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Since 1985, the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli is known for producing some of the most critically acclaimed, highest-quality animated films. Their output includes the films of Hayao Miyazaki, whose films like “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away” have entered the cultural consciousness, as well as work by director Isao Takahta, whose most recent film “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” was recently nominated for an Oscar. Studio Ghibli’s dedicated approach towards their craft promises the best in animation, but one element of their films that goes largely unnoticed are their scores.
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In 2009, Joe Hisaishi, composer of a majority of Ghibli films, held a concert to celebrate the release of Miyazaki’s “Ponyo” and the 25 years of collaboration between the two ever since 1984’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” whose success led to the creation of Ghibli. »
- Kyle Kizu
Washing up on the shores of Cannes after nearly a decade of painstaking under-the-radar toil, Michael Dudok de Wit’s hypnotizing, entirely dialogue-free “The Red Turtle” is a fable so simple, so pure, it feels as if it has existed for hundreds of years, like a brilliant shard of sea glass rendered smooth and elegant through generations of retelling. The product of a unique collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Dutch-born, London-based animator Dudok de Wit, this tiny artistic treasure might as well be the adaptation of a little-known Hans Christian Andersen classic, or else perhaps that of a folk tale brought back from some remote South Pacific island. But no, this captivating archetypal narrative springs from the mind of its director, and the result is the most purely auteurist project to be found at the Cannes Film Festival this year, if by no means an obvious commercial play beyond France and Japan. »
- Peter Debruge
Studio Ghilbi's PonyoAnimation80%Story82%2016-05-1581%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (4 Votes)90%
I feel oddly unsure of my status as a reasonable adult for having enjoyed this film so much but that’s not going to stop me from giving a review on it. Ponyo!
The movie was awesome and if I was the only person over 3 feet in the theatre when I went to go see it then fine. I hold my head high in pride. Unlike a lot of English dubbed movies out there Ponyo was actually done very well. At no point did I cringe a little in my soul and wish for the Japanese voice talents along with some good subtitles.
Ponyo on the Cliff is about a fish named Brunhilda who lives in an underwater aquarium in her father’s castle along with hundreds of her little sisters. When her father takes them on a trip to »
- The Tiger
Thirty four years after landing in the South of France with “E.T.,” Steven Spielberg returns to the Cannes Film Festival with “The Bfg,” based on the Roald Dahl book published in 1982. (Coincidentally, that’s the same year “E.T.” came out.) But the Disney blockbuster about a big friendly giant (Mark Rylance via a motion capture performance) who befriends a young girl (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) was met with tepid applause at Saturday’s press screening, with some complaining that it didn’t have enough crossover appeal for adults. “The Bfg” opens in the United States on July 20.
Here are five things Variety learned from an afternoon press conference with Spielberg and his cast.
(1) “The Bfg” was first optioned for the screen in 1993.
- Ramin Setoodeh
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