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Studio Ghibli Season – My Neighbor Totoro

17 April 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As part of the BFI’s Studio Ghibli Season, Simon Columb reviews My Neighbor Totoro

Totoro is the symbol of Studio Ghibli. The smiley, grey beast began life as part of a double-bill with Grave of the Fireflies because financiers didn’t believe My Neighbor Totoro alone would make money. By screening the cute and cuddly My Neighbor Totoro with the harrowing, deeply moving Grave of the Fireflies, the assumption was it was bound to succeed (despite the jarring tone of each tale). Following the release, the films were initially only mildly successful – critically acclaimed maybe, but not enough to financially secure the studio. What ensured the longevity and creative freedom of the studio was exceptionally successful merchandising from the characters created in My Neighbor Totoro (and, over time, the steadily-growing audience of each film).

The story itself is relatively simple. A father and his two daughters move to rural Japan, »

- Simon Columb

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Studio Ghibli Season – Grave of the Fireflies

15 April 2014 3:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As part of the BFI’s Studio Ghibli Season, Simon Columb reviews Grave of the Fireflies

A Studio Ghibli season at the BFI has highlighted the very best of Japanese animation. We can define the cuddly Totoro or fantastical world of Princess Mononoke as what Studio Ghibli stands for – but Grave of the Fireflies proves otherwise. In fact, Isao Takahata’s 1988 film(released alongside My Neighbour Totoro) is a sobering, heart-breaking tale of those final years in Japan at the end of World War II, told through the eyes of two children, Seita and Setsuko. Grave of the Fireflies may be one of the most impressive, and surely ground-breaking, animations from the studio and challenges Disney – and western animators – to make such mature, intelligent and brutal films for a young audience.

Based on a novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, it is semi-autobiographical as he himself survived the fire-bombings of Japan while his sister died of malnutrition. »

- Simon Columb

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Anime Giveaway – Win Studio Ghibli’s Pom Poko on Blu-ray Double Play

11 April 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Studio Ghibli’s Pom Poko – out on Blu-ray Double Play for the first time on April 14th – we’ve teamed up with the lovely folk at StudioCanal to offer three lucky readers the chance to get their hands on this anime classic.

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…

From the acclaimed director of Grave Of The Fireflies and available for the first time on Blu-ray in stunning high-definition, Pom Poko is a unique window into Japanese folklore, a comedy of modern failings, and an elegiac tale of unlikely heroes fighting insurmountable odds.

To be in with a chance of winning, firstly make sure you like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter)…

…Then complete your details below, using the subject heading “Pom Poko”. The competition closes at midnight on Saturday, April 26th. UK entrants only please.

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Film Review: ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’

21 March 2014 7:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An animated interpretation of “Taketori monogatari,” the 10th-century Japanese tale of a damsel who came to Earth from the moon, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” is a visionary tour de force, morphing from a childlike gambol into a sophisticated allegory on the folly of materialism and the evanescence of beauty. Inspired by Eastern brush painting, this ethereal new feature from 78-year-old helmer Isao Takahata takes hand-drawn animation to new heights of fluidity. Studio Ghibli’s second release of the year has struck B.O. gold, earning roughly $22.7 million to date; at 137 minutes, it’s a bit taxing for tykes, but should get glowing reviews from anime fans upon its slated U.S. bow this year through GKids.

Eight years in the making and with a budget of roughly $49 million, Takahata’s pet project actually dates back to 55 years ago, when he assisted helmer Tomu Uchida in an eventually aborted attempt »

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Gkids to Distribute Studio Ghibli's Princess Kaguya

19 March 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Gkids continues to build their relationship with Japan's Studio Ghibli with the announcement that they will be handling North American distribution for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya , the latest from the studio's cofounder Isao Takahata ( Grave of the Fireflies ), his first animated feature film as a director in 14 years. Last year, Gkids distributed Studio Ghibli's From Up on Poppy Hill and they also handle the North American distribution for the studio's library of films including Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke as well as Takahata's acclaimed earlier film. Gkids plans on releasing Takahata's film in the Fall with a full campaign for awards, and Studio Ghibli is currently working on an English-dubbed version of the film with Frank Marshall »

