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Song of the Sea | 2014 Tiff Review

16 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Of Myth and Men: Moore Dons Skin of the Irish Selkies To Craft Stunning Children’s Tale of Family Heritage

You can probably count the number of independent animation studios still making successful culturally specific feature films on a pair of hands, and Studio Ghibli, Aardman Animations, and the Irish production company Cartoon Saloon can be tallied among them. Melding Irish myth with a wash of cinematic reference points that pay homage and inspire in equal measure, director Tomm Moore and his army of inventive artists and animators at Cartoon Saloon have crafted a wonderously imaginative film in Song of the Sea, which lifts from folk stories of the legendary ‘selkies’ that live as humans on land and seals at sea to form a sensorially stunning commentary on the importance of storytelling and unified kinship.

Much like the devastating prologue of Up or the moment of heartbreaking truth in Bambi, »

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’

4 September 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Magic happens here, and though Mami Sunada isn’t the first documentary filmmaker permitted to observe toon maestro Hayao Miyazaki in his creative element (the others have been for TV or homevideo bonus features), she couldn’t have picked a better time: GKids-acquired “Kingdom of Dreams and Magic” observes the making of Miya-san’s final feature, “The Wind Rises,” while elsewhere in the studio, business partner and friendly rival Isao Takahata, struggles to complete his own career capper, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.”

Though suitable for audiences of all ages, Sunada’s “Kingdom” isn’t so different from the merchandising coming out of Ghibli these days: Yes, kids will be interested, but it’s really aimed at the adult fans. Not until the film’s last 10 minutes, and even then for no more than 40 seconds, does she insert footage from Miyazaki’s incredible oeuvre — a filmography that includes “Spirited Away, »

- Peter Debruge

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Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki to receive honorary Oscar

1 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Spoiler alert! According to the Wall Street Journal, legendary Japanese filmmaker and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki will receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in November.

This will mark the second Oscar on Miyazaki’s mantle, the first of which was for his 2001 film Spirited Away, which took home Best Animated Feature Film. Here’s an official statement from the Academy about Miyazaki’s award:

“Miyazaki is an artist, writer, director, producer and three-time Oscar nominee in the Animated Feature Film category, winning in 2002 for Spirited Away. His other nominations were for Howl’s Moving Castle in 2005 and The Wind Rises last year. Miyazaki gained an enormous following in his native Japan for such features as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the SkyMy Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service before breaking out internationally in the late 1990s with Princess Mononoke. »

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Master Animator Hayao Miyazaki To Receive Honorary Oscar

30 August 2014 5:24 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The recently retired Studio Ghibli founder and animation prodigy Hayao Miyazaki, is reported to be receive the honorary award at the sixth annual Governors Awards, on the 8th November 2014.  

Arguably the most respected animator in Japan, Miyazaki broke the hearts of adoring fans as he announced his retirement from the industry last Spetember. At the age of 73, you have to give the guy some credit for his decision as he has been working tirelessly since founding Studio Ghibli in 1985. During that time he has given us amazing films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’S Moving Castle. 

Other recipients to gain an award this year alongside Miyazaki are French Screenwriter, Jean-Claude Carriere and singer Harry Balafonte, whose music has featured in Beetlejuice. 

Source: WallStreetJournal »

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Academy's Special 2014 Honorees: Veterans Belafonte, Carrière, Miyazaki and - Finally - O'Hara

29 August 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O’Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte

One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »

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Hayao Miyazaki to receive an honorary Oscar

28 August 2014 11:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The now retired Studio Ghibli founder and animation genius Hayao Miyazaki is to receive an honorary gong at this year's Academy Awards...

Arguably the most respected animator in Japan, Hayao Miyazaki broke the hearts of millions when he announced his retirement in September last year. Then again, he surely deserves a rest: following the founding of Studio Ghibli in 1985, Miyazaki-san worked tirelessly (perhaps even obsessively) on his films, creating such masterpieces as Laputa: Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke.

Three of Miyazaki's films received deserved attention at the Oscars:  Spirited Away won Best Animated Feature in 2002, while Howl's Moving Castle and last year's The Wind Rises - the director's swansong - were both nominated for the same award.

