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Song Of The Sea: how an animated treat was made

3 July 2015 3:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We look at how director Tomm Moore created the Oscar-nominated animation Song Of The Sea, and how the Irish landscape inspired it...

Walking along Ventry beach in south west island, it's easy to see how a filmmaker might be inspired by the spectacular landscape: the rolling hills and craggy rocks, the overwhelming air of tranquillity. But the inspiration for animator Tomm Moore's new film, the Oscar-nominated Song Of The Sea, was inspired by a less than tranquil experience.

About a decade ago, Moore was staying on holiday in the nearby town of Dingle, and visited Ventry beach with his 10-year-old son. To their horror, they found the beach littered with the bodies of dead grey seals. Reports at the time suggested that local fishermen, who blamed the seals for dwindling fish stocks, were responsible for the cull.

"I was talking to a local lady, and we were disturbed by »

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‘Inside Out’, and why animation isn’t just kids stuff

24 June 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Don’t you even dare call it a “kid’s movie.”

Animation has been around for a while now, starting with silent experiments such as Gertie the Dinosaur, followed by the more traditional Disney fare such as Snow White or Cinderella, and becoming more modern with another round of Disney hits like The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast but also with a touch of the outside thanks to Japanese imports like My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away.

But time and time again, the medium is relegated to kids duty. Like being sent to the smaller table at Thanksgiving dinner.

Brad Bird, director of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, said it best when he referred to animation as a medium rather than a genre. Let’s define genre real quickly: “a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form.”

So that doesn’t confine animation; instead, »

- Zach Dennis

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‘The Cat Returns’ is a fun ride in HD

15 June 2015 8:35 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

When American anime lovers think of Studio Ghibli, the name Hayao Miyazaki immediately comes to mind. Fans embrace the imaginative writing and direction he’s brought to films like Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. However, Miyazaki isn’t the only director to have helped build the Ghibli name.

Hiroyuki Morita is the director who brought The Cat Returns to life. Just like most Studio Ghibli films, The Cat Returns sneaks in its fair share of parables and commentaries on the human condition, while simultaneously transporting us to a wacky and outlandish world. However, this one-note film is a little on the tame side when it comes to character depth and Ghibli oddities. While there are moments of chaos, this animated film has a more happy-go-lucky feel to it, much like big brother Totoro. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

The Cat Returns introduces us to Haru, »

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Sketchy Episode 173 – ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

31 May 2015 7:56 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We finish our double feature with the 1988 Studio Ghibli film “My Neighbor Totoro” by Hayao Miyazaki, the fun contrast to last week’s film “Grave of the Fireflies.” The recognizable “Totoro” serves as Studio Ghibli’s mascot, akin to Mickey Mouse and Disney. So, even if you’ve never seen the film, you’ve likely seen this character pop up in something. And now he’s popping up in our podcast. Enjoy!

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- Ryan Clagg

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‘When Marnie Was There’ Review: Studio Ghibli’s Latest Looks Great, But the Story Falls Short

21 May 2015 3:19 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“When Marnie Was There,” the second animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“The Secret World of Arrietty”) feels very much of a piece with other films from Studio Ghibli, from its lush portrayal of the natural world (“My Neighbor Totoro,” “Pom Poko”) to its complex female protagonist (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke”). It also, unfortunately, ranks among Ghibli’s lesser screenplays, comparable most notably to Hayao Miyazaki‘s “Howl’s Moving Castle,” a gorgeous film that nonetheless falls apart narratively. Both “Marnie” and “Howl’s” are based on British novels — although, to be fair, so was “Arrietty” — which might suggest that the filmmakers. »

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Movie Review – The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2014)

21 May 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Tale of Princess Kaguya, 2014.

Directed by Isao Takahata.

Featuring the voice talents of Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan and Mary Steenburgen (English)/Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora and Takeo Chii (Japanese).

Synopsis:

A girl is born of the bamboo trees, and she is brought up to be a Princess …

During the Studio Ghibli season at the BFI last year, for the first time, I watched Grave of the Fireflies. Powerful, profound and deeply moving, I was in awe that this was from the same studio that brought us Ponyo and My Neighbour Totoro. Lest we forget, there are two key artists behind Studio Ghibli: the surrealist, playful and obsessed-with-blustery-winds-and-planes Miyazaki, and the sombre, heartfelt vision of Isao Takahata. It is the latter who directs The Tale of Princess Kaguya – and it is one of the finest films of 2014, balancing profound truth with dreamlike fantasy.

