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James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain have also been announced for the English language voice cast of the film, reports Deadline.
Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata directed the animated film, which is based on the Japanese folk story the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
It tells the story of a girl found inside a stalk of bamboo, who is taken in by an old bamboo cutter and his wife.
As she grows, Kaguya-hime is forced to decide between five suitors and to learn the truth about her origins.
Ghibli recently released a trailer for When Marnie Was There.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya was released in Japan last year. Its English language release schedule is yet to be announced. »
Chloë Grace Moretz leads the English language voice cast of Studio Ghibli's new animated feature The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. She plays Princess Kaguya in the film, which also features an all-star voice cast that includes James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, and Dean Cain.
This sounds like another amazingly beautiful film from the legendary animation studio. Here's the synopsis to give you some insight into the story.
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, even unseen she enthralls all who encounter her, including five noble suitors. Ultimately she must face her fate, punishment for her crime.
Based on the classic Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, The Tale Of The Princess »
- Joey Paur
The Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race is slowly coming together. Big dogs like "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "The Lego Movie" have already bowed, while Fox ("The Book of Life") and Focus ("The Boxtrolls") have rolled out footage presentations in recent weeks to stay top of mind. One film we've been assuming would have a place in the 2014 line-up is Gkids' "Tale of Princess Kaguya" from Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. We were just waiting for a release date announcement — and now we have it. The indie animation distributor announced today that the film would receive a theatrical release starting on Oct. 17 with a national expansion to follow. Also part of the announcement was the revelation of the English-language voice cast for the film, which includes Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss and Lucy Liu. Isao Takahata's film was released in Japan last »
- Kristopher Tapley
Studio Ghibli has long attracted big names to dubs its films in English. Though the company’s latest arrives in the wake of founder Hayao Miyazaki's reitrement, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is keeping the tradition going, hiring Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden and John Cho for the international version.Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter. In the yarn, a man finds a tiny girl inside the stalk of a bamboo. Deciding with his wife to raise her as their own, they see her become a beautiful young woman who attracts the interest of lots of suitors. But she hides a secret that might affect her life...Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata took on directorial duties for this one, and it’ll be interesting to see the tone brought by the man »
Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli has had a long history of nabbing big-name actors for its films in U.S. distribution—from Christian Bale in Howl’s Moving Castle to Tina Fey and Matt Damon in Ponyo—and its latest release is no different.
U.S. distributor Gkids announced in a release today that Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie) will voice the title role in The Tale of Princess Kaguya. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden, and John Cho also lend their voices.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, »
- Jackson McHenry
The story follows a tiny girl, found in a bamboo stalk, who grows into an exquisite young lady raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. She enthralls all who encounter her and ultimately she must face her secret fate.
Gkids is currently targeting an October 17th release date in the United States.
Source: Gkids »
- Garth Franklin
Gkids, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for The Tale of Princess Kaguya, the highly anticipated new feature from Studio Ghibli. It is the first film in fourteen years from legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. In addition to Chloe Moretz as The Princess Kaguya, the film features the voices of James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain. (Full cast list below.) Gkids has North American distribution rights for the film and is planning a theatrical release starting October 17, with national expansion to follow. The film will qualify for the Academy Awards and other awards season contests.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya made its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where Variety hailed it as "a visionary tour-de-force." Eight years in the making, the film is the untold story of The Princess Kaguya, »
As much as I love Studio Ghibli, I'm not the biggest fan of these kind of casting updates. I prefer the original Japanese voice cast with subtitles, but as always it's hard to sell the film here in the Us without dubbed English voices. GKids has unveiled the cast for the English language version of Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, directed by Isao Takahata, his first film in fourteen years. Providing the lead voice will be Chloë Grace Moretz, who is already everywhere and in every movie from Cannes to The Equalizer. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya adapts a classic story about a tiny girl found inside a shining stalk of bamboo. The remainder of the English voice cast for the film includes James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain. Gkids has North American distribution rights for the film, »
- Alex Billington
Gkids has today announced the English voice cast for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the latest animated film from Studio Ghibli. The film, which marks the first film in fourteen years from legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, will be voiced domestically by Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain. »
Exclusive: Chloe Grace Moretz will voice the title character in The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, the latest animated pic from Studio Ghibli, the company co-founded by Japan animation icons Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain also have signed up for the film, which Gkids acquired in March to release in the U.S. The indie distributor, which has four Best Animated Feature nominations since 2010, has set an October 17 release date timed to maximize awards-season play. Takahata (Grave Of The Fireflies) directed Kaguya in his helming effort in […] »
Hong Kong – Locally-made crime thriller “Felony,” which stars Joel Egerton, Tom Wilkinson and Jai Courtney, has been set as the closing night movie of the Melbourne International Film Festival (July 31-Aug 17, 2014.)
