Hayao Miyazaki creates an animated short after retiring from feature-length filmmaking

After retiring from feature-length films and closing Studio Ghibli this past November, Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki is making a CG animated short film for the Ghibli Museum in Japan. According to the Anime News Network, his son, Goro Miyazaki, made the announcement at a talk show event in June. This will be the first time that Miyazaki will be venturing into CG animation after hand drawing all of his films. The story for the short film has yet to be revealed and while being 10 minutes long, the film has taken three years to make.

Most Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki fans are probably still upset that there are no more films coming from them, especially since they both created many masterpieces together such as Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, just to name a few. But this news just shows that there is still great work to come from Miyazaki.
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The Allegedly ‘Retired’ Hayao Miyazaki Is Making His First Computer-Animated Short

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Studio Ghibili’s legendary Hayao Miyazaki, who announced his retirement last year, will be making the transition to computer animation, according to a report posted on Anime News Network: "Studio Ghibli's Goro Miyazaki … revealed at a talk show event on June 16 that his father, Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, is making a CG-animated short for the Ghibli Museum."Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki said the short will be ten minutes long. It apparently took three years to complete, which, if true, is really impressive — Miyazaki managed to work on a film for three years in complete secrecy. Discussing his honorary Oscar last year, the famed Japanese filmmaker said: “I think talent decides everything. More than the method, what's important is the talent using it. There's nothing inherently wrong or right about a method, whether it be pencil drawings or 3-D CG. Pencil drawings don't have to go away, but
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Japanese Gangster Movie Icon Bunta Sugawara Dead At 81

Tokyo – Bunta Sugawara, who rose to fame in the 1970s playing wild-at-heart gangsters on the mean streets of post-war Japan, died on Friday at age 81 of liver cancer in a Tokyo hospital, the Toei studio announced Monday.

Born in Sendai, in northern Japan, in 1933, Sugawara entered the Shintoho studio in 1958 after leading a scuffling existence on the fringes of Tokyo’s underworld that furnished material for his later roles. When the studio went bust in 1961, he left for rival Shochiku, but his career was treading water until former-gang-boss-turned actor Noboru Ando helped him join the Toei studio in 1967.

After that he rose to stardom in Toei’s signature yakuza films, culminating with the lead role in Kinji Fukasaku’s 1973 “Battles Without Honor and Humanity.” Based on a yakuza’s memoirs of a gang war in Hiroshima and the nearby port of Kure, this film and its four sequels marked a
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Hayao Miyazaki: Governors Award Recipient Says ‘I Intend to Work Until the Day I Die’

At age 73, Hayao Miyazaki is still capable of surprises. He has an atelier, just behind the main Studio Ghibli building, on a narrow and quiet street in a suburb of Tokyo. Surrounded by trees, it looks like the sort of rustic resort cottage a well-off Japanese with European tastes might build in the mountains. When his assistant escorted Variety through the gate, Miyazaki was in the midst of chopping wood – his preferred method of stress relief. With a big grin and a firm handshake, he walked his visitor into his studio and work space in the center of huge, high-ceiling room. On a big wooden table (think a picnic table with chairs instead of benches) was a holder containing dozens of colored pencils and other drawing paraphernalia. Without missing a beat, Miyazaki sat down and started penciling a sketch for a manga that has occupied him since his retirement last year.
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Watch (And Maybe Wince At) Studio Ghibli’s First Attempt at an All-cgi Cartoon

Because this is not a Japanese film site, Japanese film news tends to slip under the radar. So while Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter was announced in February as something new and sparkly and unique – a Studio Ghibli TV series, headed up by Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao), to be done entirely in CGI – it was mostly forgotten about in the post-February world. Only now, several months later, has Ronia has peeked its head above the Tokyo skyline, and it’s here to show us what traditional Ghibli animation looks like when hauled screaming into the third dimension. The results? They’re Ok, I guess. The series, based off a children’s book by “Pippi Longstocking” author Astrid Lindgren, tells the tale of a young girl who lives in the woods with her father’s clan of thieves and mercenaries. Adorable criminal hi-jinx ensue. Oh, and for those wondering if the narrator says anything of note, here
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When Marnie Was There and the future of Studio Ghibli

As a trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest and possibly final feature When Marnie Was There emerges, Ryan ponders company's uncertain future...


When Hayao Miyazaki retired last year at the age of 73, animation lost one of its most accomplished and dedicated practitioners. His work, comprising 11 features and numerous shorts, needs little introduction: films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle have long since etched themselves on the minds of audiences all over the world.

Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises, was a bravely individual parting shot. A drama about the designer of the legendary Japanese fighter plane, the Mitsubishi Zero, it felt like a final, heartfelt statement from a truly great artist - and a fitting capstone to a remarkable career. But with Miyazaki having set aside the painstaking work he put into animating his films over the course of some 48 years, the inevitable question
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Despite Auds’ Dedication to Hand-Drawn Animation, CG Is Slowly Making Inroads in Japan

The Japanese market loves homegrown hand-drawn animation: In 2013, six of the 10 top-earning domestic films were toons, with Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises,” at $120 million, topping the list. And while the local biz has maintained its traditional methods, a digital wave is steadily encroaching on the industry, even among the work of Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, the leader of the 2D camp.

