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The Top Ten ‘Old-School’ Anime series you should be watching

11 December 2010 11:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Imagine if you will… It’s a Tuesday night with nothing to do. There you are, sitting on your couch, flipping through channel after channel of mindless drivel. “Is there nothing Good on these days?!” you ask yourself. So in an act of desperation you flip your favorite VOD service on (or open your local video rental catalog) and marvel at the endless hours of entertainment. What to watch? Comedy, Drama? Television series? Feature Film? Who has the time play TV roulette?! Nobody, That’S Who! So in an act of kindness, I lay before you the ten best anime series of yesteryear (in no particular order) for you to burn your eyeballs with during those slow weekday nights! And let’s face it… If your already reading this, What Else would you be doing on a weekday night? Hmm?

10: Cowboy Bebop (1998, Series)

Directed by: Shinichiro Watanabe

It’s »

- Aaron M.K.

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The Secret of Kells Blu-ray Review

10 November 2010 2:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In years to come historians and animation fans alike are sure to look back upon the heady days of 2010 with a comfortable sense of warm nostalgia and hefty box office takings.

For though we’ve all still got the Winter to look forward to with, no doubt, a handful of festive frolics in tow (Disney’s Tangled is certainly showing all the potential of a Christmas treat) the past ten months have already provided said fans with such welcome delights as handy tips for dragon trainers, babysitting supervillains, super-intelligent aliens and the return of not only everyone’s favourite ogre (plus donkey) but a whole toybox full of familiar faces back for one final hurrah!

So it’s somewhat understandable that amongst such animated bedfellows a decidedly low key animation set in the 9th century inspired by both Celtic mythology and a 1, 200 year old illuminated manuscript is less likely to »

- Nick Turk

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Rome 2010: Studio Ghibli's Karigurashi No Arrietty Review

8 November 2010 11:31 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

[Our thanks to film critic, music expert and GhibliWorld.com contributor Marco Bellano for this review of Studio Ghibli's latest: Karigurashi no Arrietty.]

The artists at Studio Ghibli are today accustomed to international acknowledgements. Since the Golden Bear awarded to Hayao Miyazaki in 2002 by the Berlin Film Festival, well deserved prizes and celebrative occasions have incessantly multiplied, sanctioning with formal honors a longstanding mastery in hand drawn animated cinema. The most recent token of appreciation came from the Rome Film Festival, which included in its 2010 program a rich retrospective dedicated to Ghibli features: a more than welcome event, that however might not stand today as groundbreaking as it would have less than ten years ago, when the circulation of these films in Western countries was decidedly scarcer. Actually, the Rome program did bring something new to the "conventional" way of celebrating Studio Ghibli, as aside renowned classics like Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke, 1997) or Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away, 2001) it included films that are today not often seen on the big screen, »

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NAUSICAÄ BluRay Review

8 November 2010 4:34 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

I love BluRay.

I really do.

I used to love DVD back in the day and still like it a lot, but seeing an old classic like "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" in this high a definition is like seeing it for the first time again. Of course this film never made it anywhere near a Dutch cinema back in the eighties so I only knew it from DVD, and never had any idea how sharp and detailed this film had looked upon theatrical release. Well, that has changed and I Sure can make an educated guess now!

Because last month, Optimum in the United Kingdom released a BluRay edition of "Nausicaä". It's totally English-friendly but Region B locked, meaning only regionfree players and players in Europe, Africa and Australia-New Zealand can use this disc. There was a previous English-friendly BluRay edition released in Japan earlier this year »

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Studio Ghibli Announcing New Project December 15

5 November 2010 9:43 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Yesterday at the Rome International Film Festival, Koji Hoshino, president of the beloved Studio Ghibli, stated that that the company “will announce Ghibli’s new work on December 15,” but did not add any more details beyond that. There is speculation on whether Hoshino was referring to the possible Porco Rosso sequel that animation godfather and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki mentioned to Cut magazine back in August. An article in Cinema Today expressed that it is still unknown whether this project will be something helmed by Miyazaki or a different director. Hit the jump to get my opinion on what this new project could be.

