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There’s something uniquely pure about watching My Neighbor Totoro on Blu-ray 25 years after its initial release. This was the first Japanese-based film from famed writer/director Hayao Miyazaki. He wanted to show audiences and production houses that movies didn’t need violence to succeed. It was an idealistic concept from Studio Ghibli, a company still in its infancy when My Neighbor Totoro was developed. Although the film is not ranked as high as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, the beauty and innocence of Japan was forever immortalized in Totoro.
My Neighbor Totoro starts off when Tatsuo Kusukabe moves his two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, to the countryside to be closer to their mother, who is suffering from a long-term illness. The story doesn’t have an over-arching plot. There are no villains to face or super cure to be found. It’s merely about life. Two city girls discover the wonders of the country. »
- Bags Hooper
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Award-winning Irish director Tomm Moore unveiled extensive footage from his upcoming feature Song of the Sea at a Work in Progress session of the Annecy Animation Film Festival on Friday (June 14).
Like Moore’s previous film - Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells - the picture takes inspiration from Irish folklore, centring on the legend of the Selkies, mythological creatures that are part seal, part human.
The storyline revolves around brother and sister Ben and Saoirse, who are forced to leave their coastal home to live with their grandmother in the city following their mother’s mysterious disappearance.
When they decide to runaway and return home by sea, the voyage takes an unexpected turn - leading them into a fantastical marine world - where it becomes clear there is more to Ben’s silent sister Saoirse than meets the eye.
The $7.5m (€5.6m) film is a five-way co-production between »
Annecy — In a first ever extended presentation to an audience outside DreamWorks Animation, writer-director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold lifted the lid Tuesday on one of Dwa’s most anticipated movies, “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
The presentation, delivered at an Annecy festival Work in Progress session, included three clips, plus images and behind-the-scenes commentaries from DeBlois and Arnold.
Neither gave away the pic’s plot, but the footage and explanations, which were received with jubilant applause by an audience of animation industry pros, toon fanboys and film school students, served to suggest directions “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which bows June 2014, will be taking.
The pic is a fantasy action adventure with a balance of fun and comedy, DeBlois told Variety after Tuesday’s Work in Progress.
DeBlois will also pen and helm “How to Train Your Dragon 3.”
Per DeBlois, who co-directed the franchise’s first part with »
- John Hopewell
It’s no secret that sitting down and watching something with young children can be very hard. Children can get really scared easily. You have to be careful what you show to a child if you don’t want his or her crying to wake you up in the middle of the night. And what may be worse, children don’t really want to watch stuff that is too complex. They get bored very fast. Choosing a movie that won’t scare them and that will entertain you isn’t easy. So hopefully, this list will come in handy next time you want to watch something with your child.
10. Robin Hood (1973)
Most people regard this as one of Disney’s weakest and least memorable movies. Not only is it an incredibly child-friendly tale that recasts Robin Hood and the characters from the Sherwood Forest as different animals, but it is also quite funny, »
- Conrado Falco
Title: My Neighbor Totoro Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki Starring: (voices) Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly, Pat Carroll, Frank Welker, Lea Salonga Running time: 88 minutes, Rated G, Available on DVD Special features: (only on Blue-ray disc) Original Japanese Storyboards; Original Japanese Trailer; Behind the Microphone; Behind the Studio (includes 6 featurettes). Disney Studios has released the 25th Anniversary version of the acclaimed anime My Neighbor Totoro. The story of a father Professor Kusakabe and his two daughters, older daughter Satsuki and four-year-old Mei as they move into a new house in the country to be closer to his wife whom is in the hospital. The two little girls discover [ Read More ]
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Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Howl's Moving Castle" are now available on Blu-ray for the first time. Below, our Toh! ranking of the Top Ten Studio Ghibli films (hint: "Totoro" and "Howl's" make the list). As John Lasseter has been called America's new Walt Disney, so is Miyazaki known as the Disney of Japan. Miyazaki and Lasseter share something rare: they are filmmakers in charge of animation giants in their respective countries, Studio Ghibli and Disney Animation/Pixar. The two men are mutual fans and friends, going back to Miyazaki's visit in the 80s to the U.S. around the time of the now classic "My Neighbor Totoro." Where Lasseter has developed a strong collaborative ethic at Pixar, he reveres Miyazaki for dreaming up his stories and drawing much of the storyboards and characters himself. At Comic-Con in 2009, Miyazaki told the crowd the secret behind his artistry: "My process is thinking, »
In Reader Spotlight we get to know The Film Experience community one by one. It's taking forever for which you know I'm grateful. Today we're talking to Grace in Toronto.
Nathaniel: Hi Grace. Why do you read The Film Experience?