One recent sign of this shift was the announcement that Goro Miyazaki, Hayao’s son, director of Studio Ghibli hits “Tales From Earthsea” (2006) and “From Up on Poppy Hill” (2011), will helm a computer-generated animation TV series based on Astrid Lindgren’s kiddy lit classic “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter” as a co-production with Polygon Pictures, Japan’s top digital toon studio. The series is scheduled to air on pubcaster Nhk’s Bs Premium satellite channel in the fall.

“(Goro Miyazaki) wants to try something different from what he’s done at Studio Ghibli,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2011

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...

Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.

Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year.
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Studio Ghibli Announces 3D CGI TV Series, Hell Reports Slight Wintry Mix

It couldn’t have been easy being Hayao Miyazaki‘s kid. Dad is heralded as an unparalleled genius; the pressure for a young Goro Miyazaki to do the same must have been astounding. It’s probably why, at a young age, he cast aside a career in animation for the completely unrelated field of landscape agriculture. Yet eventually the call of anime became too great (or he may have stumbled upon some mystical forest spirit that willed him to change careers), and about ten years ago Goro began directing animated features of his own. With the retirement of the elder Miyazaki, all eyes are on Goro. What will he do next? Where will he take Studio Ghibli? Now we know: a 3D CGI television series. Gasp and faint accordingly. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the younger Miyazaki will direct a series entitled Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, an adaptation of a similarly-titled children’s book by Swedish
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Studio Ghibli jumping to television with 'Ronja the Robber's Daughter'

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(Cbr) Critically acclaimed animation house Studio Ghibli is making the jump from film to television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio responsible for "Kiki’s Delivery Service" and "Spirited Away" plans to adapt the Swedish children’s book "Ronja the Robber’s Daughter" into a 3D CG television series. Debuting in Japan this fall, "Ronja the Robber’s Daughter" will be produced by Studio Ghibli along with Polygon Pictures, Dwango and Nhk Enterprises. The story centers on the daughter of a bandit clan’s chief having adventures in a mysterious forest. The series will be directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of studio founder Hayao Miyazaki....
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Studio Ghibli Producing TV Series, Michael Pitt Joins 'Hannibal,' '24: Live Another Day' Gets Super Bowl Spot & More

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
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Japan's Studio Ghibli to Produce Its First TV Series

Japan's Studio Ghibli to Produce Its First TV Series
Tokyo – Studio Ghibli is to produce its first TV anime series, to be directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of recently retired studio founder Hayao Miyazaki. A 3D CG adaptation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren's children's book Ronja the Robber's Daughter (Sanzoku no Musume Ronja), it will be produced in collaboration with Polygon Pictures, Dwango and Nhk Enterprises. The show is scheduled for broadcast in Japan this fall. Nhk Enterprises is a subsidiary of Japan's public broadcaster, and the series will air on Bs Premium, one of Nhk's satellite channels. Video: 'The Simpsons' Pays Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki The series will tell the

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Studio Ghibli developing new TV series, Ronia

News Louisa Mellor 3 Feb 2014 - 06:49

The Japanese animation studio is developing a new television series, to be directed by Goro Miyazaki...

Arriving on Japanese television this autumn will be a Studio Ghibli adaptation of Swedish children's book Ronia, The Robber's Daughter, directed by From Up On Poppy Hill and Tales From Earthsea's Goro Miyazaki and written by Reservoir Chronicle's Hiroyuki Kawsaki.

The adventure tale, which tells the Romeo and Juliet-ish story of a growing friendship between the offspring of two warring families in medieval Scandinavia, was written by Pippi Longstocking creator Astrid Lindgren and published in 1981. A successful live-action fantasy film adaptation, Ronja Rovadottar, was made by Swedish director Tage Danielsson in 1984 from a screenplay by Lindgren, but this will be the story's first television outing.

Ronia will be a Ghibli/Polygon animation co-production. To whet our appetites, here's the first image released by the studio:

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Miyazaki Helms "Ronia" Animated Series

Studio Ghibli and Polygon Pictures are teaming to produce the animated TV series "Ronia the Robber’s Daughter".

Based on the novel by "Pippi Longstocking" author Astrid Lindgren, the story is set in medieval Europe. Ronia is the only child of a robber clan's chief who live in a large, ancient castle in grand woodlands.

Under the loving care of the clan, she grows to be a strong and active girl. One day, she is finally allowed to go into the woodlands for the first time and discovers the many mysterious creatures who live there.

She learns how to live in the wildness with the help of her parents, and has a fateful encounter with a boy named Birk.

