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Hayao Miyazaki's Son Working on CG Anime Feature at Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli has confirmed Goro Miyazaki, son of Hayao, is also working on a feature film, following the management shuffle at the legendary anime house announced this week.

Studio Ghibli co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki announced that Miyazaki junior is making a CG animated feature while his father works on his hand-drawn Kimitachi wa do Ikiru ka (How do you Guys Live?).

Goro, 50, previously directed Tales from Earthsea (2006) and From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), while his 26-episode TV series Ronja, the Robber's Daughter was completed in 2014 and streamed this year on Amazon Video.

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Black Friday Week: Home Video Deals for Monday, November 20th

The Black Friday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals have already started rolling out across the web and in some stores, and over the next few weeks I’ll be gathering my picks for the best deals here on the site in daily updates.

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

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In this Corner of the World

Away from Hollywood’s stifling commercial limits, Fumiyo Kouno’s manga about a young bride in wartime Japan has no illusions regarding the human price of war. Young Suzu takes in a new family, endures the hardships of a militarized country and wartime privations, but nobody is ready for what’s coming. Sunao Katabuchi’s historical drama makes stunning use of animation.

In this Corner of the World

Blu-ray + DVD

Shout! Factory

2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 128 min. / Kono sekai no katasumi ni / Street Date November 14, 2017 / 22.97

Japanese Voices: Non, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Megumi Han, Natsuki Inaba, Nanase Iwai; English Voices: Laura Post, Kira Buckland, Barbara Goodson, Todd Haberkorn, Jason Palmer.

Character design: Hidenori Matsubara

Original Music: Kotringo

Written by Sunao Katabuchi, Chie Uratani, from the manga by Fumiyo Kouno

Produced by Taro Maki, Masao Maruyama

Directed by Sunao Katabuchi

American feature films are now a commercial desert dominated by expensive blockbusters, with a
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Gkids To Reissue Six Studio Ghibli Films For Blu-Ray

Gkids, producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced that it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the famed Japanese animation studio's catalog in North America. Beginning October 17, 2017, Gkids will begin reissuing new Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli's renowned films with six initial titles from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki: Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away followed by Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on October 31, 2017. The remaining titles will be reissued in the coming months in brand new Blu-ray and DVD, and are listed below. 

The Studio Ghibli library, led by directors and studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is one of the most coveted and critically-lauded in animation, and includes such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, which was recently listed at
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Gkids to handle home video on Studio Ghibli catalogue

Distributor now handles home entertainment rights as well as theatrical on Japanese studio titles.

Gkids has announced it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to distribute the Japanese animation studio’s home video catalogue in North America.

Starting on October 17, Gkids will reissue Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s films and kicks off with six titles from Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

The initial six Miyazaki titles are Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away (pictured), followed by Castle In The Sky and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind on October 31.

The remaining titles, which include Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns and Tomomi Mochizuki’s Ocean Waves, will be reissued in the coming months on Blu-ray and DVD.

The home video partnership builds on the relationship between Gkids and Studio Ghibli. Gkids has handled theatrical rights for the catalogue since 2010.

Gkids released the studio’s recent
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Reissues of Six Miyazaki Films in the Works From Studio Ghibli, Gkids

Gkids is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the Japanese animation studio’s catalog in North America, including Hayao Miyazaki’s 2002 Academy Award winner “Spirited Away.”

The alliance was announced Monday and will start with the Oct. 17 reissue of new Blu-ray and DVD editions of six titles from Miyazaki: “Spirited Away” and Oscar-nominated film “Howl’s Moving Castle” along with “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Ponyo” and “Princess Mononoke,” followed on Oct. 31 with “Castle in the Sky” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.”

The Studio Ghibli library is led by directors and studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Gkids has handled theatrical rights for the Studio Ghibli catalogue since 2010, and released “From Up on Poppy Hill,” “Only Yesterday,” “Ocean Waves” and the Academy Award-nominated titles “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” and “When Marnie Was There.”