It's now been revealed that Miyazaki will receive an honorary Oscar at the sixth annual Governors Awards on the 8th November - a fitting tribute to a lifetime of exceptional, »

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Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki, Maureen O’Hara & Harry Belafonte To Receive 2014 Governors Awards

28 August 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte.

All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”

Carrière, who began his career as a novelist, was introduced to screenwriting by French comedian and filmmaker Pierre Étaix, with whom he shared an Oscar for the live action short subject “Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)” in 1962. He »

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Academy taps Carrière, Miyazaki, O'Hara and Belafonte for Honorary Oscars

28 August 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced recipients of the 2014 Honorary Oscars, to be presented at the annual Governors Awards ceremony in November. Writer and actor Jean-Claude Carrière ("The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"), Japanese animation titan Hayao Miyazaki ("My Neighbor Totoro," "Spirited Away") and actress Maureen O'Hara ("The Parent Trap," "The Quiet Man") will receive Honorary Awards, while, singer/songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte will receive the organization's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Carrière, a frequent collaborator with Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, has been nominated by the Academy as a screenwriter on three occasions. He won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short alongside comedian Pierre Étaix for 1963's "Happy Anniversary." He has also collaborated with filmmakers such as Andrzej Wajda ("Danton"), Jean-Luc Godard ("Every Man for Himself") and one of this year's Telluride tributees, Volker Schlöndorff ("The Tin Drum"). Miyazaki, »

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Academy Unveils 2014 Governors Awards: Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki, Maureen O’Hara

28 August 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Harry Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara will receive Honorary Awards at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards November 8 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The Academy’s Board of Governors did not award the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is given out periodically. The last recipient was Francis Ford Coppola in 2010. Deadline’s Pete Hammond will give his take later today. The full release follows:

Los Angeles, CA —The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

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Studio Ghibli's The Tale Of Princess Kaguya: English trailer

20 August 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The first English trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest feature, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya has arrived. Feast your eyes within...

The future of Japan's premier animation house Studio Ghibli seems to be uncertain of late, at least if recent rumours are anything to go by. But there are still a couple of films for us to look out for in the west: last month saw the Japanese release of When Marnie Was There - Hiromasa Yonebayashi's supernatural drama - a feature which probably won't reach us until next year.

Before that, there's The Tale Of Princess Kaguya. Directed by Isao Takahata (Grave Of The Fireflies, Pom Poko), it's an adaptation of an ancient Japanese folk tale, rendered in a shimmering style akin to a living watercolour. Originally intended to be released as a double-bill with Hayao Miyazaki's swansong, The Wind Rises - just as Grave Of The Fireflies »

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English-language trailer for Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya

18 August 2014 11:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its U.S. release in October, distributors Gkids has released an English-language trailer for The Tale of Princess Kaguya, the latest film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, and his first for fourteen years. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of »

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Watch the stunning trailer for Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya'

18 August 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In 1988, Studio Ghibli co-founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki released their films—Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro, respectively—simultaneously in theaters. A couple of decades later, they planned to release their final films in the same format. Miyazaki’s movie, The Wind Rises, premiered in Japan last year, and received an Oscar nomination. But Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya wasn’t ready in time for the planned joint release.

The movie ended up premiering at the Cannes film festival this year, and it’ll get a stateside release this fall. The Tale of Princess Kaguya »

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U.S. Trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale Of Princess Kaguya

18 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Studio Ghibli has released the first U.S. trailer for their upcoming new animated feature The Tale of Princess Kaguya. This animation style looks very different and unique from anything that we've seen from the studio before, and it's absolutely stunning! Just watch the trailer and experience it for yourself.

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping »

- Joey Paur

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Trailer for Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya'

18 August 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The domestic trailer for Studio Ghibli's newest film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya has been released as GKids will be handling U.S. distribution with an October 17 release date already set. Directed by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) the English-language version features the voice work of Chloe Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain. Just below is the trailer (via Slashfilm) along with the official synopsis. sb id="977183" height="360" width="640" Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan's most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloe Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter »

- Brad Brevet

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Studio Ghibli to take a break from production

4 August 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Studio Ghibli, Japan’s most famous animation studio, responsible for hits such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, has announced plans to put film production on hold, though it is not closing its doors—despite reports to the contrary.

