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Review: Studio Ghibli's Rich And Rewarding 'The Tale Of Princess Kaguya'

14 October 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Directors' Fortnight. 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 »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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'Princess Kaguya' trailer shows off impressionistic art style from Studio Ghibli

23 September 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

After Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises garnered critical and commercial success last year, the Japanese animation studio returns this year with its latest English-language translation, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The film’s new trailer offers a peek at the film’s style, which is a departure from the studio’s recent slate of releases.

With Chloe Grace Moretz voicing the title character, Kaguya, originally released in 2013, follows the life of the titular princess. Found in a bamboo grove, Kaguya grows rapidly from her infancy. Everyone takes notice of Kaguya’s quick growth, from her peers to the Emperor, »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Princess Kaguya' trailer offers a first listen of the Studio Ghibli film's English dub

23 September 2014 5:41 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 fantasy film "Spirited Away" is the only Best Animated Feature winner to be produced outside the English-speaking world. In fairness to the voters who still haven't bestowed Sylvain Chomet with an Oscar, there haven't been that many opportunities for outsiders to power through — the Academy only cemented the category for its 2002 ceremony (making Miyazaki's the only traditionally animated film to ever win the award too). So while the Oscars may not reflect the artistic legacy of Studio Ghibli — currently on a "brief pause" as it figures out how to be a money-making operation without recently retired, Walt Disney-like leader — the company arrives to the 2015 race with a major contender: "Tale of Princess Kaguya." Adapted from a 10th-century Japanese folktale by director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata ("Grave of the Fireflies," "My Neighbors the Yamadas"), "Princess Kaguya" is the story of girl discovered in a stalk of bamboo, »

- Matt Patches

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Director Isao Takahata Talks The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, His Process, the Future of Studio Ghibli, the Popularity of Animation in Japan, and More

16 September 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of my personal highlights from this year's Toronto International Film Festival was getting to interview director Isao Takahata for his new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  If you're not familiar with his name, Isao Takahata is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with Hayao Miyazaki, and he previously directed Only YesterdayPom PokoMy Neighbors the Yamadas, and the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies (which I can't recommend enough).  In his latest movie, which is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Takahata breaks away from Ghibli's familiar animation style and tells a story that embraces the connection between nature and magic.  For more on the film, read Matt's review.  The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be released in North America on October 17. During the interview Isao Takahata talked about how he picks his subject matter, how he decided on the look of the film and the style of animation, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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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 »

- ryanlambie

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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 »

- Jacob Shamsian

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No More Feature Films From Studio Ghibli

3 August 2014 7:22 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has announced that the acclaimed Japanese animation house is set to close down and dismantle its animation feature film department.

The company will remain, but what's left will essentially be a handful of staff to handle its licensing of brands, and to manage its trademarks and copyrights according to news reports out of Japan (via Oh Totoro and Catsuka). Employees working in other departments (such as TV/music video production) will now be employed as freelancers, reportedly many of them already are.


Aside from maybe Disney/Pixar, Ghibli has arguably been the most acclaimed animated film production studio on the planet. A year ago came word that the company's co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was set to retire from filmmaking with last year's "The Wind Rises" being his final work.

The company's first post-Miyazaki work, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," has proven a rare box-office dud. The »

- Garth Franklin

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ and ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ to Play at Annecy Animation Festival

9 June 2014 7:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Dean DeBlois’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ and Studio Ghibli’s “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” are among the high-profile toon pics set to play at the upcoming Annecy Intl. Film Festival. 

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

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Cannes Review: Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale Of Princess Kaguya' Is An Artful Return For Isao Takahata

26 May 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Studio Ghibli Season – My Neighbours the Yamadas

18 May 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As part of the BFI’s Studio Ghibli Season, Simon Columb reviews My Neighbours the Yamadas … 

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

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Wild Bunch unveils Cannes slate

6 May 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Wild Bunch to launch new films from Verhoeven, Noé, Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2, Maniac Cop remake and market premiere Welcome to New York.

Paris-based sales and production powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Cannes slate, featuring future films from Paul Verhoeven, Gaspar Noé and Abdellatif Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2 and the remake of Maniac Cop.  