The film (pictured), follows three detectives who are variously involved in committing a crime and covering it up, had its premiere in Toronto last year.
It is directed by Melbourne-based Matthew Saville, and is set for its Australian commercial release on Aug 28.
The festival also sets other Australian films in prominent positions. Tony Ayres’ crime thriller “Cut Snake” will play as the centrepiece gala midway through the festival, while the Spierig brothers “Predestination” has previously been announced as the opening film.
In total the festival will play some 341 films across 17 different sections.
Other highlights include the world premieres of “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films” and the Emmanuelle Beart-starring “Mistress.”
- Patrick Frater
As a trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest and possibly final feature When Marnie Was There emerges, Ryan ponders company's uncertain future...
When Hayao Miyazaki retired last year at the age of 73, animation lost one of its most accomplished and dedicated practitioners. His work, comprising 11 features and numerous shorts, needs little introduction: films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle have long since etched themselves on the minds of audiences all over the world.
Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises, was a bravely individual parting shot. A drama about the designer of the legendary Japanese fighter plane, the Mitsubishi Zero, it felt like a final, heartfelt statement from a truly great artist - and a fitting capstone to a remarkable career. But with Miyazaki having set aside the painstaking work he put into animating his films over the course of some 48 years, the inevitable question »
A Brazilian feature wins at the animation festival for the second consecutive year; market reports record high.Scroll down for full list of winners
Brazilian director Ale Abreu’s The Boy and the World, about a child who heads to the city in search of his father, has won both the Crystal Award and Audience Award for the best feature-length film at the 38th edition of the Annecy International Animation Festival.
“The rising strength of Brazilian animation is confirmed. The Boy and The World’s double honours signal yet again the vitality of this cinematography,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marcel Jean.
It is the second year in a row that a Brazilian film has won the top prize. Last year, Luiz Bolognesi’s Rio 2096, capturing key periods in Brazil’s history though a man who lives for 600 years, clinched the Crystal for best feature.
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For the second year running a Brazilian feature wins the festival.
Brazilian director Ale Abreu’s The Boy and the World, about a child who heads to the city in search of his father, has won both the Crystal Award and Audience Award for the best feature-length film at the 38th edition of Annecy International Animation Festival. “The rising strength of Brazilian animation is confirmed. TheBoyand The World’s double honours signals yet again the vitality of this cinematography,” said the festival’s artistic director Marcel Jean. It is the second year in a row that a Brazilian film has won the top prize. Last year, Luiz Bolognesi’s Rio 2096 clinched the Crystal for best feature. The Jury Prize for best feature was awarded to Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’. The jury also gave a special mention to Mizuho Nishikub’s Giovanni’s Island. In other awards, the Crystal for the best short film went to French-Korean »
Paris– Brazilian musician-turned-director Ale Abreu’s “Boy and the World” won the Crystal Award for best film and the audience nod at the 38th Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival which wrapped today.
The win of “Boy and the World” (pictured above) underscores the building strength of Brazilian animation which delivered last year’s “Rio 2096,” winner of Annecy’s top prize. Brazil had never had a film in competition at Annecy before last year.