Gkids previously announced a partnership with Fathom Events to bring six Ghibli titles back to theaters
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In This Corner Of The World review

An animated drama about loss and resilience in the shadow of the bomb, In This Corner Of The World is a quietly devastating must-see...

"First, toast and brown some rice. Add triple the amount of water and gently simmer... add miso and violets to yesterday's sardine stew. Reheat rice on the stove." So goes Suzu's recipe for a special kind of wartime rice, designed to make the most of a dwindling supply of ingredients. It's just one of many loving references to food and cooking in director Sunao Katabuchi's animated period drama, In This Corner Of The World. It may be a simple meal, but if you're watching the film on an empty stomach, it's the kind of thing that'll leave you profoundly hungry - at least, until the story takes a gut-wrenching turn.

This is far from the first animated film to take place either during or in
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GKids’ Founder Eric Beckman Champions Independent Voices in Animation

Eric Beckman, founder and head of GKids, looks at animation in a different way than many of his contemporaries. This has made his independent distribution outfit a popular destination for filmmakers who are interested in telling complex stories with a more handmade approach to animation.

“We love what we do at GKids, and much of our passion is born out of the people we choose to work with,” says Beckman, who is receiving the Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award at Annecy along with Gebeka Films’ Marc Bonny.

This year, the GKids slate includes “The Breadwinner” and “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.”

Founded in 2008, GKids rose in stature in 2010 when “The Secret of Kells” received an animated feature Oscar nomination, joining the likes of studio pics “Up,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Coraline” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“The extraordinary success of ‘Kells’ really helped us, both with profitability and exposure,
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Studio Ghibli Easter Eggs: Video Shows Unique Connections Between Hayao Miyazaki Films — Watch

Studio Ghibli Easter Eggs: Video Shows Unique Connections Between Hayao Miyazaki Films — Watch
Studio Ghibli films are known for their lush animation and attention to detail, and a new video from Ghibli Museum points out unique connections and easter eggs found in the work of co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. Similar to American animation studios such as Disney and Pixar, Ghibli animators find room to put fun flourishes in their work.

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Including moments from “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Porco Rosso,” “Whisper of the Heart,” “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “From Up on Poppy Hill,” and ” My Neighbor Totoro,” this video showcases parallel scenes, hidden characters and other gems for diehard fans.

Miyazaki is currently working to complete his next project, “Boro the Caterpillar,” which started as a short until he left retirement to expand it into a feature. Miyazaki has been developing this tale for 20 years, and described the project as “a story of a tiny,
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Studio Ghibli’s Miyakazi — No, the Other One — On Inheriting His Father’s Legacy with ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’

In Amazon’s animated family series “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter,” young Ronja grows up to question whether or not she wants to go into her father’s line of work. It’s a feeling that hits close to home for the series’ director Goro Miyazaki, son of animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.

“I’ve felt remorse for my choice of following in my father’s footsteps,” Goro Miyazaki told IndieWire in an email interview, but indicated that he also laughed in his response to this question.

Read More: A Guide to Amazon’s Adventure Series ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’

The younger Miyazaki had initially decided not to go into animation or work for his father’s company. Instead, he pursued landscape architecture and created beauty in the real world by designing parks and gardens.

The pull of Studio Ghibli was too strong, however. Miyazaki first joined
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Studio Ghibli’s Miyakazi — No, the Other One — On Dodging His Father’s Legacy with ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’

In Amazon’s animated family series “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter,” young Ronja grows up to question whether or not she wants to go into her father’s line of work. It’s a feeling that hits close to home for the series’ director Goro Miyazaki, son of animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.

“I’ve felt remorse for my choice of following in my father’s footsteps,” Goro Miyazaki told IndieWire in an email interview, but indicated that he also laughed in his response to this question.

Read More: A Guide to Amazon’s Adventure Series ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’

The younger Miyazaki had initially decided not to go into animation or work for his father’s company. Instead, he pursued landscape architecture and created beauty in the real world by designing parks and gardens.

