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‘The Red Turtle’ Director Michaël Dudok de Wit’s 10 Favorite Films

16 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If one is looking to experience a dose of astonishing beauty, now in theaters in the Oscar-nominated animation The Red Turtle. A co-production with Studio Ghibli, Michaël Dudok de Wit’s first feature-length film is a humble, patient drama with an emotionally rich finale. To celebrate its theatrical release here in the U.S., we’re highlighting the director’s all-time favorite films, which he submitted to BFI‘s latest Sight & Sound poll. Featuring classics from Kubrick, Cimino, Kurosawa, and more, on the animation side, he makes sure to recognize a Miyazaki masterwork, along with a seminal Disney film.

“Just before the team arrived, Studio Ghibli called me and said, ‘We’ve been thinking about the list of words that are supposed to be spoken in the film and we think you should drop the dialogue entirely,'” the director told us, speaking about the production process of his film. »

- Jordan Raup

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Pokemon: how the Us version changed the first film's meaning

6 February 2017 8:26 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 8, 2017

Released in 1999, Pokemon: The First Movie was a global hit, but its meaning changed radically on its journey from Japan to the Us...

What's the all-time highest-grossing anime movie at the American box-office? Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed Spirited Away? Nope. Unsettling cyberpunk masterpiece Ghost In The Shell? Not even close. Katsuhiro Otomo's seminal Akira? It didn't even crack the top 20.

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As you've probably gathered from the headline above, Japan's most financially successful animated export was Pokemon: The First Movie, released in 1999 to a huge opening weekend. Yet unlike Spirited Away, Ghost In The Shell, Akira or most of the other cross-over anime success stories from the far east, the Pokemon movie was hardly met with critical acclaim; most writers dismissed »

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Watch First Four Minutes of the First Episode of MacHinima’S Greater Creators Featuring Jack Kirby

2 February 2017 1:15 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Machinima has launched a great new series that looks into some of the most creative minds in our pop culture world.

Machinima’s Greater Creators will be an in-depth look into the creative icons who pushed the boundaries of art and influences into our culture. Some of the creators will feature Alan Moore, Gene Roddenberry, Frank Herbert, Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. In addition, there will be in-depth looks into cult favorites like anime auteur Hayao Miyazaki, comic book artist Frank Frazetta, and even stop motion animator Ray Harryhausen.

The 14 episodes of the season will launch this year with the first episode already available featuring the King of Comics, Jack Kirby.

New episodes will be launched weekly on Tuesdays and available for free on go90.

The show is hosted by YouTuber Comic Book Girl 19, who features extensive commentaries on comics, films, books and television shows.

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- Gig Patta

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Why the future’s bright for anime

2 February 2017 9:09 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 6, 2017

Beyond Studio Ghibli, a wave of directors and artists ensure that the future’s bright for animation in Japan, Ryan writes...

At its best, anime is diverse, vibrant, unfettered and unpredictable. Look through the history of Japanese animation, and you’ll find stories about baseball, cooking, friendly ghosts, ancient myths, dog detectives and robot cats from the future. You’ll find sci-fi and horror, fantasy and comedy, erotica and historical drama. Just about every country on the planet produces animation of some kind; few broach subjects as varied as the Japanese. 

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In recent years, however, anime has faced threats from multiple angles. First, there’s the threat that will catch up with all of us eventually: time itself. In 2010, Japan lost one of its great storytellers, Satoshi Kon, who made such stunning animated movies as Perfect Blue (one of »

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Studio Ghibli’s Miyakazi — No, the Other One — On Inheriting His Father’s Legacy with ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’

2 February 2017 8:36 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In Amazon’s animated family series “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter,” young Ronja grows up to question whether or not she wants to go into her father’s line of work. It’s a feeling that hits close to home for the series’ director Goro Miyazaki, son of animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.

“I’ve felt remorse for my choice of following in my father’s footsteps,” Goro Miyazaki told IndieWire in an email interview, but indicated that he also laughed in his response to this question.

Read More: A Guide to Amazon’s Adventure Series ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’

The younger Miyazaki had initially decided not to go into animation or work for his father’s company. Instead, he pursued landscape architecture and created beauty in the real world by designing parks and gardens.