Goro Miyazaki ("From Up on Poppy Hill," "Tales from Earthsea"), son of acclaimed filmmaker and Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, will direct the series. Though the show has a Ghibli-style look, Polygon Pictures ("The Clone Wars,
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Studio Ghibli Announces First-Ever TV Series Ronja The Robber’S Daughter

In a bit of an unexpected announcement, Studio Ghibli has revealed its first-ever television series, an adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's children's fantasy novel, Ronja the Robber's Daughter.  The series will follow the adventures of Ronja, the daughter of a robber chieftain, as she meets the denizens of the dark pine forest in which she lives.  The series will premiere in Japan on August 31st and will be directed by Goro Miyazaki (From up on Poppy Hill). Hit the jump for more. News of Studio Ghibli's foray into television comes via a Facebook fan page, along with the series' first image (via Nhk): Studio Ghibli just announced its first ever TV series, and even more exciting it's an adaptation of a book by Astrid Lindgren. "Sanzoku no Musume Ronja", or "Ronja the Robber's Daughter", will be aired in Japan starting on August 31. It is a coproduction with 3Dcg
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Marvel rules, franchises dip, China thrives: 2013 global box office in review

Marvel triumphed again with Iron Man 3, but 2013 was behind 2012 in terms of really massive hits, and new franchises failed to ignite. Meanwhile, the Chinese market just keeps on growing

• The top 10 films of 2013

• Films to see in 2014

The winner

Marvel took top spot at the worldwide box office for the second year running, with a $1.215bn sweep for Iron Man 3 (No 5 in the all-time list). It's still unclear if it's the series' final instalment, or whether Robert Downey Jr will go Starkers on a full-time basis again. Nevertheless, seizing the momentum of The Avengers last year, Marvel's cross-fertilising approach to its IP has put it – or its paymasters, Disney – in pole position among the studios. (Thor 2 finished in eighth.) If the Chinese cut of Iron Man 3 wasn't quite the Mandarin-fluent blockbuster for a new red dawn promised early on by co-producers Dmg, the big Beijing promotional push
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DVD Review: 'From Up on Poppy Hill'

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★★★☆☆ Directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Studio Ghibli figurehead Hayao Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) is a delightful coming-of-age drama, made in a similar vein to 1995's Whisper of the Heart. A classic tale of boy meets girl set in 1960s Japan, Umi (Masami Nagasawa) and Shun (Junichi Okada) first cross paths when the former helps the latter up after he recklessly jumps from their school's rooftop in protest to the planned closure of their dilapidated clubhouse. The pair's coastal suburb of Yokohama is being drastically altered due to the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics, modernising the town beyond recognition.

However, a small group of wise-beyond-their-years teenagers believe that preserving the areas rich cultural heritage is more important than constructing a aesthetically pleasing veneer for this upcoming global celebration of sport. The pair soon become closer when Umi begins assisting at the school’s newspaper, however a shocking revelation puts their blossoming romance on hold indefinitely.
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From Up On Poppy Hill, anime drama & Studio Ghibli's future

Feature Ryan Lambie 23 Sep 2013 - 06:38

With From Up On Poppy Hill, out on disc today, Ryan looks at the rich detail in Studio Ghibli's dramas, and its post-Miyazaki future...

Studio Ghibli may be best known for its woodland spirits and castles in the sky, but there's so much more to the Japanese animation house's output than colourful fantasy. Whether directed by founders Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, or newer animators, such as Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty), Studio Ghibli's movies are equally alive in their more dramatic, quiet moments.

From Up On Poppy Hill, released in Japan in 2011 and out now on home release in the UK, may surprise some viewers with its gentle period romance, but it provides a fresh example of how Studio Ghibli can breathe life into even the most prosaic activities. From Up On Poppy Hill is the second feature from Goro Miyazaki - the son
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Blu-ray Review: Slight But Visually Striking ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’

Chicago – As “The Wind Rises” plays film festivals this month and plans for a stateside release (we truly hope) by the end of the year, it has been announced that the Studio Ghibli film will be the last directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. One of the most important creative voices in the history of cinema is closing the book on his career, although his influence will be felt for decades to come, especially as his son, who directed the recently-released on Blu-ray and DVD, “From Up on Poppy Hill” carries on his legacy.

The romantic soap opera story of “Poppy,” co-written by Hayao from a comic book, feels a little slight but Goro certainly understands his father’s emphasis on the visual, crafting a strikingly beautiful film that truly looks great in HD. It won’t be anyone’s favorite Ghibli film but it casts an enjoyable spell for
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From Up On Poppy Hill Blu-ray Review

With the recent news that legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki would be retiring, his Studio Ghibli films will only become more precious to fans.  At the same time, audiences will turn a critical eye to the studio's other artists and directors to see who carries the Miyazaki torch into the future.  Some would look no further than Miyazaki's eldest son, Goro Miyazaki, whose recent effort From Up on Poppy Hill is now available on Blu-ray.  The charming tale, itself adapted from the 1980s manga from Tetsuo Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi, is a celebration of love in all its various incarnations and delves into some surprisingly mature material.  Fans of Blu-ray extras will be happy to hear that the combo pack comes with over three hours of bonuses.  Hit the jump for my review. The Feature Like any foreign film, much can be lost in translation when it comes to dubbing.
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