The pull of Studio Ghibli was too strong, however. Miyazaki first joined
See full article at Indiewire »

Amid Muslim Ban, Best Foreign Language Oscar Nominee ‘The Salesman’ Soars at Box Office

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In the global furor over President Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the United States, Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian Oscar nominee “The Salesman” (Cohen Media) opened to strong numbers in New York and Los Angeles. This drama had the best initial limited subtitled release in several years, bettering several films that won the Foreign Language Oscar. (Farhadi, who won the Oscar for “A Separation” in 2012, has just announced that he will not attend the Oscars in light of Trump’s ban.)

“The Salesman” was the sole limited opener to make a major impact; other noteworthy titles are films trying to capitalize on this week’s nomination hauls. Platform titles like “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land” (both now over $100 million), “Moonlight,” and “Manchester By the Sea” are now playing in wider breaks. Among the rest, Weinstein’s “Lion” is performing best, with over $2 million in 575 theaters.

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‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’: A Guide to Studio Ghibli’s Adventure Series on Amazon

Studio Ghibli’s children’s series “Ronja: The Robber’s Daughter” is now streaming on Amazon with 26 episodes based on the classic tale by Astrid Lingren (“Pippi Longstocking”). The series won an International Emmy Award for Best Kids Animation.

It’s taken a couple of years for the series to make its way west from Japan, so to prepare for your family’s next binge, we’ve set up a primer for what you need to know:

Read More: ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’ Trailer: Watch a Sneak Peek of Studio Ghibli’s First Series for Amazon

1. Ronja is as advertised: One stormy night a girl was born to Mattis, a leader of a band of robbers, who couldn’t have been prouder. That night, lighting stuck the fort they lived in and split it in two. Set in a medieval Scandinavian land, expect to see horse-drawn carriages, outhouses and very little technology.
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‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’: A Guide to Studio Ghibli’s Adventure Series on Amazon

Studio Ghibli’s children’s series “Ronja: The Robber’s Daughter” is now streaming on Amazon with 26 episodes based on the classic tale by Astrid Lingren (“Pippi Longstocking”). The series won an International Emmy Award for Best Kids Animation.

It’s taken a couple of years for the series to make its way west from Japan, so to prepare for your family’s next binge, we’ve set up a primer for what you need to know:

Read More: ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’ Trailer: Watch a Sneak Peek of Studio Ghibli’s First Series for Amazon

1. Ronja is as advertised: One stormy night a girl was born to Mattis, a leader of a band of robbers, who couldn’t have been prouder. That night, lighting stuck the fort they lived in and split it in two. Set in a medieval Scandinavian land, expect to see horse-drawn carriages, outhouses and very little technology.
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Studio Ghibli's animated TV series coming to Amazon Prime

Ryan Lambie Oct 17, 2016

Ronja The Robber's Daughter, an anime series co-produced by Studio Ghibli, is heading west courtesy of Amazon Prime...

Studio Ghibli has a long history with Swedish author Astrid Lingren. Way back in the 70s, Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata attempted to stage an adaptation of Lingren's Pippi Longstocking books, and even travelled to Sweden to try to convince the author to sell them the rights. Lingren turned the animators down - understandable, given their relative lack of fame at the time - and a clutch of story boards and concept sketches are all that remain of the abandoned project.

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Over 40 years later, Studio Ghibli finally got to adapt one of Lingren's books - well,
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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates movie review: a meeting of childish minds

A sweetly silly trounce of the idea that overgrown frat boys are charming. Shakes up the subgenre in a way remarkably, if perhaps accidentally, feminist. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of grossout movies (which this looked to be)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The Stangle family is tired of the antics of manchild sons Mike (Adam Devine: Ice Age: Collision Course, The Intern) and Dave (Zac Efon: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, We Are Your Friends): they ruin every family gathering with their nonsense, the nature of which typically ends up requiring the assistance of the fire department and/or paramedics. So for daughter Jeanie’s (Sugar Lyn Beard: Aloha (2015), 50/50) wedding to Eric (Sam Richardson: Ghostbusters, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Mom (Stephanie Faracy: #Stuck, The Five-Year Engagement) and Dad (Stephen Root: Trumbo,
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Match the Studio Ghibli screenshot to the movie – quiz

It might be Studio Ghibli’s last film so with the release of When Marnie Was There, here’s the ultimate test. How many of their classics can you recognise?

