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Annecy Film Review: ‘Mirai’

Annecy Film Review: ‘Mirai’
After such expansive fantasies as “Wolf Children” and “Summer Wars,” Japanese animation master Mamoru Hosoda delivers a story of such intimate, unpretentious simplicity, you’d hardly recognize it as coming from the ambitious visionary behind those films. And yet “Mirai” — which inventively depicts the way a young boy’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of a baby sister — could not have been made by anyone else. It’s the work of a true auteur (in what feels like his most personal film yet) presented as innocuous family entertainment.

Who but Hosoda could have imagined a scenario — every bit as enchanted as Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” though entirely original in its own right — in which four-year-old Kun comes to accept his initially unwelcome sister via a series of hallucinatory visitations from other members of his family: past (his war-hero grandfather and decades-younger mother), present (an anthropomorphic version
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Pretty Packaging: The Wolf's Rain Ultimate Edition Is Good Enough To Howl About

When Scotland-based distributor Anime Limited announces a new ultimate edition, I tend to take notice. So far, the company has displayed great taste in picking up titles old and new, and previous ultimate editions have been pretty grand. Their newest title to get the royal treatment is an old classic: Studio Bones' anime adaptation of Nobumoto Keiko's Wolf's Rain, a 30-episode series about wolves who are thought to be extinct, but who have learned to disguise themselves as humans. The series is lauded for its art and animation, which comes as no surprise, given it was directed by Okamura Tensai. It is also famous...

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Studio Ghibli Theme Park Sets 2020 Opening in Japan, Debuts Gorgeous First Look Concept Art

Studio Ghibli excited fans around the world when it announced last summer that a theme park based on the studio’s filmography would be opening in Japan. According to The Japan Times, the regional government has now confirmed the theme park will open in 2020. The park is being built in the Aichi Prefecture near Nagoya, where Japan hosted the 2005 World’s Fair.

The Studio Ghibli theme park is being designed as both a traditional theme park and a place where visitors can interact with nature, which is fitting for Ghibli. The Aichi government says the park will include rides and forest trails based on Hayao Miyazaki films such as “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

“The park will be dotted with the European-themed brick towers that appear frequently in Miyazaki’s works, as well as giant installations of spider and boar-shaped spirits in imaginary
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Isao Takahata, Director and Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli, Dies at 82

Isao Takahata, Director and Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli, Dies at 82
Isao Takahata, co-founder of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, and acclaimed animation director, died on Thursday in a Tokyo hospital. He was 82.

According to local media, Takahata had been in declining health since last summer. A Studio Ghibli statement said he died of lung cancer.

Takahata joined Toei Animation after college and made his feature directing debut with the 1968 “Horus: Prince of the Sun.” In 1971 Takahata, together with Hayao Miyazaki and Yoichi Kotabe, left Toei for Shin-Ei Animation studio. His best-remembered TV work was “Heidi, Girl of the Alps,” that he directed for Nippon Animation.

In 1985, together with Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, Takahata launched Studio Ghibli. His “Grave of the Fireflies,” was released together with Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor Totoro” in 1988. The two films did modest business, but later grew in esteem as classics of the animated form.

Takahata enjoyed greater success with “Pom Poko,” a 1994 fantasy-adventure that was chosen
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Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli Co-Founder and Director, Dies at 82

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata passed away this morning at the age of 82. Takahata has been fighting some health problems over the past few years, with it worsening last summer. He died of heart problems peacefully in his home in Tokyo, surrounded by loved ones.

When it comes to anime companies, there are certainly none as admirably well known as Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli has been responsible for a number of the best animated films on the market since it was founded over 30 years ago. Their most notable creations have been Spirited Away, Ponyo, and My Neighbor Totoro.

For most of his career, Takahata worked with Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. The two were close friends and together they revolutionized and popularized the entire anime industry. It is safe to argue that, if it were not for Takahata and Miyazaki, anime would not be as prominent in the world as it is today.
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Gkids and Fathom Events Kick Off Studio Ghibli Fest With Ponyo March 25th, 26th and 28th

“Ponyo wants ham!”

Studio Ghibli Fest, a nine film monthly series of anime classics, continues in March with Ponyo from the legendary Studio Ghibli and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. This special event will play in movie theaters nationwide for three days only on March 25, 26 and 28.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a heartwarming family adventure. When Sosuke, a young boy who lives on a clifftop overlooking the sea, rescues a stranded goldfish named Ponyo, he discovers more than he bargained for. Ponyo is a curious, energetic young creature who yearns to be human, but even as she causes chaos around the house, her father, a powerful sorcerer, schemes to return Ponyo to the sea. Miyazaki’s breathtaking, imaginative world is brought to life with an all-star cast, featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon,
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Oregon’s Dazzling New Tourism Ad Would Make Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli Proud — Watch

Oregon’s Dazzling New Tourism Ad Would Make Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli Proud — Watch
You wouldn’t be wrong if you said watching Travel Oregon’s new 90-second tourism commercial brought back the feeling of watching “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” or any other legendary Studio Ghibli feature. The advertisement, titled “Only Slightly Exaggerated,” is an eye-popping display of animation that has the kind of limitless imagination that defines the works of Hayao Miyazaki.

