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- Garth Franklin
This holiday season, Tiff Cinematheque presents a retrospective devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli — one of the most influential film studios in the world. Following its spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012, Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli returns from December 13 to January 3 to delight Tiff Bell Lightbox audiences with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35-mm and digital prints. The showcase pays homage to the studio’s legendary Japanese animation team led by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, its trademark animation style, powerful storytelling, and deeply felt humanism. Tiff is honoured to finally feature the rarely-screened masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies, one of Ghibli's supreme accomplishments and regarded by many as the greatest »
- Zoë Gulliksen
Studio Ghibli's second feature of the year has arrived with the release of director Takahata Isao's The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Due to a slight delay it arrives roughly three months behind Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, the original plan being to put the two films out together for the first time since 1988 when the two directors had Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro on release simultaneously. Now that Miyazaki's final feature has been and gone from the standard Ghibli position at the top of the box-office and is getting ready to be shipped off to the rest of the world it's time to get a look at the studio's latest.The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a 10th century Japanese folk story which,...
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Moving bits of paper around (the old way) or painting with billions of pixels (the new) has conjured up some of the greatest films of all time. From The Iron Giant to Persepolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. The Tale of the Fox
A sneaky fox plays a series of underhand tricks on his neighbours in the animal kingdom, among them a timorous hare and a gullible wolf. The king of the beasts, a lion, summons him to face charges but the fox proceeds to outwit everyone, including the king himself. When Ladislas Starevich told this tale in the 1930s it was by no means new – versions of the Reynard story had been circulating around Europe for the best part of a millennium – but the »
Studio Ghibli has released a 6-minute long trailer for their incredible looking animated feature film The Legend of Princess Kaguya. I love traditionally animated films, the art is basically dead outside of TV, so it's good that Studio Ghibli is keeping the form alive.
The movie was directed by Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata, who also directed the beautifully animated Grave of the Fireflies. This movie is based on Japanese folklore and was specifically inspired by The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It's a 10th century work that is the oldest surviving folktale in Japanese literature.
The legend of princess Kaguya centers on "a pocket-sized baby who was discovered by an old bamboo cutter named Taketori no Okina, while growing inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant." The animation style is very different and absolutely beautiful!
The movie will open on November 23 in Japan. There is no Us release date for the film yet. »
- Joey Paur
The Tiff Cinematheque is putting on a retrospective this holiday season devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Following a spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012 (which, as well as playing Toronto, made it across the Us, too), the retrospective is returning on December 13 and running through January 3 with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35mm and digital prints. Of note is the inclusion this time around of Isao Takahata's "Grave of the Fireflies," a title not part of the original retrospective. The lineup also includes "From Up On Poppy Hill," a father-son collaboration between studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki and his son Goro; and Miyazaki classics such as "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki’s Delivery Service" and Oscar winner "Spirited Away"; as well as rarely seen Ghibli titles "Only Yesterday" and "The Ocean Waves."Plus, cinephile director Guillermo del Toro will lead a master »
- Beth Hanna
As part of the holiday season Tiff Cinematheque gives the retrospective treatment to the legendary Japanese animated company founded by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki from December 13th, 2013 to January 3rd, 2014.
Blending new 35-mm and digital prints, 18 Studio Ghibli films will be showcased including From Up on Poppy Hill, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Oscar-winner Spirited Away, rarely seen titles Only Yesterday and Ocean Waves plus infrequently screened Grave of the Fireflies.
Two versions will be made available to audience members either in Japanese with English subtitles or English dubbed versions starring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Dakota Fanning, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Anna Paquin, Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Amy Poehler, Claire Danes and Liam Neeson.
Also out today is a full-length Japanese trailer for "Grave of the Fireflies" director Isao Takahata's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," a film based on the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
While 'Wind' sports Miyazaki's trademark look, 'Kaguya' sports a very different style designed to evoke hand scroll artwork.
- Garth Franklin
Twenty-five years ago Studio Ghibli’s second major release was the double feature of My Neighbor Totoro from Hayao Miyazai and Grave of the Fireflies from Isao Takahata. This year we’ve already seen Miyazaki’s latest, The Wind Rises, arriving to acclaim (and some controversy) in Japan, and we’ve now got a poster for the Us release. At […] »
- Russ Fischer
The worlds of Studio Ghibli have always been fascinating to live in, but for an upcoming film the Japan-based outfit looks to be headed in an entirely new direction. Coming from Grave of the Fireflies director Isao Takahata, The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) seems to be using a style invoking watercolor animation and we now have a [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
I love the art of traditional animation, especially when it comes from Studio Ghibli. That is the one studio that will keep traditionally animated feature films alive. Disney Animation and DreamWorks Animation have both given up on the art form and are all about CG animation. There are some things that CG just can't capture that traditional animation can, and you'll see that in these trailers for Studio Ghibli's new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
The film was directed by Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata, who directed Grave of the Fireflies. The film is based on Japanese folklore and was specifically inspired by The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It's a 10th century work that is the oldest surviving folktale in Japanese literature.
The legend of princess Kaguya centers on "a pocket-sized baby who was discovered by an old bamboo cutter named Taketori no Okina, while growing »
- Joey Paur
Studio Ghibli does more than just make movies, they make incredible awesome classics of brilliantness. Although we’ve only just had the release of 2011′s From Up On Poppy Hill, 2013 is the year that Japan will be treated to two Ghibli features. The first was Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, and the second is the upcoming release of co-founder Isau Takahata’s The Tale Of Princess Kaguya. Takahata co-founded Ghibli with Miyazaki at the the age of 50, and now at the age of 78 he shows no sign of losing his touch. Takahata directed one of the greatest achievements in animation, Grave Of The Fireflies, as well as my least favourite Ghibli movie, Pom Poko.