Based on a Japanese folk tale, »

- Simon Columb

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

1 May 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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25 underrated 1990s movie soundtracks

28 April 2015 3:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Muppet Treasure Island to Speed, we take a look at the 90s soundtracks that deserve another listen...

Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.

It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.

But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.

Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.

1. Chaplin - John Barry

Okay, let's start with a big one. Richard Attenborough. Robert Downey Jr. John Barry. »

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The Beautiful Trailer For When Marnie Was There Will Take Your Breath Away

17 April 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If you've seen Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro, then you're familiar with the famed animation company Studio Ghibli. And if you're familiar with Studio Ghibli, you know that they make gorgeous films. The Us trailer for the latest one, When Marnie Was There, has arrived, and it's just as breathtaking as anticipated. Featuring the voices of Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara, and John C. Reilly, the story revolves around a young girl who befriends a mysterious girl who lives in a strangely familiar mansion near her new home. There are a lot of unanswered questions, but the movie will be open in limited release on May 22, so we won't have too long to wait! »

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Why you should play Ori And The Blind Forest

8 April 2015 3:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

One of the best platformers of recent years? Quite possibly. Simon explains why you should play Ori And The Blind Forest...

“We've been working on Ori And The Blind Forest for four years to craft something truly special” - so says the blurb on Moon Studios official website for Ori And The Blind Forest.

Not only is that job done, but it turns out to be quite the understatement.

Ori And The Blind Forest is a 2D platformer featuring the adventures of a spirit called Ori, and set in a forest where the once lush canopy and undergrowth have fallen under a mysterious blight. With no guidance or support, Ori must travel alone in search of answers - and a possible solution to the malady.

Taking on the role of the protagonist, you’ll be performing plenty of running about and jumping about the forest - as you might expect. »

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Easter TV movie guide: Saturday April 4 - Ben-Hur, Pretty Woman

4 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

My Girl - 9.10am, Watch

Tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is obsessed with death. When her father, the mortician of the funeral parlour she lives above, hires Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), Vada sets out to spy on the couple with her best friend Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin).

My Neighbour Totoro - 1pm, Film4

In this awe-inspiring animation from Hayao Miyazaki, director of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, two girls have charming adventures with the mysterious forest sprite that neighbours their new house in the country.

Ben-Hur - 3.05pm, 5Usa

Oscar-winning Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as a Jewish prince who's betrayed and condemned into slavery by his childhood friend, later regaining his freedom and returning to take revenge. Featuring one of the most iconic climaxes in cinema history - the chariot race - you can't miss the opportunity to re-watch this classic.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - 6pm, Comedy Central »

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Wolf of Wall Street' Sitcom, How to Be a Filmmaker in 32 Steps and More

27 February 2015 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   What if they turned The Wolf of Wall Street into a 1980s sitcom and it had the same theme song as Who's the Boss? Here's the answer (via Devour):   Combing adorable characters from Disney-distributed movies, here's a t-shirt design crossing My Neighbor TotoroBig Hero 6 and Guardians of the Galaxy (via Fashionably Geek):   Combining two Disney princesses (well, one's technically a queen), here's a t-shirt design crossing Frozen and Return of the Jedi (via Geek Tyrant):   Speaking of Frozen, here's a cute re-telling of the movie using emojis (via Oh My Disney):   And speaking of Return of the Jedi...

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Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal (Feb 28 – March 8)

26 February 2015 11:20 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 18th edition of the Montreal Festival International du Film pour Enfants begins on February 28th, just in time for Spring Break offering a wide range of films for children, teens and families alike. With events at Cinema Beaubien, Cinema du Parc and the Imperial theatre, there is a little something for everyone, with a wide variety of international premieres and showcases.