The pull of Studio Ghibli was too strong, however. Miyazaki first joined »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Studio Ghibli’s Miyakazi — No, the Other One — On Dodging His Father’s Legacy with ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’

2 February 2017 8:36 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In Amazon’s animated family series “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter,” young Ronja grows up to question whether or not she wants to go into her father’s line of work. It’s a feeling that hits close to home for the series’ director Goro Miyazaki, son of animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.

“I’ve felt remorse for my choice of following in my father’s footsteps,” Goro Miyazaki told IndieWire in an email interview, but indicated that he also laughed in his response to this question.

Read More: A Guide to Amazon’s Adventure Series ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’

The younger Miyazaki had initially decided not to go into animation or work for his father’s company. Instead, he pursued landscape architecture and created beauty in the real world by designing parks and gardens.

The pull of Studio Ghibli was too strong, however. Miyazaki first joined »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Berlinale: Altitude Flies High for Japanese Animation ‘Witch’s Flower’

2 February 2017 2:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Altitude Film Sales has picked up international rights to “Mary And The Witch’s Flower.” The picture is an animated feature that is the first film from Japan’s Studio Ponoc.

The film is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. He is one half of the Oscar-nominated duo with producer Yoshiaki Nishimura who previously made Studio Ghibli’s “When Marnie Was There” and recently co-founded Studio Ponoc.

The film was adapted by Yonebayashi and Riko Sakaguchi from the classic British children’s novel “The Littlest Broomstick” by Mary Stewart. Mixing “Harry Potter”-ish magic with the animation craft of Studio Ghibli, the story follows an innocent girl who stumbles into the magical world of a school for witches. Animators scouted locations in Shropshire, U.K., where Stewart set the book.

The film is now in post-production and will be available for release in 2017. Altitude Film Sales will unveil it to distributors at »

- Patrick Frater and Leo Barraclough

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Greater Creators Spotlights Jack Kirby

31 January 2017 10:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As we continue to enjoy living in this golden age of superheroes, science fiction and awesome pop culture in general, it’s important that we don’t forget about the genius minds who got us to this point. And, thankfully, neither have the folks behind the new Machinima series, Greater Creators.

Said web series stars internet sensation and all-around four-color guru Comic Book Girl 19, who aims to educate as well as entertain – and that she does when she kicks things off by shining the spotlight on none other than Jack “The King” Kirby.

For those unfamiliar, Kirby is one of the men we have to thank for Marvel books such as Fantastic Four and The Avengers, in addition to DC fan favorites such as Darkseid, the New Gods and Kamandi, the latter of which is currently being revisited by some of today’s top talents in a twelve-issue run. »

- Eric Joseph

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‘Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams’ Review (Criterion Collection)

31 January 2017 9:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Akira Terao, Martin Scorsese, Mieko Harada, Mitsuko Baisho | Written by Akira Kurosawa | Directed by Akira Kurosawa, Ishiro Honda

Made in 1990, in the twilight of his career, this is the kind of out-there movie that only an auteur of Akira Kurosawa’s status could have brought (or had financed) to fruition. He had help from some American cineaste buddies like Steven Spielberg (producing) and Martin Scorsese (lending his acting skills and a ginger wig); but the result is something steeped almost entirely in Japanese culture, its history and traditions.

Dreams is structured as a series of brief chapters, each based on one of Kurosawa’s own dreams. It’s an approach that at once seems chaotic: half-formed vignettes with no connective tissue. But at the end of its two-hour runtime, the linking themes coalesce in the mind. In short, this is a heartfelt cry about the threat of industrialisation upon rural Japanese life. »

- Rupert Harvey

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Machinima Bands With ComicBookGirl19 On ‘Greater Creators’ Series For Go90

31 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Gamer and fandom-focused digital network Machinima has tapped the creator Danika Massey -- better known to her 700,000 social followers as ComicBookGirl19 -- to host its latest series dubbed Greater Creators.