While the commercial doesn’t include any direct references to Ghibli’s filmography, so much of the ad feels inspired by the studio’s great works. As Entertainment Weekly already pointed out, the woodland setting recalls the spirit forest in “Princess Monokoe,” while both a walking animated caterpillar and the sight of two children riding a giant rabbit recalls the iconic Catbus from “My Neighbor Totoro.”

“Only Slightly Exaggerated” is written and produced by Wieden + Kennedy, animated by Psyop & Sun Creatures Studio, and scored by Oregon Symphony.
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My Neighbor Totoro: new video reveals year it takes place

Ryan Lambie Feb 9, 2018

Studio Ghibli's classic My Neighbor Totoro never straight up states when it's set, but a new video puts the clues together...

Director Hayao Miyazaki's classic My Neighbor Totoro may be 30 years old this year, but its appeals remains timeless. Its plot is thin almost to the point of transparency, but in its simplicity lies its appeal: two young children move with their father to the Japanese countryside near the hospital where their mother's recovering from an illness.

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Told entirely from the kids' perspective, My Neighbor Totoro finds wonder around every corner: the woods are full of ancient, benign spirits, and even their dusty old house has a trace of magic hiding in the shadows. The whole thing is
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A Studio Ghibli Pop-Up Is Coming to Turn Your Life Into Totoro's Mystical Forest

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Most folks who grew up watching Japanese film icon Hayao Miyazaki's work have dreamt, at one point or another, of exploring the enchanted settings from films like Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery Service. And now, for the 30th anniversary of the most nostalgic of all Studio Ghibli films - My Neighbor Totoro - you'll be able to do just that. Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya USA and Her Universe, our favorite source for geek-chic "fangirl fashion," are set to collaborate on an exciting San Francisco pop-up experience that will bring Totoro to life for fans of all ages. Popsugar has received the very first renderings of the pop-up shop - you can view them below - which will be open for fans Feb. 24 through Mar. 18 and offers exclusive Studio Ghibli merchandise to visitors. The experience space will transform into the enchanted forest where Totoro and his fellow forest spirits live, including
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First Animated CG Movie on Its Way From Studio Ghibli

Last month we covered the exciting announcement that legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki had emerged from his short-lived retirement and was already at work on a new feature film. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli, a world-renowned anime house responsible for such classics as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. We now have word that Hayao’s son, Goro Miyazaki, will be helming another feature for the studio. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goro will be directing a CG animated film while his father oversees a hand-drawn film, Kimitachi wa do Ikiru ka (How Do You Guys Live?). Two new Ghibli movies on the horizon! This is heartening news for fans everywhere who not so long ago had reason to believe the doors were closing on their favorite dream factory. This...

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Goro Miyazaki Is Directing a CG Anime Feature at Studio Ghibli

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Last month we covered the exciting announcement that legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki had emerged from his short-lived retirement and was already at work on a new feature film. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli, a world-renowned anime house responsible for such classics as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. We now have word that Hayao’s son, Goro Miyazaki, will be helming another feature for the studio. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goro will be directing a CG...

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Viz Media releasing Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke Picture Books

Viz Media has announced that it is set to release two new Studio Ghibli Picture Books this December, capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke with easy-to-read text and full-color pictures taken direct from the films, presented in a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

The legends were true! Somewhere high in the clouds, human beings have again set foot on the floating island of Laputa, for centuries a peaceful, parklike ruin, tended only by its silent, faithful robots. But just behind Pazu and Sheeta are soldiers from the aerial dreadnought Goliath—who have captured Dola and her pirate crew, and are now looting the gold and jewels of the Castle in the Sky for themselves! But the man who guided them there, Muska, has his eyes on power, not money—and he alone knows how to activate the castle’s ancient
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Blu-ray Review – My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro, 1988.

Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Featuring the voice talents of Tim Daly, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, and Lea Salonga.

Synopsis:

The classic Hayao Miyazaki movie My Neighbor Totoro is on Blu-ray (again) in a new Blu-ray plus DVD edition released by GKids, which has taken over home video distribution of the Studio Ghibli films from Disney.

My Neighbor Totoro is a favorite in my household. Of course, it’s a favorite in many households around the world, and its influence can be seen in many places, such as a cameo by a stuffed Totoro in Toy Story 3. My workplace even has a wall adorned with Totoro artwork.

