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Hayao Miyazaki's 'My Neighbor Totoro' Gets China Release Date

Hayao Miyazaki's 'My Neighbor Totoro' Gets China Release Date
Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro) will be the first Studio Ghibli film to get a theatrical release in China, on Dec. 14, the 30th anniversary of the much-loved anime's debut.

The digitally restored anime will have a subtitled Japanese original and a Chinese dubbed version for its China release, according to Chinese movie website Mtime, which reported in September that a local distributor was also negotiating the release of other Studio Ghibli productions.

Set in postwar rural Japan, My Neighbor Totoro is the story of two young daughters of a professor who encounter woodland spirits.

The film,...
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Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Career Achievement Award From Los Angeles Film Critics

Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Career Achievement Award From Los Angeles Film Critics
Animation director Hayao Miyazaki will be honored by The Los Angeles Film Critics Association with a Career Achievement Award at the organization’s annual awards dinner Jan. 12 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Calif.

Lafca’s other top awards will be voted by the membership Dec. 9, and those winners will be honored along with Miyazaki at the dinner.

Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away (which won the 2002 Lafca Award for best animation), My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle; the director is co-founder of Japan’s Studio Ghibli.

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My Neighbor Totoro: 30th Anniversary Edition set for release in November

StudioCanal has announced that it is set to release the Studio Ghibli classic My Neighbor Totoro as a limited edition 30th anniversary box set this November.

My Neighbor Totoro: 30th Anniversary Edition Box Set includes a Doubleplay (DVD and Blu-ray) edition of the film, packed in a deluxe oversized rigid box with brand new exclusive artwork and holographic numbering. Packaged with a 176-page hardback The Art Of My Neighbor Totoro book, the Box Set also includes artcards, a 16’ x 24’ poster featuring original Japanese theatrical artwork, a premium heavy cotton tote bag, a Magnetic sticker set and a Hardback My Neighbor Totoro Notebook, all exclusive to the 30th Anniversary Edition.

While their mother recovers from an illness, Satsuki and her little sister Mei (voiced in English by Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning) get away from it all in an idyllic rural retreat. Far from the bustle of the city, they
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Have Your Say: My Neighbor Totoro Versus Grave Of The Fireflies

Thirty years ago, then-fledgling animation factory Studio Ghibli released two new feature films, each starring two children: the gentle fantasy tale My Neighbor Totoro and the harsh war drama Grave of the Fireflies. Both films initially opened to great critical reviews but tepid box offices, yet in time both grew in popularity, to become legendary entries in their fields. Few films, animated or not, can match the accolades these two titles have gathered over the past three decades. One is without a doubt one of the most re-watchable, uplifting films ever created, and just thinking about it makes you feel better already. The other has been called "suicide-inducing" and "the perfect way to destroy your evening", not because it's bad, but because it delivers such...

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‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Getting Impressive Blu-ray Set for 30th Anniversary

Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki's animation classic My Neighbor Totoro is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, Studio Ghibli has partnered with Gkids, a Shout! Factory label, for a new My Neighbor Totoro Blu-ray box set.

The upcoming My Neighbor Totoro 30th anniversary limited edition Blu-ray set is packaged in an "elegant hard slipcase." Within that case and alongside the Blu-ray is a new 40-page art and essays book, and the film’s soundtrack on CD -- the first time it's been available in North America.

Within the pages of the 40-page book are new essays by The New York Times’ film critic A.O. Scott and film writer Lauren Wilford. Director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki provide statements, and other surprises are in store.

Inclusive bonus features included on Blu-ray are as follows:

Behind the Microphone

Creating My Neighbor Totoro

Creating the Characters
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30th Anniversary Edition of My Neighbor Totoro From Gkids And Shout! This December

Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro is one of, if not the most beloved family animation of all time. This year is is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary and to mark the occassion Gkids is packaging their local release with some neat extras. The soundtrack for Totoro comes in the package, making it available for the first time in North America. A new forty page book, full of art and essays, will be included as well. Shout! Factory will distribute this special edition on December 11th, just in time to help the Ghibli fan in your family celebrate the holidays. Acclaimed Studio Ghibli Animated Feature My Neighbor Totoro Arrives In Collector’S 30th Anniversary Edition Set In Limited Quantities Only December 11, 2018 From Gkids,...

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'My Neighbor Totoro' Set as First Studio Ghibli Release in China

Studio Ghibli films look set to get their first full theatrical release in China, beginning with Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro), which is celebrating 30 years since it bowed in Japan.

"We've already sold the rights to My Neighbor Totoro to our Chinese partner Scla, but there are various processes they have to go through to release it in China; it's in their hands now," a spokesperson for Studio Ghibli's foreign sales department told The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, which has recently been digitally restored, is set to be released toward the end of this ...
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Board the Catbus to See ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Back in Theaters for Its 30th Anniversary

Board the Catbus to See ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Back in Theaters for Its 30th Anniversary
The Catbus is taking us on a jaunt back in time for My Neighbor Totoro‘s 30th anniversary. My Neighbor Totoro returns to theaters for three days only in celebration of the Studio Ghibli classic, which introduced many Western audiences to animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Fathom Events is bringing My Neighbor Totoro back to theaters in honor of the whimsical […]

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My Neighbor Totoro Returns to Theaters This Fall for 30th Anniversary

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My Neighbor Totoro Returns to Theaters This Fall for 30th Anniversary
It's one of the greatest animated movies of all time. Now, younger fans who missed in back in the 80s will finally get to see My Neighbor Totoro on the big screen, where it was meant to be seen. It is one of 1988's best movies, and now thirty years later, it has withstood the test of time to become a timeless classic.

Throughout 2018, Gkids and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured animated features to U.S. cinemas. Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 gives fans an opportunity to see nine of Studio Ghibli's celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

My Neighbor Totoro is the story of Satsuki and her sister Mei who move
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Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro receiving 30th anniversary theatrical release

Gkids and Fathom Events have announced that they are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece My Neighbor Totoro with a special theatrical release as part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2018.

My Neighbor Totoro is the story of Satsuki and her sister Mei who move with their father to a new home in the countryside where they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece featuring the voices of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, in a classic tale of magic and adventure for the whole family.
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Annecy Film Review: ‘Mirai’

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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

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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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