The 2005 Disney edition of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro was my introduction to one of the most charming and heartwarming films from Academy Award winning director Hayao Miyazaki. It follows two sisters whose family moves to the countryside to be closer to their mother… Read More »Studio Ghibli building My Neighbor Totoro theme park
Artist “dono” uploaded a beautiful tribute to animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Using 3D animation tools, Miyazaki’s world has been rendered in three dimensions adding incredible depth to these already moving scenes. If you’re just being introduced to Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki do yourself a… Read More »Fantastic tribute to Hayao Miyazaki
My wife was out of town last week, which meant many things, but mainly that the DVR was off limits because it stores countless episodes of “our shows” and, as you know, “our shows” cannot be watched by “just me.” However, please note that it does fall within accepted social graces to watch any given show in its entirety despite my wife falling asleep on the couch well before the third act. I have this in writing.
But I digress. It was Sunday, she was gone, it was raining, and the boys and I were literally stuck to the sofa for hours—not “literally” by its original definition, but “literally” like people use it now, previously known as “figuratively.” English is a living language! Also, our couch is pretty gross.
We had three new Disney Blu-ray releases from Studio Ghibli, and pizza on the way. We were set. We watched all of the movies: Pom Poko, Tales From Earthsea, and Porco Rosso, in that order, and this is what we thought:
Pom Poko (PG), directed by Isao Takahata, is the classic battle between man and nature, where nature equals shape-shifting raccoons. Fun fact, they are only called raccoons in the U.S. version. A bit of real-time research (see, Google) revealed that they are actually called raccoon dogs. Why was I researching Pom Poko in the middle of the movie? For the same reason you will, because a good portion of the film had us asking “Is that?” and “What am I looking at?” and “Daddy, are those . . .” and yes, yes they are. Read More »A Look at Three New Disney Blu-ray Releases From Studio Ghibli
Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, was in Hollywood this weekend to receive a Lifetime Achievement Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. John Lasseter, chief creative office at Disney and Pixar, introduced the master calling him “the most original… Read More »Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki Awarded Honorary Oscar
Sad news from Japan. Studio Ghibli has announced that with the completion of their most recent film, they will be closing the animation department, at least temporarily, and become a smaller studio focused on their existing properties. They don’t rule out making new films in… Read More »Studio Ghibli to pause, re-evaluate its future
Editor: Please welcome new guest author Jeff Birou! Last week, Disney, through its North American distribution partnership with Japan’s Studio Ghibli, released three more titles from Ghibli’s catalog on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray: The Secret World of Arrietty (2010; 2011 in… Read More »Disney Releases Three Studio Ghibli Films on Blu-Ray
The Secret World of Arrietty is the next film from Studio Ghibli to be released in the US by Disney. Based on Mary Norton‘s fantasy novel “The Borrowers,” it already has quite a fan base online.
While Hayao Miyazaki was involved in the film, it is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Dubbing of voices features the talents of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias.
Arrietty opens in theaters Feb. 17, 2012. Two more photos below the jump:
I had posted on Facebook a few days ago how watching (or re-watching as the case may be) movies from Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki was helping me stay grounded while watching the wall to wall disaster porn that cable news channels had been serving… Read More »Nausicaa & EarthSea – Two Studio Ghibli DVDs are more timely than ever