I’ll confess, though, that when I first saw it, I didn’t appreciate this film as much as I do now. I was too focused on the narrative from a Western perspective – that is, I expected a
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Miyazaki Announces the Title of His "Last" Animated Movie

Seeing The Wind Rises in 2013 was a bittersweet experience. On one hand, it was yet another triumph from Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (above). On the other hand, it was reported to be his final film. Still, a part of me had a suspicion that like many artists, retirement simply wasn’t in the cards for Miyazaki. Shortly thereafter, rumblings out of Studio Ghibli (the animation studio Miyazaki co-founded in 1985) confirmed that the master was back to work. The Oscar-winning director behind such films as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro has now announced the title of his next feature-length project. While speaking at the opening of a new museum at Tokyo's Waseda University, Miyazaki took the opportunity to unveil a project of his own: Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru...

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This Last Jedi and My Neighbor Totoro Mashup is Adorable

This mashup of Porgs, the newest creature to be inducted into the Star Wars Universe, and My Neighbor Totoro is kind of interesting but unless you know about the latter the former is what you’re bound to fall into in terms of discussion. After all much of this piece is very Star Wars-related just because of the figures that are shown. Granted the scenery is all My Neighbor Totoro, but the Star Wars characters are impossible to not comment on. Porgs are supposedly small, bird-like things that inhabit the world upon which Luke Skywalker has taken refuge. It’s easy enough

This Last Jedi and My Neighbor Totoro Mashup is Adorable
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This Star Wars: The Last Jedi and My Neighbor Totoro Mashup is Glorious!

This awesomely adorable fan-made mashup of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and My Neighbor Totoro was created by artist Michael Pasquale. He calls it “My Neighbor Poporgo” and as you can see it features Rey, Bb-8, and a giant Prog in the place of Totoro waiting for the Catbus. It's been a long time since I've seen a piece of fan art that brought me as much joy and happiness as this piece has. I love it!

Those huge Porg plush inspired me. My Neighbor Poporgo...of course
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Guillermo del Toro’s On Set Nickname Inspires Adorable ‘Guillermo del Totoro’ Illustrations

Guillermo del Toro’s On Set Nickname Inspires Adorable ‘Guillermo del Totoro’ Illustrations
Whether he’s passionately lauding his fellow filmmakers’ new movies, or enlightening the masses on how to create the perfect movie monster, Guillermo del Toro’s accessible and friendly social media presence has earned the director admiration for more than just his movies. As if his cuddly figure and supportive opinions weren’t enough to endear him to cinephiles, now he has a perfectly fitting new nickname: Guillermo del Totoro.

The name was coined by child actor Mana Ashida, who played young Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) in del Toro’s 2013 monster movie, “Pacific Rim.” Ashida, who is Japanese, could not pronounce del Toro’s name, so she asked if she could call him “Totoro-san,” as a reference to Studio Ghibli’s “My Neighbor Totoro.” Del Toro confirmed the story a few days ago on Twitter, solidifying his place as one of the nicest directors in show business.

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Guillermo Del Toro Confirms Internet Rumor From 2013's Pacific Rim

There is no question that writer/director Guillermo Del Toro is adored by his fans and now we all have even more reason to admire the legendary filmmaker. Earlier this week, the director of The Shape Of Water confirmed something that allegedly happened on the set of his giant monster movie Pacific Rim.

Via Twitter, a fan asked Del Toro if he allowed one of his young cast members to address him "Totoro-san" similar to the cuddly anime forest spirit from the beloved Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro. Mana Ashida, who played the child version of Mako, had trouble pronouncing Del Toro’s name, so he gave her permission to call him that. The story has been floating around the internet for a while now, but Del Toro has officially confirmed it to be true.

@RealGDT is this true? I hope so because it's just lovely. pic.twitter.com
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Studio Ghibli Fest adds third dates for Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle

Following the overwhelming success of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, Fathom Events and Gkids have announced that they have added third dates to all remaining titles in Studio Ghibli Fest 2017.

The dates for the four remaining films – Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle – are as follows:

Castle In The Sky – August 27, 28, 30

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – September 24, 25, 27

Spirited Away – October 29, 30; November 1

Howl’s Moving Castle – November 26, 27, 29

Sunday presentations will be dubbed and shown at 12:55 p.m. local time. Monday showings will be subtitled and shown at 7:00 p.m. local time. Wednesday showings will be dubbed and shown at 7:00 p.m. local time.

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Tickets for the screenings can be purchased online by visiting www.GKIDStickets.com and www.FathomEvents.com
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Studio Ghibli Officially Reopens For New Hayao Miyazaki Movie

Where many animators might overtly simplify the visual elements of their animated movies, Hayao Miyazaki has always adhered to a painstakingly difficult process for his films.

The legendary Japanese director of such classics as “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “My Neighbor Totoro” has always been suspicious of computers and personally draws his own frames by hand, which number in the thousands per film.

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