Back during Miyazaki’s interview with Cut magazine, Miyazaki expressed his desire for a sequel to his 1992 film Porco Rosso in which he envisions his pig pilot to be caught in the middle to the Spanish Civil War. The proposed project would be entitled Porco Rosso »

- Tiffany Peng

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Five Essential... Anime Movies

4 October 2010 3:03 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Cherokee Summer selects her Five Essential Anime Movies...

I must confess that once (and I emphasis on the ‘once’) I was an anime nerd. A big one. I’d watch anything and everything to do with anime, read tons of manga, became obsessed with the Japanese culture, and attended yearly conventions to meet like-minded people who were just as obsessed as me - and also couldn’t string a coherent sentence together without shouting ‘Kawaii’ and various other Japanese phrases.

Thankfully, that time has long gone (and it’s good to get it off my chest too) but something that has remained with me are some of the select anime’s that I watched in my phase (a few being from many years before) that are powerful films in their own right.

Rather than opting for the doe eyed, big chested and short skirted heroine of many anime shows and »

- flickeringmyth

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[Update: Pre-order Links] Anime on Blu-ray News: Laputa: Castle In The Sky and My Neighbors The Yamadas

24 September 2010 7:40 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

[Edit 9/24: Pre-order links are at the bottom]

[Edit to update:  Apparently Takahata's pre-Ghibli feature Jarinko Chie (Chie the Brat) is currently available on Blu-ray in Japan.  Thanks to reader Jordan Scott for that!]

Was it really only last week that I posted about Nausicaa?  Well, online sources are indicating that Studio Ghibli's second and third catalog titles to go Blu will be Hayao Miyazaki's Laputa  and Isao Takahata's My Neighbors the Yamadas.  As far as I know, this marks Takahata's first appearance in high definition.  No information yet about extras, but they seem to be following the same template for packaging as a wonderful Nausicaa set, so it is certainly something to look forward to.  We'll be posting links to pre-order as soon as Yesasia lists them.  Chances are that these will be in the $60-80 range for those of you in the USA, but who knows when we'll see these titles hit American shores, especially Yamadas.  The current release date is set at December 22, watch this space for more info.  I wonder how long until they get around to them all, »

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My Neighbors the Yamadas on Blu-ray Disc

9 September 2010 10:59 PM, PDT | Affenheimtheater | See recent Affenheimtheater news »

Whoops, looks like I missed this announcement while celebrating the upcoming Blu-ray Disc release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky. According to Av Watch, Isao Takahata’s My Neighbors the Yamadas (Houhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) will also be released on Blu-ray Disc on December 22nd with the following specs:

Audio: Japanese, English, German, Korean, Mandarin

Subtitles: English, Japanese, French, German, Korean, Chinese

My Neighbors the Yamadas (which was supposed to be the first of the Ghibli films to be released on Blu-ray Disc) is one of the few Ghibli animes I haven’t seen yet, so I’m happy to see this in the (possible) best quality for the first time.

[via muhootsaver] »

- Ulrik

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My Neighbors the Yamadas on Blu-ray Disc

9 September 2010 10:59 PM, PDT | Affenheimtheater | See recent Affenheimtheater news »

Whoops, looks like I missed this announcement while celebrating the upcoming Blu-ray Disc release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky. According to Av Watch, Isao Takahata’s My Neighbors the Yamadas (Houhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) will also be released on Blu-ray Disc on December 22nd with the following specs:

Audio: Japanese, English, German, Korean, Mandarin

Subtitles: English, Japanese, French, German, Korean, Chinese

My Neighbors the Yamadas (which was supposed to be the first of the Ghibli films to be released on Blu-ray Disc) is one of the few Ghibli animes I haven’t seen yet, so I’m happy to see this in the (possible) best quality for the first time.