Spirited Away

Princess Mononoke

The Cat Returns

Ponyo

My Neighbour Totoro

Only Yesterday

The Wind Rises

Pom Poko

Porco Rosso

Grave of the Fireflies

Tales from Earthsea

The Secret World of Arriety

My Neighbours the Yamadas

The Wind Rises

Kiki's Delivery Service

Princess Mononoke

Howl's Moving Castle

Castle in the Sky

Spirited Away

Only Yesterday

From Up on Poppy Hill

The Cat Returns

Ponyo

The Secret World of Arriety

My Neighbours the Yamadas

Pom Poko

Porco Rosso

Tales From Earthsea

My Neighbour Totoro

From Up On Poppy Hill

The Wind Rises

Whisper of the Heart

Castle in the Sky

Whisper of the Heart

Ponyo

Princess Mononoke

Pom Poko

Grave of the Fireflies

Only Yesterday

Kiki's Delivery Service

7 and above.

Lovely Ghibli!
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Studio Ghibli Veteran Animator Makiko Futaki Dies at 57

The animation world has lost a prodigious talent with the death of Makiko Futaki, a longtime Studio Ghibli animator who passed away on May 13 after an unspecified illness. Futaki collaborated on every one of Hayao Miyazaki's films, several of which are regarded as high-water marks of the entire genre: "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away" and many others. Futaki was 57 at the time of her passing. Read More: 'The Red Turtle' Trailer: Studio Ghibli Returns With A Mesmerizing Silent Film In addition to her work at Ghibli, which has been among the world's most foremost animation studios for decades, Futaki also served as key animator on 1988's "Akira." Katsuhiro Otomo's dystopian sci-fi anime is likewise considered among the best of its kind ever made. Futaki held the same credit on such films as "Howl's Moving Castle," "From Up on Poppy Hill" and "The Wind Rises." Read More: Watch: A Feminist.
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Trailer for the latest Studio Ghibli Film, “The Red Turtle”

Michaël Dudok de Wit’s debut feature “The Red Turtle” will premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, and if we were to judge from the trailer, it may be one of the most beautiful films to screen in Croisette this year.

Marking the anticipated return of Studio Ghibli (the film is their first co-production), the French-Japanese animated film tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a deserted island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds. He learns to live in isolation, until he comes upon a woman lost at sea and begins a life with her. The entire 80-minute movie features very little dialogue and looks absolutely gorgeous, once more exemplyfying the benefits of 2D animation. The screenplay was written by Dudok de Wit and French screenwriter (and director) Pascale Ferran (Lady Chatterley, The Bird People).

Ghibli is at a very critical
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‘The Red Turtle’ Pulls Studio Ghibli Out of Its Shell

The dual geniuses behind Studio Ghibli, Japan’s most revered animation company, aren’t getting any younger. At age 75, “Spirited Away” director Hayao Miyazaki has all but retired, now focusing exclusively on short films, while “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” was 80-year-old Isao Takahata’s final feature.

That puts the studio in urgent need of younger talent to carry on their legacy — as tested with Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“When Marnie Was There”) and Goro Miyazaki (“From Up on Poppy Hill”). But it also inspired a one-of-a-kind project called “The Red Turtle,” which premieres this week in Cannes.

As Studio Ghibli’s first external co-production, “The Red Turtle” was made in France and directed by Dutch-born, London-based animator Michael Dudok de Wit, whose wordless Oscar-winning short “Father and Daughter” had become a favorite at Ghibli.

In pursuit of ways the company might innovate, producer Toshio Suzuki tasked French distributor Vincent Maraval
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