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Viz Media Announces a New Edition of The Art Of Princess Mononoke Hardcover Art Book

5 hours ago | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] San Francisco, CA, August 20, 2014 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, captures the attention of anime fans and collectors with a special new edition of the acclaimed art book, The Art Of Princess Mononoke, which features a new translation and beautiful hardcover presentation. The edition will debut on August 26th. Viz Media’s Studio Ghibli Library imprint celebrates the work of iconic Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and his famed animation studio. The imprint has collected and released a substantial catalog of full-color art books, film comics, children’s picture books and other releases for Studio Ghibli films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor »

- Pietro Filipponi

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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 »

- Gary Collinson

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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 Not Closed Yet; In the Process of “Restructuring” Says Co-Founder and General Manager Toshio Suzuki

4 August 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Yesterday, there were a flurry of reports that the beloved Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli was shutting down.  For those unfamiliar with the studio, it was founded in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) and producer Toshio Suzuki (The Wind Rises).  In addition to producing all of Miyazaki's classic films since 1986's Castle in the Sky, the studio has also played host to a collection of other talented filmmakers.  It's no surprise that the studio's closing was met with an outpouring of grief. However, Ghibli isn't closed just yet.  That being said, it's no longer going to remain in its current form.  Hit the jump for more. As Russ at /Film astutely picked up yesterday, the news of Ghibli's closing was widespread, but no Japanese publication had actually made that report.  It came from a poorly translated quote. Variety reports that on a »

- Matt Goldberg

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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, »

- Jackson McHenry

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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 Become A Different Beast

4 August 2014 5:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The prolific Japanese animation producer Studio Ghibli is to undergo fundamental changes following the departure of co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. A staunch advocate of the traditional line drawn approach that grew increasingly old-fashioned with the advent of CGI, Miyazaki wrote and directed the company’s best-known output, with Spirited Away breaking through to win an Oscar in 2003. Reportedly his exit has created too big a gap to fill and long-standing colleague Toshio Suzuki has told Japanese television the development slate will be substantially reconsidered. The expression “housecleaning” has been used and interpreted to mean the close of feature production at Ghibli for good.

Where the studio will head from here is uncertain but with these scaled-back ambitions we could be seeing the death of techniques long-abandoned by Western cinema outside of Disney. Broadcasters such as Film4 in the UK regularly show films like Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo but with »

- Steve Palace

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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 »

- Tom Baker

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Japan's Studio Ghibli facing closure? Spirited Away maker considers future

4 August 2014 2:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Japanese film production company Studio Ghibli has hinted that it may be taking a break from making films.

A source from the company recently told News Cafe (via Kotaku) that changes needed to be made for financial reasons.

Studio Ghibli is responsible for hit films such as Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. The studio's co-founder Hayao Miyazaki retired last summer, while co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki became general manager earlier this year and stopped producing films.

However, there have been reports that it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage costs due to the expense of having full-time staff working on a fairly small number of films.

Suzuki addressed the rumours yesterday (August 3) on Japanese TV show Jonetsu Tairuku, saying that the studio is to undergo a "housecleaning" phase before commencing any future plans.

Video: Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There trailer

He suggested that the studio closure rumours were not necessarily true, »

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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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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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Studio Ghibli Announces A Break In Production

3 August 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

After months of worried speculation following the news last September that co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is retiring, it appeared this weekend that the worst fears for the future of Studio Ghibli had come true. Yet while the company’s co-founder and current general manager Toshio Suzuki went on Japanese TV to announce that the beloved animation studio will be taking a break from production to consider its future, he stopped short of saying it’s in danger of shutting forever.The studio that brought the world such delightful classics as My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns and Howl’s Moving Castle will take its current focus away from making new films, and manage the copyright and licensing trademarks from its existing library. While an original report had Suzuki announcing an effective closure of the studio, further digging by the likes of Kotaku has instead pointed to team Ghibli instead »

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Report: Iconic Studio Ghibli May Cease New Japanese Anime Productions

