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2 items from 2012

My Neighbour Totoro Blu-Ray Review

15 November 2012 3:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Noriko Hidaka, Shigesato Itoi, Chika Sakamoto, Sumi Shimamoto

Running Time: 86 minutes

Certificate: U

Extras: Storyboards, Creating My Neighbour Totoro Featurette, Creating the Characters Featurette, The Totoro Experience, Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli, The Locations of Totoro, Scoring Miyazaki, Behind the Microphone Featurette, Textless Opening & Closing Credits, Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer, Studio Ghibli Trailer Reel

In 2002 Studio Ghibli showed that a world dominated by Pixar could still appreciate traditional animation. Spirited Away made history as the first, and so far only, film made outside the English speaking world to win a Golden Bear and Academy Award. Twenty-four years before Hayao Miyazaki released My Neighbour Totoro and defined everything great about Studio Ghibli .

Tatsuo Kusukabe, with his daughters Mei and Satsuki, moves into an apparently haunted house in 1958 Japan wanting to be closer to hospital bound matriarch Yasuko. Youngest daughter Mei’s inquisitive nature leads her to discover the Totoro family – dwarf, »

- Sam Carey

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Blu-ray Review: The Castle of Cagliostro

31 October 2012 5:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Castle Of Cagliostro

Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko MasuyamaGorô NayaSumi ShimamotoTarô Ishida | Written by Hayao Miyazaki, Haruya Yamazaki | Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Most of us are familiar with Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli, who have for 30 years been bringing the world beautifully told stories of magical worlds and extraordinary characters, from Porco Rosso to Spirited Away. But many might not know Ghibli director and co-founder Hayao Miyazaki’s first film, without which that 30-year legacy likely wouldn’t exist: The Castle of Cagliostro.

Miyazaki has always had something of an affinity for Italy and his films don’t shy away from this influence, from Porco Rosso’s Mediterranean dogfights to even his studio’s name (many Italian WWII planes were given the name Ghibli), and Cagliostro is no different, taking place in a hyperactive stylised version of Northern Italy.

The story picks up on a pair of happy-go-lucky thieves, »

- Mark Allen

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