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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
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, »
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 […] »
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 »
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
Studio Ghibli is at a real crossroads in its history. The legendary Japanese animation studio has become a respected name even in the West, thanks to a string of classics that trump even Pixar, but last year, the legendary Hayao Miyazaki debuted "The Wind Rises," the film he claims will be his final one (and certainly feels like it's putting a period at the end of a career). The better news is that Miyazaki's Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, the sort of George Harrison to Miyazaki's Lennon & McCartney, and director of the astonishing "Grave Of The Fireflies," has returned with "The Tale Of Princess Kaguya," his first film since "My Neighbors The Yamadas" in 1999. Given that he's 78, and not hugely prolific, it's possible that this turns out to be Takahata's final film too, and if that's the case, it's just as fitting a finale as "The Wind Rises" was. In fact, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Rather than the bold and bright animation of Pom Poko, Isao Takahata’s My Neighbours the Yamadas is a collection of short stories celebrating family. Indeed, the anime style of Studio Ghibli is considered a defining element of the studio itself. The watercolour, pastel-coloured animation of My Neighbours the Yamadas combined with the flippant, YouTube-like length of each episode, separates this film from the others.
We observe the trials and tribulations of the small Yamada family. Mum, Dad, teenage son, a (roughly 5 years old?) young daughter and Grandma. Stories range from family-engagements as they return from shopping realising they’ve lost the daughter to duo-plays between Father and Son, or Mother and Grandmother. There is no narrative that runs throughout the entire film and, between the larger-scale bookends of the film (a toboggan race »
- Simon Columb
Very rarely is it possible to witness the end of an era in the film-making world. But through the brilliant new animation The Wind Rises, we can see the final chapter in the career of legend Hayao Miyazaki. For those unfamiliar with the name, Miyazaki is considered one of the greats of the animation world, ranked amongst Walt Disney in terms of influence and ability. The Japanese animator and director is co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the production company behind the charming My Neighbour Totoro, the haunting Grave of the Fireflies, and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away among many others.
Each of Miyazaki’s creations are spellbinding masterpieces of rich illustrations, engaging stories and memorable characters. However, the release of The Wind Rises sees Miyazaki call it a day as he retires from Studio Ghibli, albeit with a typical flourish of imaginative splendour. Put simply, The Wind Rises is one of Miyazaki’s definitive works, »
- Jon Lovatt
“Testicles play an important role in tanuki mythology” writes Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc when discussing Pom Poko. Directed by Isao Takahata, this is a far call from the deeply serious war story of Grave of the Fireflies. Rather than humans, Pom Poko tackles morphing racoons. These creatures, along with foxes and cats, have a long history in Japan whereby they’re playful, mischievous transformations is merely one trick, alongside their ability to expand their balls into enormous parachutes or rugs to sit upon. Studio Ghibli always manages to inform us of the fascinating stories embedded in Japanese culture – but, until a tanuki (the accurate name for these magical racoons) reveals that his entire tanuki-class is sitting on an outstretched scrotum, you never realise how culturally different it truly is.
That’s not to say »
- Simon Columb
With The Wind Rises out in the UK now, James salutes the work of its legendary animator, Hayao Miyazaki...
The Wind Rises gets its UK release this week, and that's very good news for those of us who've been waiting patiently for Hayao Miyazaki's new movie. Studio Ghibli's latest - a fictionalised biopic of the aircraft engineer and designer Jiro Horikoshi - came out last July in its native Japan. Now, finally, we arrive at the point where we can see the acclaimed anime feature though, indubitably, the experience will be a bittersweet one.
After this one there will be no new Miyazaki films. The man responsible for such cinematic masterpieces as My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away announced his retirement from moviemaking last autumn. Though the animation auteur has made similar statements in the past and subsequently returned to direct again, it appears that »
First created as a Japanese manga series in the late 1960s, the "Lupin III" comics followed the world's greatest thief known for announcing his intentions to steal valuable objects by sending a calling card to the owners of his desired items.
The property went on to spawn a franchise including numerous television series, animated and live-action features, CDs, video games, even a musical. Most famously, Studio Ghibli founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata were involved in both writing and directing the TV series and film adaptations before they turned to their own films like "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" and "Grave of the Fireflies".
Now, forty years after the last live-action feature, a new live-action adaptation is scheduled to premiere in August starring Shun Oguri as the character. The first trailer for that film has gone online below:
- Garth Franklin
News Den Of Geek 25 Apr 2014 - 09:00
We're putting on a double bill of Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises and one other Ghibli film - and we need your votes!
If you cast your mind back earlier in the year, we started courting your views for a special Studio Ghibli screening night. The idea was that you'd get to choose which film we put back on the big screen at the end of it all. Lots of you expressed interested.
So many, in fact, that things have moved on a little. Because on Thursday 8th May in London, we're having a very special Studio Ghibli evening. Not only will we screen the Ghibli film that is chosen in our vote, but we will follow it up with a special screening of Hayao Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises, which is released in the UK the day after.
Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21
From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...
Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.
When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.
The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »
Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” two well-received American dramas that world premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival, are among the 19 features set to screen in the 46th annual Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at Cannes.
Selected by delegate general Edouard Waintrop in his third year at the helm, the Fortnight, a long-running parallel program to the official selection, will also fly the U.S. flag with the world premiere of Frederick Wiseman’s documentary “National Gallery,” a portrait of the London museum’s day-to-day operations, and a special screening of Tobe Hooper’s original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” in a newly restored version.
As the winner of both the grand jury prize and the audience award in Sundance’s U.S. dramatic competition (where it was snapped up by Sony Classics), “Whiplash” had been widely expected to receive the Un Certain Regard berth typically reserved »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
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
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
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.
By entering this »
- Gary Collinson
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 »
- Maggie Lee
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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