One of the highlights of this year’s edition of the festival is a showcase called “Focus Japan”, highlighting some of the very best children’s films from Japan. This comes as the Fifem collaborates for the first time with the Tokyo Kinder Film Festival (the next edition in August 2015 will see the fest taking on a new name, Kineko). Focus Japan will feature great Japanese films new and old, including the ever-popular works of Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle »

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New trailer for Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

26 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from the UK poster, StudioCanal has now debuted a new trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the latest film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), and we have it for you 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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John Ostrander: Double Your Pleasure

22 February 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Once upon a time, most movie theaters showed more than a single feature. For the price of your ticket, you’d get two movies, maybe a cartoon, sometimes a featurette. You got good value for your money in those days especially at second or third run theaters or revival houses. This was in the days before DVD, Blu-Ray, or even VHS.

In fact, for a long time, the movie studios only got one bite of the apple. Oh, a few movies might show up again; Disney did a good job of bringing classics out of their vaults. When the movies were sold to show on TV, that would also generate some revenue but nothing like today when a major part of the money made by films comes from Blu-Ray and DVD sales. (Aside: I wonder how true that will remain with Netflix and Hulu, et al.)

The first time I »

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UK poster for Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

20 February 2015 11:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next month, StudioCanal has released a new poster for Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which we have for you here…

See Also: English-language trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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 animated »

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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Blu-ray from Studio Ghibli

17 February 2015 10:41 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya was nominated for best animated feature!  Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork featuring an all-star cast including Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Lucy Liu and more.  The Blu-ray and DVD will be available February 17, but you can win a copy for Free. We Are Movie Geeks has two copies of the The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Blu-ray. Want one? All you have to do is answer this simple question and leave it in the comments section: What is your favorite movie from Studio Ghibli? (mine is definitely Spirited Away)

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya  is a critically praised film that features the best of Japanese folklore and artful animation.  Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork featuring an all-star cast including Chloë Grace Moretz, »

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"Pom Poko" Reminds Us Not All Studio Ghibli Features Are Winners

11 February 2015 7:18 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Through his films Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and more, Hayao Miyazaki has constantly placed humanity at odds with nature, sometimes making us an outright antagonist and other times placing us at its mercy. It’s a theme common to his work, and none exemplify the message quite as literally as Pom Poko, which he created the story for but didn’t direct or write. Instead, the directorial and screenwriting duties went to Isao Takahata who took Miyazaki’s theme and ran with it to tell the story of a clan of tanukis (also known as Japanese raccoon dogs – not actual raccoons despite what the English dub would have you believe) who wage a fantastical war against the humans seeking to turn their beloved Tama Hills forest into a housing development. Though Pom Poko bursts with humor and the fantastical elements that Miyazaki loves, the pacing of its story stops and starts, »

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Nippon Animation Sets Sail With Top Crew on ‘Sinbad’

23 January 2015 1:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — Nippon Animation, one of the oldest animation studios in Japan, is partnering with Shirogumi, the effects house responsible for last year’s animated smash “Stand By Me Doraemon,” to make “Sinbad: The Sky Flying Princess and the Secret Island” (“Sinbad: Sora o Tobu Hime to Himitsu no Shima”), a feature based on the classic tales from the “Arabian Nights.”

The director, Shinpei Miyashita, has worked on the long-running “Doraemon” and “Chibi Maruko-chan” series, the latter a Nippon Animation production. Animation supervisor Yoshiharu Sato has a long association with Studio Ghilbi, beginning with the 1988 classic “My Neighbor Totoro.”

The story centers on the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor and his monkey companion Mimi, after they encounter a girl, Sana, flying a wooden horse.

The film, which commemorates Nippon Animation’s 40th anniversary, is set for a peak-season July release handled by Aeon Entertainment, distribution wing of Aeon Cinema, one of »

- Mark Schilling

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Gkids takes When Marnie Was There

14 January 2015 12:22 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has acquired North American rights to the upcoming Studio Ghibli animation following their collaboration on The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.

Hiromasa Yonebayashi directed When Marnie Was There (Omoide No Marnie) based on the British children’s novel by Joan G Robinson about a troubled young girl drawn to an abandoned home and a mysterious girl who appears in the window.

Gkids plans a spring theatrical release and awards campaign.  

Studio Ghibli and Geoffrey Wexler are collaborating on an English-language version.

Gkids and Studio Ghibli previously partnered on the 2014 documentary The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness and the 2013 animated From Up on Poppy Hill.  

Gkids handles North American theatrical distribution on the Studio Ghibli library of films, which includes Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others.

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