The untitled Paul Verhoeven project is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel Oh!, revolving around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.

“Casting is being finalised. It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted, so the actress has to be prepared to take that on,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval.

Wild Bunch will also launch Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, in which the Spring Breakers do battle with an »

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Wild Bunch boards Little Prince

4 May 2014 8:18 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based sales powerhouse heads to Cannes with American director Mark Osborne’s anticipated feature-length animation The Little Prince, as well as Strangerland, Gentlemen and Red Army.

The $80m The Little Prince is Osborne’s first feature-length work since co-directing DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, which grossed more than $650m worldwide.

The director will attend the market to give an hour-long presentation of the film, which is due for delivery at the end of 2015.

Osborne adapted Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 classic alongside British screenwriter Irena Brignull. The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) is the second most translated book in the world.

“The film intertwines a contemporary tale of a little girl who discovers The Little Prince through a reclusive elderly neighbour,” said Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval.

The feature combines CG animation for the real world of the little girl and stop-motion animation for the world of the book as imagined by her.        

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Wild Bunch to fly with Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince at Cannes

4 May 2014 8:18 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based sales powerhouse will also launch sales on Nicole Kidman starrer StrangerlandGentlemen and Red ArmyWild Bunch will launch sales on American director Mark Osborne’s highly anticipated feature-length animation The Little Prince at Cannes.The $80m work is Osborne’s first feature-length work since co-directing DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, which grossed more than $650m worldwide.The director will be in Cannes

Exclusive: Paris-based sales powerhouse will also launch sales on Nicole Kidman starrer StrangerlandGentlemen and Red Army

Wild Bunch will launch sales on American director Mark Osborne’s highly anticipated feature-length animation The Little Prince at Cannes.

The $80m work is Osborne’s first feature-length work since co-directing DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, which grossed more than $650m worldwide.

The director will be in Cannes to give an hour-long presentation of the film, which is due for delivery at the end of 2015.

Osborne adapted Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 classic alongside British »

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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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Studio Ghibli Producing TV Series, Michael Pitt Joins 'Hannibal,' '24: Live Another Day' Gets Super Bowl Spot & More

4 February 2014 8:17 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Whether or not the legendary Hayao Miyazaki returns from his apparent retirement following his recent “final” film “The Wind Rises," the future of Studio Ghibli still remains bright. Miyazaki’s cohorts Isao Takahata and Hiromasa Yonebayashi have each lent their directorial talents to Ghibli films in the past (“My Neighbors The Yamadas," “The Secret World of Arietty”), but Hayao’s son Goro Miyazaki has also thrown his hat into the ring as well, and now he plans to take the studio into new territory on the small screen. In a post on the studio’s Facebook page, Studio Ghibli announced their first-ever foray into television with a Goro Miyazaki-directed adaptation of a book by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren – best known for her Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson-on-the-Roof books. "Ronja the Robber's Daughter" ("Sanzoku no Musume Ronja") follows a young girl, Ronia, who lives with her thief father in a castle »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Studio Ghibli Producing TV Series, Michael Pitt Joins 'Hannibal,' '24: Live Another Day' Gets Super Bowl Spot & More

4 February 2014 8:17 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Whether or not the legendary Hayao Miyazaki returns from his apparent retirement following his recent “final” film “The Wind Rises," the future of Studio Ghibli still remains bright. Miyazaki’s cohorts Isao Takahata and Hiromasa Yonebayashi have each lent their directorial talents to Ghibli films in the past (“My Neighbors The Yamadas," “The Secret World of Arietty”), but Hayao’s son Goro Miyazaki has also thrown his hat into the ring as well, and now he plans to take the studio into new territory on the small screen. In a post on the studio’s Facebook page, Studio Ghibli announced their first-ever foray into television with a Goro Miyazaki-directed adaptation of a book by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren – best known for her Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson-on-the-Roof books. "Ronja the Robber's Daughter" ("Sanzoku no Musume Ronja") follows a young girl, Ronia, who lives with her thief father in a castle »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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