The 14-episode series, debuting today exclusively on Verizon’s go90 mobile video platform, will explore the life and works of creative icons including Watchmen writer Alan Moore, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, Dune novelist Frank Herbert, Stephen King, and Stanley Kubrick. The series will also feature lesser known figures like anime auteur Hayao Miyazaki, comic book artist Frank Frazetta, and visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen.

Visit Tubefilter for more great stories. »

- Geoff Weiss

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Shout! Factory Buys Japanese Hit ‘In This Corner of the World’ for North America

31 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shout! Factory has acquired all rights in North America to hit Japanese animation film “In This Corner of the World.” It plans theatrical releases in the U.S. and Canada from summer this year, ahead of multimedia outings.

Released in Japan in the fall of 2016 to slowburn success, “Corner” tells the tale of a woman who moves to Hiroshima in 1944. But her life is thrown into chaos when the town is the target of a nuclear bomb at the end of WWII.

It was written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, based on the original work by Fumiyo Kouno. Production was by Masao Maruyama at Mappa Co. and Taro Maki at Genco Inc. Rights were acquired through London-based sales agent Animatsu Entertainment.

“Beautiful and deeply moving, ‘In This Corner of the World’ is a captivating, socially relevant film that will impact everyone who sees it,” said Melissa Boag, senior VP of kids & family entertainment at Shout! »

- Patrick Frater

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Catch up and download: from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air to LifeAfter

28 January 2017 2:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Netflix has acquired Will Smith’s classic sitcom, while the creators of The Message podcast have unveiled a new fiction series about an FBI agent

Ronia The Robber’s Daughter

Joining the increasingly long list of film-makers to dabble in TV is Studio Ghibli, with this adaptation of the children’s fantasy book. A bildungsroman about a young girl’s time working with a band of thieves in medieval Scandinavia, Ronia The Robber’s Daughter was created by the son of renowned Ghibli honcho Hayao Miyazaki and features narration from Gillian Anderson. Given the pedigree involved, it’s no surprise that the series features the same lovingly designed animation and imaginative storytelling of the best Ghibli works.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’: A Guide to Studio Ghibli’s Adventure Series on Amazon

27 January 2017 7:41 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Studio Ghibli’s children’s series “Ronja: The Robber’s Daughter” is now streaming on Amazon with 26 episodes based on the classic tale by Astrid Lingren (“Pippi Longstocking”). The series won an International Emmy Award for Best Kids Animation.

It’s taken a couple of years for the series to make its way west from Japan, so to prepare for your family’s next binge, we’ve set up a primer for what you need to know:

Read More: ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’ Trailer: Watch a Sneak Peek of Studio Ghibli’s First Series for Amazon

1. Ronja is as advertised: One stormy night a girl was born to Mattis, a leader of a band of robbers, who couldn’t have been prouder. That night, lighting stuck the fort they lived in and split it in two. Set in a medieval Scandinavian land, expect to see horse-drawn carriages, outhouses and very little technology. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’: A Guide to Studio Ghibli’s Adventure Series on Amazon

27 January 2017 7:41 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Studio Ghibli’s children’s series “Ronja: The Robber’s Daughter” is now streaming on Amazon with 26 episodes based on the classic tale by Astrid Lingren (“Pippi Longstocking”). The series won an International Emmy Award for Best Kids Animation.

It’s taken a couple of years for the series to make its way west from Japan, so to prepare for your family’s next binge, we’ve set up a primer for what you need to know:

Read More: ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’ Trailer: Watch a Sneak Peek of Studio Ghibli’s First Series for Amazon

1. Ronja is as advertised: One stormy night a girl was born to Mattis, a leader of a band of robbers, who couldn’t have been prouder. That night, lighting stuck the fort they lived in and split it in two. Set in a medieval Scandinavian land, expect to see horse-drawn carriages, outhouses and very little technology. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ Reclaims Top Spot After Five Months On Release

23 January 2017 9:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — Megahit animation, “Your Name” reclaimed the top spot at the Japanese box office in its 22nd week on release. For the subdued Jan. 21-22 weekend the film grossed $1.53 million from 124,000 admissions, with Toho distributing.

Martin Scorsese’s Japan-set “Silence” grossed $1.7 million, but appears in fourth place in Japanese charts, which are ordered according to ticket sales. Distributed by Kadokawa, “Silence” sold 105,000 tickets.