[via muhootsaver] »

- Ulrik

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The Movie Club Podcast #19: Wizards and Grave of the Fireflies

3 September 2010 7:48 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The Movie Club Podcast [1] is an irregular roundtable podcast where we select two movies to dissect, analyze and discuss with a group of fellow movie bloggers and film fans. It's that time again folks. The latest episode of The Movie Club Podcast is now online and ready to be heard, bringing us just one episode away from a miraculous 20 episode milestone! Can you believe it? I can't. This time around, we take a look at two animated films: Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies and Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. In addition to our friends at Row Three [2] and Where The Long Tail Ends [3], we also invited long-time listener Anthony to sit in as a guest host to join in the discussion. So did Grave of the Fireflies make us cry like little girls, and did Wizards take us on a bad acid trip? You'll have to tune in to find out! »

- Sean

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Hayao Miyazaki on the Future of Studio Ghibli and Possible Porco Rosso Sequel

24 August 2010 7:50 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Master animator Hayao Miyazaki gave an interview to the Japanese magazine Cut recently in which he discussed Studio Ghibli’s possible future.  He talked about his own involvement in Ghibli’s upcoming films – which he hopes will include a sequel to his 1992 feature Porco Rosso – and the possible dissolution of the Oscar winning studio.

The proposed sequel, entitled Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie would put the pig-faced fighter pilot in the middle of the Spanish Civil War.  The chance that this will end up being Miyazaki’s next film are probably pretty slim, though, since the director is notorious for getting excited about projects and then moving onto something else before they come to fruition.  He personally courted Ursula K. LeGuin for years for the rights to make an Earthsea film, but when she finally signed them over to him, he passed the job on to son Goro (with »

- Ti Alan Chase

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Tales From Earthsea Review

12 August 2010 10:43 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

[Tomorrow is the strongest release day of the year and so we are taking the opportunity to pull our reviews of the key new release titles back up to the top of the stack.]

In many ways Goro Miyazaki's Tales From Earthsea was a film destined to fail, crushed under the weight of massive expectations. Not only is it a second attempt to adapt a beloved literary franchise, a franchise whose first adaptation was a critical failure publicly torn to shreds by its author, but it is the debut piece of animation directed by a topiary gardener whose father just so happens to be the production company's co-founder and a living legend in the animation world, a legend who publicly criticized his son's selection as director of this project. Put it all together and you had speculation that the younger Miyazaki was in charge of the film in name only, a publicity stunt selection at the top of the credits while the real work would be overseen by others with more experience. Expectations were huge; many in the sidelines ere openly anticipating and embracing a coming failure. »

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Fantasia 2010: Don Bluth And Gary Goldman Talk The Past And Future Of Traditional Animation

28 July 2010 11:39 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

[Our thanks to Mathieu Li-Goyette of Panorama Cinema for the following interview.]

For the 14th edition of the Fantasia Film Festival, programmers had the great idea of bringing up Don Bluth and Gary Goldman to given them an honorary award and to speak about the future of traditional animation. We had the honor to meet them, the creative team behind such classics as The Secret of Nimh (1982), An American Tail (1986), The Land Before Time (1988), Stanley's Magic Garden (1994), Titan A.E. (2000), etc. For the occasion, a real history lesson on how animation evolved and what, in 1979, made them quit the Disney studios in search of a renaissance of the Golden Age of animation was given to us. An interview with the last milestones of commercial animation: two geniuses that still have kid's hearts.

Panorama-cinéma: So you are here in Fantasia to present The Land Before Time and to receive an honorary award.

Gary Goldman: It's what we've been told! (laughs)

Panorama-cinéma: »

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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project – Week 26: My week with Animation

20 July 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This week I watched five Animated films of differing styles and topics that were My Neighbour Totoro, The Incredibles, Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lion King and Grave of the Fireflies.

Now we are around the half way mark at week 26 I’m starting to consider the films which are not on the list and wonder how the voting for certain films was done. For example the Pixar and Miyazaki films are all stunning, brilliant movies and deserve to be in the top 250 movies or there about in terms of animated films but are they really the best animation has to offer? Wall-e was the clear favorite animated movie at the placing of 43 on our list (Now placed at 47 on the current IMDb list) and at the time of writing this post Toy Story 3 has actually got to No. 6 which is incredible.

I’m staggered that films like the stunning »

- Gary Phillips

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New Borrowers Arrietty Teaser Is Vintage Ghibli ...

2 July 2010 12:21 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Though directorial duties on the latest from Studio Ghibli are being handled by Hiromasa Yonebayashi rather than either of studio founders Isao Takahata or Hayao Miyazaki you'd never know it from the trailers. And believe me when I say that this is one of the highest compliments that I could ever pay.