3 August 2014 5:13 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Developing: Studio Ghibli, long home to the now-retired Oscar winner whom the Walt Disney Corp. has called the Walt Disney of Japanese animation, may shut its animation-production facilities because of the challenges of financing new features, according to an interview of an unnamed company insider posted on Japanese news sites. The rumbles about the studio’s future have gotten louder in recent months after the latest retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, the 73-year-old director and animator whose Spirited Away won the 2003 Oscar for Best Animated feature. Miyazaki said he was stepping out of animation for good after his latest film, The Wind Rises, debuted last year, and went […] »

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Studio Ghibli Announces Closing on Japanese TV

3 August 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sadly, early reports that one of the world's most beloved animation studios, Hayao Miyazaki's legendary Studio Ghibli, might shut its doors and stop making films, are true. A news report translation of Studio Ghibli general manager and Toshio Suzuki's TV announcement of the closure has been posted on the Studio Ghibli blog. Suzuki says the Studio Ghibli animation production department will be dismantled. (Toh! ranked the Top Ten Studio Ghibli films here.) Ghibli's newest film, "When Marnie Was There," opened in Japan on July 19.  Whispers of the studio's closing have circulated since last year, when powerhouse writer-director Miyazaki (of "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away" fame) announced he was retiring and Ghibli producer/co-founder Suzuki stepped down from producing and became the studio's general manager instead. So Studio Ghibli will now focus on not making new films but rather on managing its copyrights and trademarks and »

- Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs

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Studio Ghibli to close by Jennie Kermode - 2014-08-03 22:12:14

3 August 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Totoro

Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio behind such favourites as My Neighbour Totoro, Ponyo and Spirited Away, is to close, it was confirmed today. The news follows rumours that emerged Wednesday to the effect that the business was in financial trouble and unlikely to survive. Producer Toshio Suzuki said that the anime department will be dismantled, though existing films will continue to be distributed.

The move will come as a big disappointment for anime fans worldwide, and especially for those currently enjoying Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, Omoide No Marnie (When Marnie Was There), which opened in Japan last month. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Studio Ghibli closes its doors?

3 August 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After rumours suggesting that When Marnie Was There was likely to be the final film from  Studio Ghibli, general manager Toshio Suzuki has now reportedly confirmed that the famed Japanese animation studio will be “taking a break” as a production company and will instead focus on managing the trademarks of its impressive back-catalogue of anime movies.

Co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki (who retired from filmmaking last year) and Isao Takahata alongside Suzuki, Studio Ghibli has earned a reputation as the “Japanese Walt Disney”, releasing such classic anime films as Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and The Wind Rises.

When Marnie Was There was released in Japan last month, and has so far made around $3.5 million at the box office. Ghibli’s previous film The Tale of Princess Kaguya grossed around $48 million, which »

- Gary Collinson

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Week in Review: Is Studio Ghibli closing?

1 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Could the magic that has come from films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies be coming to an end? Thompson on Hollywood is reporting that Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli may be closing its doors because the cost of making hand-drawn animated films with the attention to detail they include might just be too cost prohibitive to continue.

Their source is a Japanese website that explains that the studio is considering becoming little more than a copyright management company, free of the obligation of actually making movies.

Toh! points out that Ghibli continues to experience high costs because they refuse to export their labor out to cheaper companies in pursuit of greater quality. More over, recent Ghibli films that have made huge amounts of money, like Miyazaki’s latest The Wind Rises, or Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya (which opens in America »

- Brian Welk

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Are Studio Ghibli's Days Numbered? Say It Ain't So

31 July 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It seems impossible to think that one of the world's most beloved animation studios might shut its doors and stop making films, but that's what one Japanese news site says might happen to Hayao Miyazaki's legendary Studio Ghibli. According to News Cafe, Ghibli's newest film, "When Marnie Was There," might be its last.  As a supposed insider tells the website, whispers of the studio's closing have circulated since last year, when powerhouse writer-director Miyazaki (of "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away" fame) announced he was retiring and Ghibli producer/co-founder Toshio Suzuki stepped down from producing and became the studio's general manager instead. "From here on," the source says, "it appears as though this won't be a studio that makes new works, but instead, manages its copyrights."  In essence, that would mean that the studio would stop producing new films and simply generate revenue from its library of »

- Jacob Combs

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