Your Name” has played continuously since August and returned to the top spot for the first time since mid-November. Its cumulative now stands at $207 million from 18.2 million admissions in Japan. Factoring in international grosses, “Your Name” has now earned $290 million from global theatrical markets, overtaking Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” (2001), to be the highest earning anime film of all time.

“Honnoji Hotel” slipped to second place in the weekend chart according to ticket sales. Highest ranking among new releases, at number three, was Sony’s “Shinjuku Swan II” with $1.42 million. »

- Mark Schilling

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'The Red Turtle' Review: Robinson Crusoe Meets Totoro in Colorful Animated Gem

23 January 2017 7:11 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

You won't meet the title character until almost a quarter of the way in – by which point in Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit's sublime, Studio Ghibli-sponsored survivalist story, you've watched the movie's unnamed shipwrecked hero endure crashing waves, hunger-induced hallucinations and other Man v. Nature trials. This minimalist Robinson Crusoe falls down cliffs and into crevasses, swim's underwater through a claustrophobe's nightmare of a tunnel and cracks open mangoes for sustenance, all without saying a word. (The movie is almost completely dialogue-less, unless you consider the occasional »

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Japanese Anime Phenomenon ‘Your Name’ Gets North American Release Date

17 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Funimation Films will open Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name in North America on April 7.

Last weekend, the hand-drawn film was honored as best animated feature at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards. Your Name, which also had a 2016 qualifying run and is in contention for the best-animated feature Oscar, has already found box-office success in Asia — it has become the fourth highest-grossing film ever released in Japan, behind Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning Spirited Away, James Cameron's Titanic and Disney's Frozen.

Your Name follows two teenagers, Mitsuha and Taki, who mysteriously and randomly swap bodies. »

- Carolyn Giardina

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Studio’s Ghibli’s Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter gets a trailer

10 January 2017 9:18 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a little over two weeks to go until its arrives on Amazon Prime Video, a trailer has debuted for Studio Ghibli’s upcoming animated series Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter. An adaptation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s fantasy book Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, the series is directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki; watch it below after the official synopsis…

The story follows Ronja, a young girl whose father is the chief of a tribe of bandits. The live in a huge castle in the forest with the bandits. In this story Ronja encounters mystical creatures as she explores and experiences life in the forest. Somewhere along the lines she makes friends with another young child much like herself. The title is based on the fantasy story Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, written by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’ Trailer: Studio Ghibli’s First Series Will Stream on Amazon

10 January 2017 8:13 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If peak anime and peak television had a baby, her name would be “Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter.”

Later this month, Amazon Prime will host the legendary Japanese animation house’s “epic 26-part story” based on the eponymous Astrid Lindgren novel. “Ronja” is the latest in a long line of adaptations for the Swedish Pippi Longstocking scribe, whose work inspired the likes of Lasse Hallström (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Chocolat”).

Read More: ‘Ocean Waves’ Review: This Forgotten Studio Ghibli Classic Is Newly Restored And Better Than Ever

The only Studio Ghibli television series will be available to American viewers for the first time on January 27. “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter” is directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.

The story centers around a ten-year-old girl named Ronja, who lives in a mountain fort with her parents and their band of merry robbers. She spends »

- Jude Dry

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‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’ Trailer: Studio Ghibli’s First Series Will Stream on Amazon

10 January 2017 8:13 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If peak anime and peak television had a baby, her name would be “Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter.”

Later this month, Amazon Prime will host the legendary Japanese animation house’s “epic 26-part story” based on the eponymous Astrid Lindgren novel. “Ronja” is the latest in a long line of adaptations for the Swedish Pippi Longstocking scribe, whose work inspired the likes of Lasse Hallström (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Chocolat”).

Read More: ‘Ocean Waves’ Review: This Forgotten Studio Ghibli Classic Is Newly Restored And Better Than Ever

The only Studio Ghibli television series will be available to American viewers for the first time on January 27. “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter” is directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.

The story centers around a ten-year-old girl named Ronja, who lives in a mountain fort with her parents and their band of merry robbers. She spends »

- Jude Dry

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