Grace: I originally read it for your Oscar predictions, but I got hooked on the thoughts and insights in your movie reviews - and actressexuality! It's a little Ebert-esque, but love or hate a movie, you have an undercurrent of overall admiration and appreciation for the medium that keeps me coming back.
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Grace: E.T. I'm so blood/gore-averse that I distinctly remember hiding my face behind my hands when Elliot cut his finger on the circular saw. And wanting a flying bicycle.
- NATHANIEL R
Hayao Miyazaki is one of the greatest animators in the world. The Japanese born artist has forged a successful 50 year career, starting from jobbing artist, to co-founding Studio Ghibli. Often referred to as the Walt Disney of Japan (which he hates) his films enrapture audiences.
Studio Ghibli since its formation has produced an array of truly dazzling films, and their big boss himself has directed a lot of the most memorable entries. Just re-released in cinemas coincidentally, to celebrate its 25 year anniversary is Grave of the Fireflies (not one of Miyazaki’s), which is an absolute must see.
Miyazaki’s films often feature fantastical plots, compelling characters and always feature achingly beautiful animation. Common themes include the conflict between man and nature, the environment, spirituality and childhood. The most common aspect of all of his work is to sweep the »
- Flickering Myth
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This deeply moving animated movie from Japan's Studio Ghibli is being rereleased (along with My Neighbour Totoro) to mark its 25th anniversary. It's set in the last year of the second world war in a suburb of Tokyo devastated by American fire bombing, leaving the brave teenage Seita to care for his bewildered little sister Setsuko after their mother's death. She's last seen wrapped in blood-stained bandages like a mummy before being cremated. The stylised images suit the simplicity and gravity of a grim story of love, sacrifice and survival in the face of adult indifference and cruelty. It's an accomplished, affecting, relentless work. But seeing The Bridge on the River Kwai on TV a few hours later, I was reminded that there's another side to this story.
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- Philip French
Here we go again, ostensibly for the last time, and if this doesn't capture the magic of the first Hangover it's at least less offensive than the second, which isn't much of a recommendation. An intervention over Alan's mental health and the hunt for Mr Chow is what sets in motion the Wtf escapades and male bonding this time, but it all feels a little forced and familiar. If anything, the "wolf pack" is now too tame.
Something In The Air (15)
Assayas gets beyond the cliches of France's young, post-1968 revolutionaries, »
- Steve Rose
Cannes 2013 is almost over. To celebrate that fact, here's our final Croisette-recorded podcast, which sees a very special guest in the form of newcomer Stevie Wong coming into the Empire fold to talk about the hits (and the misses) of this year's film festival to end all film festivals.Over in London, the reviews team dig into The Hangover Part III, Epic and My Neighbour Totoro, and in the interviews department, Alec Baldwin and James Toback talk about their documentary Seduced And Abandoned and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn shares a few details about his latest, Only God Forgives, alongside his new leading lady, Kristin Scott Thomas.P.S. Don't forget to check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. »
Over the last couple of years, a burgeoning trend within the Walt Disney Company is their ever-growing willingness to buy every remnant of your childhood. A few years ago, Disney officially bought Pixar Animation Studios, and between then and now, Disney became the owners of Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios. If it’s a cinematic touchstone of your childhood, Disney most likely owns it partially or wholly now. For some people, though, Disney working with and distributing outside animated movies goes well beyond Buzz Lightyear, Dory the tang, and Pixar’s other iconic characters. Though the Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli was cranking out classics before Pixar, it’s through Pixar that Ghibli’s films got an even wider international audience.
This week, Disney’s finally releasing two of Ghibli’s most well-known films on Blu-ray for the first time in North America: My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle. »
- Josh Spiegel
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed masterpieces, Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro, Studio Canal are delighted to re-release the films together, in cinemas nationwide on Friday, May 24th. To mark this once in lifetime opportunity we are giving you the chance to win the complete Studio Ghibli DVD collection which includes Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Arrietty and many more!
An arresting combination from Studio Ghibli’s founding fathers: Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro, a lyrical fantasy about benevolent forest spirits, and Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies, the heartbreaking tale of two children’s struggle to survive their firebombed city in World War 2. The films were launched together in 1988, showcasing the breadth of the anime powerhouse’s range of vision. Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro will be released nationwide May 24th.
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UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 17th - Sunday 19th May 2013...
It seems that UK audiences can't get enough of the Fast & Furious series. The sixth instalment amassed a hefty £8,717,534 to claim first place in the box office chart this past weekend, delivering a franchise high opening, as well as giving Universal its biggest ever three-day debut on these shores.
Despite being destroyed by Vin Diesel and company, Baz Luhrmann's lavish adaptation of The Great Gatsby pulled in a respectable £4,095,325 in second, with £676k of Thursday previews giving it enough to knock last week's number one film Star Trek Into Darkness down into third.