Yonebayashi has been a key animator at the famed studio for years and makes his directorial debut here with an adaptation of Mary Norton's award winning children's fantasy novel The Borrowers. I had only vague memories of reading Norton's books when young before watching the teaser but as the images started to scroll across the screen the memories started coming back. Very nice indeed.

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The Movie Club Podcast #18: The Fall and The Saragossa Manuscript

18 June 2010 11:11 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The Movie Club Podcast [1] is an irregular roundtable podcast where we select two movies to dissect, analyze and discuss with a group of fellow movie bloggers and film fans. After a three month break, we are finally ready to release the latest episode of The Movie Club Podcast into the wild. This time around we have once again reconvened with our friends from Row Three [2] and Where The Long Tail Ends [3] to talk about two movies that feature "stories within a story"... or something like that. The films in question are Tarsem's The Fall and Wojciech Has' The Saragossa Manuscript. The latter is a little bit tricky to track down, but it's important to note that we watched the three-hour version, not one of the edited cuts. Either way, the surreal visions presented by both films make for some spirited discussion; we hope you'll listen and then jump in with your own comments. »

- Sean

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Top 10 Studio Ghibli movies

25 May 2010 9:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli reaching its quarter century this year, we salute its ten best animated features…

Few animation studios have been as consistent in their output as Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli. Founded in 1985, its animated fantasies are made with just the right blend of humour, melancholy and whimsy to make them appeal to audiences of all ages.

And while Studio Ghibli has embraced new technology in recent years - Pom Poko was the studio's first film to use CG back in 1994 - it remains committed to producing animation using largely traditional, hand-drawn techniques.

While readers are sure to have their own personal favourites, here's our pick of the ten finest Ghibli productions...

Laputa: Castle In The Sky (Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta) 1986

Borrowing the flying island concept from Jonathan Swift's 18th century satire Gulliver's Travels, Castle In The Sky was the first animated feature released under the Ghibli banner, »

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Mighty Movie Podcast: Family Crash: Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher on October Country

12 February 2010 1:12 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

A tangent here, but stick with me: At the beginning of the animated film, My Neighbors the Yamatas, director Isao Takahata envisions the world of his titular family as an ocean voyage, complete with pounding waves and raging storms, but arriving eventually at a safe port. If the analogy was transferred to October Country, the new documentary by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, the familial vessel would also be facing typhoons, hailstorms, shark-infested waters, and a foggy void where the safe landing should be. And you may as well throw an iceberg in for good measure. Filmmakers Mosher (whose family is depicted, and who also is a photographer, musician, and writer) and Palmieri do not hedge in their depiction of the upstate N.Y. Mosher family, whose various members have undergone such trials as teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and molestation. But they »

- Dan Persons

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Teaser Trailer: Studio Ghibli’s Karigurashi No Arrietty (The Borrowers)

8 February 2010 1:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Twitch has posted a short teaser trailer for the upcoming animated film from Japan's Studio Ghibli titled Karigurashi No Arrietty (The Borrowers). Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who served as a key animator on Hayao Miyazaki's classics Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle or Spirited Away, makes his directorial debut. And at 36-years-old, Yonebayashi becomes the youngest person to have directed a film for Studio Ghibli. The film is adapted from Mary Norton's The Borrowers, a novel Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata had considered developing into an animated film for the past 40 years. Here is the official plot synopsis from IMDb: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty. It is also worth noting a bit of trivia: The story is »

- Peter Sciretta

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First Look at Karigurashi No Arrietty, Studio Ghibli’s New Film

8 February 2010 8:39 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Studio Ghibli has long been synonymous with its co-founders, the famed Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).  Starting this summer, audiences will be introduced to Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a first time director, looking to make his own mark on the Ghibli name. His film, Karigurashi no Arrietty (lit. The Borrower Arrietty) is based off Mary Norton’s popular The Borrowers series of children’s books.  For more on the new project, as well as the first teaser trailer, hit the jump.

Arrietty is a project roughly 40 years in the making. Miyazaki and Takahata had talked about making it for years but only recently decided to commit to the project. Though it is somewhat ironic that neither is directing the long-gestating film, Miyazaki defended his decision to defer to Yonebayashi citing the need for a youthful energy in filmmaking. Yonebayashi also cited the recent economic downturn as »

- David Corbin

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