animated short for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. This will be his first animation since completing “The Wind Rises,” a 2013 hit which he said would be his last feature.
The new ten-minute film, starring a hairy caterpillar, will be made in the 3D CG format, a first for the director, and take an estimated three years to complete. Miyazaki did not say whether the film will be shown outside the museum.
Miyazaki spoke to reporters at his studio Higashi Koganei, Tokyo. He dedicated most of his remarks to criticism of the Japanese government under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
- Mark Schilling
Studio Ghibili’s legendary Hayao Miyazaki, who announced his retirement last year, will be making the transition to computer animation, according to a report posted on Anime News Network: "Studio Ghibli's Goro Miyazaki … revealed at a talk show event on June 16 that his father, Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, is making a CG-animated short for the Ghibli Museum."Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki said the short will be ten minutes long. It apparently took three years to complete, which, if true, is really impressive — Miyazaki managed to work on a film for three years in complete secrecy. Discussing his honorary Oscar last year, the famed Japanese filmmaker said: “I think talent decides everything. More than the method, what's important is the talent using it. There's nothing inherently wrong or right about a method, whether it be pencil drawings or 3-D CG. Pencil drawings don't have to go away, but »
- Greg Cwik
There’s something special about the pure feeling that animated films give their viewers. There’s a certain depth of emotion that comes from these moments, and it’s the kind of depth that translates well to both critics and general audiences. Just look at the opening of Up, where we meet Carl as a young man, and watch him grow old with his wife Ellie. This sequence alone induces universal tears, and does something remarkable in making its viewers care about these characters after only the briefest of introduction.
Up is the kind of film that is ridiculous, but only when you attempt to describe it to someone. This is true almost across the board in animation. Films like, Finding Nemo, Princess Mononoke, and The Lego Movie all sound both insane and remarkably dumb when described out loud. In practice though, animated films are often exceptional movie going experiences. »
- Joseph Allen
"This year's most controversial video has arrived!" We've seen "The Simpsons" redo the opening sequence inspired by everyone from Hayao Miyazaki to Guillermo del Toro, but how about a semi-official mash-up of "The Simpsons" and a seminal anime? We present: Bartkira, a mash-up of "The Simpsons" and Akira, made back in the "early 90s" but only found recently. Thanks to a tip from The Verge, we took a look at this, our jaw dropped to the floor and we had to go tell everyone about it. The trailer is perfectly animated like the original Akira trailer (which we've also embedded below), but with all The Simpsons characters and it's amazing. "It is in no way officially associated with Fox Animation, Toho, or any other legal properties that own the rights to The Simpsons and Akira. We are a bunch of fans who did this for free and are profiting in »
- Alex Billington
Walking along Ventry beach in south west island, it's easy to see how a filmmaker might be inspired by the spectacular landscape: the rolling hills and craggy rocks, the overwhelming air of tranquillity. But the inspiration for animator Tomm Moore's new film, the Oscar-nominated Song Of The Sea, was inspired by a less than tranquil experience.
About a decade ago, Moore was staying on holiday in the nearby town of Dingle, and visited Ventry beach with his 10-year-old son. To their horror, they found the beach littered with the bodies of dead grey seals. Reports at the time suggested that local fishermen, who blamed the seals for dwindling fish stocks, were responsible for the cull.
"I was talking to a local lady, and we were disturbed by »
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