Thanks to the arrival of Fast & Furious 6 and The Great Gatsby, much of the rest of the top ten were left fighting for scraps, with Iron Man 3 the only other film to break seven figures in fourth; in fact, »
- Flickering Myth
Genre: Animation | Family | Fantasy
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
MPAA Rating: G
Run Time: 86 minutes
Disney proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of “My Neighbor Totoro,” the acclaimed Studio Ghibli film about the magic of friendship and sisterhood from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, 2002, ”Spirited Away”) – with the film’s Blu-ray debut on May 21, 2013.
Arriving for the first time on Disney Blu-ray with a spectacular new HD digital transfer, perfect picture and sound, the highly-anticipated release of “My Neighbor Totoro” features the fantastic voice talents of Timothy Daly, Lea Salonga and real-life sisters Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning.
Lauded as “one of the most beloved of all family films” by critic Roger Ebert, “My Neighbor Totoro” is the heartwarming story of sisters Satsuki (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and Mei (voiced by Elle Fanning). Much to their delight, when Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei move »
- Jess Orso
Chicago – I usually avoid this kind of hyperbole but I adore the best of Studio Ghibli and know their entire catalog well and so I feel I can say it — “My Neighbor Totoro” is one of the best family films of all time. Hayao Miyazaki’s gentle variation on “Alice in Wonderland,” has everything that we identify with Ghibli, including a respect for nature, magical sense of fantasy, and importance of family.
Available in HD for the first time, “Totoro” is a must-own. While “Howl’s Moving Castle,” also released this week, doesn’t quite stand with the best of Miyazaki (“Totoro,” “Spirited Away,” “Nausicaa,” and “Princess Mononoke,” for the record), it’s still a fun movie and a great fit for HD. It looks beautiful. Miyazaki is timeless and being able to see films as visually stunning as the Ghibli works on Blu-ray is a gift. I wish they were all available. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Feature Ryan Lambie 23 May 2013 - 06:51
When My Neighbor Totoro and Grave Of The Fireflies were released in 1988, their shared billing was born out of convenience. Studio Ghibli, the animation house set up by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata in 1985, had already secured its first success with Laputa: Castle In The Sky (1986), while Miyazaki was well-known for his first animated feature, Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984).
In spite of these successes, the films Miyazaki and Takahata wanted to make next were considered to be financially risky. Miyazaki wanted to create a personal story about two children meeting a woodland monster in the Japanese countryside, while Takahata wanted to adapt Akiyuki Nosaka's Grave Of The Fireflies, a semi-autobiographical novel about two young children struggling for survival following the firebombing of Kobe in World War II. »
★★★★★ If there's one studio reboot that seems immune to criticism (and today, we're lumped with about ten per week) it's Japanese animation guru Hayao Miyazaki's heartwarming My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro, 1988). Partially, its success is all in the timing: in the 1970s, animé was moulded for television, therefore slight, local and far from spectacular. Miyazaki took off in a different direction, angling for a new feature film audience and an international one at that - both of which he earned after exploding the commercial market with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika, 1984).
Set in rural Japan, 1958, Totoro follows two young girls, Mei and Satsuki, as they relocate to the country to be closer to their hospitalised mother (a throwback to Miyazaki's own childhood). Curiously, the girls encounter Totoro, a lovably owlish creature who leads them on fantastical adventures through the forest, providing »
- CineVue UK
Moviefone's New Release of the Week “Side Effects” What's it about? Side effects may occur in this psychological thriller about a new prescription drug gone awry starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Why we're In: This film manages to bring sexy and scary into balance, and the cast is a winning combination. Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week “My Neighbor Totoro” What's it about? A classic animated film about two Japanese girls who meet a furry forest sprite, created by acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and featuring voice performances by young Dakota Fanning and her little sister Elle Fanning. Why we're In: “Totoro” is a beloved classic, and we're glad to see it being brought to life once again in Blu-ray. New on DVD & Blu-ray “The Last Stand” What's it about? Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Los Angeles cop-turned-border town sherriff in this shoot-‘em-up, action-packed movie. Johnny Knoxville provides the yucks. »
- Natasha Young
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Studio Ghibli's 1988 classics My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies, Studio Canal has announced that UK fans will be able to experience a recreation of the original Japanese double-bill feature with the two anime masterpieces set to receive a nationwide theatrical release this month.
"While their mother recovers from an illness, Satsuki and her little sister Mei get away from it all in an idyllic rural retreat. Far from the bustle of the city, they discover a mysterious place of spirits and magic, and the friendship of the Totoro woodland creatures. Conceived as a family film devoid of conflict and suffused with the joy of country living, My Neighbour Totoro is a masterpiece for the whole family, uniting the unique vision of Hayao Miyazaki with a feel-good tale of childlike wonder and true originality."
"Set in Japan during World War II, »
- Flickering Myth
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