In an interview with Japanese TV program Jounetsu Tairiku Sunday night, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki commented on plans to restructure the production company. Stills from Suzuki’s interview, as noted in Kotaku, were initially posted without translation on a Ghibli fan Tumblr under a heading which implied that the studio had plans to close permanently.

As Kotaku and other reports have made clear, »

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Studio Ghibli is taking a break

4 August 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. The story over the weekend as far as popcorn movies go might have been the monstrous over-performance of Guardians of the Galaxy, but for those of us who like a little more personal artistry and a little less big-budget sizzle out of our movies, Sunday's biggest news was the apparent revelation by Toshio Suzuki, general manager of Japan's Studio Ghibli, that the company is ceasing to produce animated films.

Or maybe not. The internet, in its glorious need for news, News, News, has perhaps jumped the gun on some ambiguous words that have slightly different weight in Japanese than in English. They're merely talking about restructuring and re-evaluating their business and production strategies in the wake of Hayao Miyazaki's retirement. That certainly could mean that they're going to close; it doesn't mean they've closed yet (though that "yet" might well be nothing but diplomacy talking). What is »

- Tim Brayton

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Studio Ghibli to scale back production

4 August 2014 4:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Japanese animation producer to scale back following retirement of Hayao Miyazaki.

Studio Ghibli, the Japanese studio behind animation classics My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away, is considering taking a break in production to consider its future.

In a documentary broadcast in Japan last night, long-standing Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki discussed “big changes in all aspects of our operations,” and the possibility of a “short break” in production to evaluate the studio’s future.

Social networks were buzzing last night over the “closure” of the studio. But the rumours were the result of poor translation from the documentary.

The scale back in production has been expected following the retirement of co-founder Hayao Miyazaki last September last year.

His final film, The Wind Rises, took nearly $120m at the box office but Studio Ghibli’s latest feature - Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s When Marnie Was There – looks set to take around $36m. »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Studio Ghibli Shutting Down?

4 August 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Studio Ghibli

Everybody was thrown into a tizzy more traumatising even than Grave Of The Fireflies (well, maybe not quite) yesterday as the rumours of cinematic animation maestros Studio Ghibli’s demise seemed to be all-but-confirmed during a documentary on Japanese television. The makers of such modern cartoon classics as Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro looked to be closing down for the foreseeable future, going out on a high and continuing on solely as a small office that would handle all the merchandising and intellectual property business. Which, it turns out, was only half-true.

Yes, rumours of Ghibli’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. You can’t blame people for being worried, mind; the studio’s most celebrated director, Hayao Miyazaki, announced his retirement after last year’s The Wind Also Rises, which already put people in doubt as to whether the company would continue. When a loosely-translated version »

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Studio Ghibli Is Not Closing, Despite Rumors

3 August 2014 9:55 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The rumors cycled through the weekend and dismayed all of us. The word was that Studio Ghibli was dead, finally fallen victim to an indifferent public and slowly-diminished global interest in hand-drawn animation. Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from directing was hard enough . how would fans react to the loss of the studio who brought us My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and the recent Oscar nominee The Wind Rises? Fortunately, reports of Studio Ghibli's death have been premature. Slashfilm has dug up a report from the Anime News Network correctly deciphering a message from Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli. What caused the rumors were Suzuki's words about the production side of Studio Ghibli, which would undergo a "restructuring" or "housecleaning" for the next generation of animators. Said Suzuki, "On what to do with Studio Ghibli's future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever. However, we »

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Studio Ghibi Ceases Animation Production But is Not Disbanding

3 August 2014 7:36 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

In a recent interview reported on the Mbs-Japan TV program, Jounetsu Tairiku, Studio Ghibi general manager Toshio Suzuki says he was ceasing production of the animated films and was considering the option of disbanding the entire department.

Many news sources and Internet blogs interpreted the announcement to say the house that Miyazaki built is shutting its doors permanently. In reality, the senior staff had decided to suspend production of any more feature films until they can decide what direction to best take the company.

The anime news website Kotaku was able to confirm the real information by taking actual screen grabs of the interview from another source and translating character for character the actual quotes. You can check out the full article here.

Tairiku basically stated that Miyazaki's departure was not a seamless as everyone was led to believe. In fact, the last film Miyazaki himself worked on, The Wind Rises, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jonathan M Cook)

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