Described by Variety‘s Dennis Harvey as a “simple, universal parable played out in boldly imaginative design terms,” Abreu’s dialogue-free film follows the journey of a young boy who leaves his village to search for his father across a big city where he discovers a world dominated by animal-machines. Acquired by GKids for North American distribution, the feature premiered at the Ottawa Intl. Animation Festival last September where it won an honorary mention – an effective »
- Elsa Keslassy
Animation distributor GKids has acquired the North American rights to "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness," a new documentary about the powerhouse Japanese animation shop "Studio Ghibli." Director Mami Sunada, whose 2011 documentary "Death of a Japanese Salesman" told the story of the illness and death of her father, was granted unprecedented access into the usually-insular Studio Ghibli. During her time at Ghibli, she followed three of the studio's most important men: legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata, the studio's "other director" who has been the driving force behind many of Ghibli's non-Miyazaki hits. Sunada filmed for a year as Studio Ghibli raced to finish Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" (Anne Thompson's interview with Miyazaki here, Studio Ghibli exec Jeffrey Wexler here) as well as Takahata's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," both of which were released in Japan in 2013. "Kingdom" is screening today at the Annecy Festival in France and. »
- Jacob Combs
This sounds delightful. Gkids, a Us distributor of animation from all over the world, has acquired rights to release the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness in North America. The doc is actually an inside look at Studio Ghibli, and the three men who are the "lifeblood of Ghibli": director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive Isao Takahata (all three seen above). Gkids picked up the film prior to its appearance at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, but will likely release it in theaters later this year along with Ghibli's next Us release, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. More below. Synopsis: Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential "other director" Isao Takahata – over the course of »
- Alex Billington
Annecy – In one of the most significant distribution deals to date for Brazilian animation, New York-based GKids has acquired North American rights to Ale Abreu’s upcoming “Boy and the World,” the tale of a small child’s epic discovery of the modern world.
Sold by Elo Company, a Sao Paulo sales agent/distributor, “Boy” bowed in competition Monday at France’s Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.
World premiering at the Ottowa Intl Animation Festival, where it received a Special Jury Mention, “Boy” has also garnered accolades at the Rio Festival, where it earned a special mention, the Best Brazilian Film-Youth Award at its home-turf Sao Paulo Intl. Film Fest, and Best Animated Film at the 35th Havana Festival of New Latin
But it is the GKids pick-up – a gold standard these days for artistically ambitious animation features from all over the world – which, together with selection for Annecy competition, »
- John Hopewell
Both movies will first world-premiere at Cannes. “Dragon” will play out of competition in the official selection, while “Kaguya,” helmed by Isao Takahata, will play in Directors’ Fortnight.
Annecy’s competition lineup will mix a few mainstream films — such as Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud’s French B.O. hit “Minuscule” and Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver’s road trip comedy “Asphalt Watches” — with many adult-skewed, auteur-driven toonpics, notably Bill Plympton’s “Cheatin’,” Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta’s “Last Hijack,” about Somalian pirates, as well as Korean helmer Sang-ho Yeon’s psychological thriller “The Fake” and Mait Laas’ “Limone and Maroc Orange,” a 3D satire dealing with immigration.
Other animated films set to compete include “L’Arte della felicita, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ghibli to give master-class at lakeside Annecy International Animation Festival.
Japanese animator Isao Takahata will make a rare international appearance this week at the 38th Annecy International Animation Festival which opens today [June 9] with The Tale of Princess Kaguya, the first feature overseen by the Studio Ghibli co-founder in more than a decade.
The 78-year animator will give a master-class at the festival on Tuesday in which he will discuss his 50-year career that began at Toei Animation in the 1970s where he met long-time collaborator and Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.
The master-class is part of a packed programme of talks and conferences at the lakeside animation festival, running June 9-14, a key date in the calendar for professionals and students from across the animation world.
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