The trailer for his latest effort looks stunning. Almost as though storyboards have simply come to life. There’s an unpolished elegance to the visual style, which simply shows a woman (probably the titular hero) running. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Knowing The Wind Rises is expected to be writer/director Hayao Miyazaki's final feature film brings with it a certain sense of want, expectation and hope. Miyazaki has given us some of the best animated films cinema has ever seen from films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and any countless number of personal favorites you and I have beyond that. To imagine such a splendid cinematic era coming to an end brings with it a bit of disappointment as well, which is only emphasized due to the fact this final effort lands with a bit of a dull thud. Taking his past filmography into consideration, The Wind Rises is a bit of a departure from what we've come to expect from the animation icon. It's a much darker, more down-to-earth drama. The fantastical elements he usually employs are less a part of the story and more a »
- Brad Brevet
Feature Ryan Lambie 23 Sep 2013 - 06:38
Studio Ghibli may be best known for its woodland spirits and castles in the sky, but there's so much more to the Japanese animation house's output than colourful fantasy. Whether directed by founders Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, or newer animators, such as Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty), Studio Ghibli's movies are equally alive in their more dramatic, quiet moments.
From Up On Poppy Hill, released in Japan in 2011 and out now on home release in the UK, may surprise some viewers with its gentle period romance, but it provides a fresh example of how Studio Ghibli can breathe life into even the most prosaic activities. From Up On Poppy Hill is the second feature from Goro Miyazaki - the son »
Being the son of animation’s unequivocal living master who’s body of work ranks among the best cinematic creations ever made, Goro Miyazaki understandably had much trepidation about taking up his father, Hayao’s craft, eventually to be put in comparison to each other, for better or worse. When he finally succumbed to the family business after being approached by Toshio Suzuki, one of Studio Ghibli’s longest running producorial collaborators, neither Ghibli’s seasoned animators or the majesty of the company’s lineage could save Goro’s paltry debut, Tales from Earthsea. Notably missing Hayao’s direct involvement thanks to familiar disagreements, the film, rich with dragons and magic, became one of the least enchanting releases of Ghibli’s generally pristine catalog. Approaching Goro’s sophomore effort with the same apprehension he began his directorial career, with doubts of creative significance lingering in the long, overbearing shadow of his father, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Legendary animation genius, Hayao Miyazaki, is set to retire after the release of his latest film, The Wind Rises. The 72 year-old director of classics such as My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’S Moving Castle has had one of the most impressive careers in the business. He is also noted for beginning the animation studio Studio Ghibli, which has produced the vast majority of Miyazaki’s pictures, as well as some other unforgettable classics such as Grave Of The Fireflies.
The announcement of Miyazaki’s retirement came through Studio Ghibli president Hoshino Koji at the Venice Film Festival. This wouldn’t be the first time that Miyazaki has attempted to retire though. His previous attempts date back to 1997, when he announced Princess Mononoke would be his last film, and has suggested the same thing for almost every release since. The Wind Rises has already made $80 million in »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
When Hayao Miyazaki directs one of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated 2D animated feature films, up until this year you could rely on them to always have an element of the fantastical woven into the deep and moving tales about family, belonging, and nature. This year’s The Wind Rises is a stark departure for Hayao in that it foregoes the magical in exchange for the realistic and historical, however for Studio Ghibli as a whole, this is nothing new. Studio Ghibli has never shied away from delivering tragic, moving films, and for proof you need look no further than their revered Grave of the Fireflies. However, that tradition of realism has continued, and this year they’ve given us From Up on Poppy Hill, a more lighthearted tale rooted in the real world circa post-World War II, but one that still packs an emotional punch while maintaining its appeal for audiences of all ages. »
- Lex Walker
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 19 Aug 2013 - 06:31
Flying scenes are a staple of Studio Ghibli's feature films. Ryan provides a run-down of some of the most spectacular...
There are certain themes that are so prevalent in the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, they've almost become trademarks: the tenacious heroine on the cusp of adulthood. A fascination with animals, countryside and nature. Flying is another staple of the studio's animation - and Miyazaki's interest in aviation is unsurprising when you consider his family history.
Both Miyazaki's father and uncle were involved in the aviation industry, and made parts for the Mitsubishi Zero fighter - one of the most capable flying machines in the Second World War. The young Hayao Miyazaki's love of aeroplanes never left him, and along with his other childhood interests and experiences, would go on to inform the films he'd make as an adult.
Master animation craftsman Hayao Miyazaki can usually be found making lyrical, fantastical films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. For his latest release, however, he’s dipping into history, which previously proved fruitful ground for the heartbreaking Grave Of The Fireflies. The result is The Wind Rises, which is already big at the Japanese box office and which will premiere across the pond at the Toronto International Film Festival. Now there's a subtitled (and reasonably spoiler-filled, it looks like) trailer. The Wind Rises spins two true stories together: that of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one the most beautiful airplanes in history – the famed Zero fighter – and the poet Tatsuo Hori.But simply because the film tackles real-life issues such as war, loss, suffering and romance, don’t go thinking it won’t be shot through with the typically beautiful Studio Ghibli style and entrancing animation. Though the trailer »
Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises has held on to the top slot at Japan's box office for the past four weeks, and it will soon begin a tour on the festival circuit by playing at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie centers on Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II. However, a new subtitled trailer shows the film goes much further than Horikoshi's creation, and examines the Japan's turbulent first half of the 20th century as the country struggled through an earthquake and economic fallout. Judging by the trailer, the film looks beautiful but also quite melancholy, and I was reminded of the powerful and incredibly sad Grave of the Fireflies (which coincidentally also comes from Studio Ghibli). Hit the jump for the trailer and more on the controversy Miyazaki's film has generated. »
- Matt Goldberg
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