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Gkids Nab Another Ghibli with Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

12 March 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s been far too long since legendary animator Isao Takahata sat at the helm of a feature length picture. Fourteen years since My Neighbors the Yamadas hit theaters, Hayao Miyazaki’s partner and co-founder of Studio Ghibli had his long awaited follow-up, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, premiere in Japan back in November of last year to critical claim and awe at the stylistic deviance from Ghibli’s normative in-house aesthetic. Today, Gkids announced that they will be handling all theatrical and home release North American distribution rights for the English version of the film, which is being produced by Studio Ghibli and Geoffrey Wexler, with Frank Marshall of Kennedy/Marshall Executive Producing, the same team who dubbed both The Wind Rises and From Up On Poppy Hill. Gkids is planning for a late 2014 theatrical release, just in time for awards season submissions.

Gist: Blending the loose visual »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Review: The Wind Rises Flies Into Fantasy, While Bound To Reality

20 February 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Anticipation levels are always high with the release of a new Studio Ghibili movie, and even higher when the director and writer is the father of the company and man behind its best works, Miyazaki Hayao. While Miyazaki's previous two works, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo contained fantastical elements and were based on stories for children, The Wind Rises (aka Kaze Tachinu) is a fictionalized biography of engineer Horikoshi Jiro, who designed the Zero fighter aircraft, which was devastatingly effective in the early days of World War Two. As a result of its 1920's/30's real world setting and overtones of the coming war it is stylistically reminiscent of Takahata Isao's Grave of the Fireflies, though it's not quite as harrowing as that masterpiece. The film...

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The top 22 haunting endings to modern movies

14 February 2014 5:57 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 17 Feb 2014 - 06:24

Whether they're bleak, shocking or sad, the endings to these 22 movies have haunted us for years...

Warning: There are spoilers to the endings for every film we talk about in this article. So if you don't want to know an ending for a film, then don't read that entry.

It's probably best to start by talking about what this article isn't. It's not a list of the best movie endings, the best twists, the most depressing endings or anything like that. Instead, we're focusing here on the endings that seeped into our brain and stayed there for some time after we'd seen the film. The endings that provoke in an interesting way, and haunt you for days afterwards.

As such, whilst not every ending we're going to talk about here is a flat out classic - although lots of them are »

- ryanlambie

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Ghibli Retrospective: The Secret World Of Arrietty

12 January 2014 9:02 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Willem (age 10) and Miranda (age 9) put a capstone on their extended marathon of Studio Ghibli viewing. After taking both the heaviest Studio Ghibli film, Grave of the Fireflies, and the lightest entry, The Cat Returns, they end the 15 film marathon with The Secret World Of Arrietty. The 2010 film is one of the studio's most recent films, directed by Yonebayashi Hiromasa, vividly adapted by Miyazaki Hayao from Mary Norton's series of novels, The Borrowers. The kids talk about the eponymous heroine's relationship with her parents, the proximity of the 'tiny' family to the human 'beens' who live above them, as well as the all encompassing natural world which threatens to engulf them. Lastly, they marvel at the small-scale physics realized by the animation house...

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Ghibli Retrospective: The Kids Talk The Cat Returns

2 January 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Willem (age 10) and Miranda (now age 9) are spending time with the work of Takahata Isao, for this second Studio Ghibli marathon on the big screen. After taking in the heaviest Studio Ghibli film last week, Grave of the Fireflies, they sit back, relax and have a lot of fun with perhaps the airiest, most trivial film the studio has made, The Cat Retuns - Morita Hiroyuki's loose spin off of the Baron character from Whisper of the Heart.  Twitch is certainly not the youngest of movie websites, and a several writers have children who are old enough to understand and consume media in a way that is raw and fresh, but also with the inklings of consideration. In short, this is the age where many...

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