John Lasseter’s office and his incredible collection of Studio Ghibli memorabilia.
What would you like to see? It can be paired with Ghibli to Ghibli, Ghibli to Disney, Ghibli to other anime series/characters, etc. Here is an example of a Ghibli to Ghibli crossover.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
One of the great names in Japanese animation, Isao Takahata, kicks off Annecy 2014 with a screening of his latest film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
Organizers for the 2014 edition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival have announced that one of the great names in Japanese animation, Isao Takahata, will kick off the festival with a screening of his latest film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The screening is set for Monday, June 9, with Takahata in attendance. Annecy runs this year June 9-14, 2014.
The feature has been adapted from a founding text of Japanese literature that tells the story of a tiny princess, Kaguya, “the shining princess,” who is found in a bamboo stalk. She quickly turns into a beautiful young woman, who is coveted by the greatest princes ready to face impossible challenges to win her hand.
Isao Takahata decided on a particular artistic look for this film, where the characters are simply drawn in colored pencils and set in watercolor backgrounds.
Annecy 2014 will be giving Isao Takahata an Honorary Award to celebrate his career and contribution to animation.
“Filmmaker of an exceptional scale, Mr. Takahata is also a great humanist whose work has become a reference for those who believe in the greatness of animation as a cinematic art form,” commented Festival Artistic Director Marcel Jean.
Born in 1935 and a fan of the work of Jacques Prévert and Paul Grimault, Isao Takahata started out at the Toei Animation studio in 1959. He then took part in the creation of Studio Ghibli in 1985, with Hayao Miyazaki, who he has been working with since the end of the 60s. Some of his highly acclaimed features include Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Pompoko (1994) and My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999).
Apparently, someone is unhappy at Studio Ghibli these days with one of the posters that are lining the studio’s walls. And who might that be? It’s none other than the studio’s co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki, and the poster he’s upset about happens to be the one for Ghibli’s upcoming release, When Marnie Was There. But what doesn’t Miyazaki like about this seemingly beautifully illustrated poster?
The poster in question features a colored sketch by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who will be directing the new movie, which is based on the children’s book of the same title by British author Joan G. Robinson. Now, to us, the picture in the poster seems perfectly lovely, but according to Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura’s comments in a recent press conference, Miyazaki has been voicing his opinion that using the image of a pretty little blond girl to get people’s attention is “just plain outdated and cheesy“. Nishimura also added that it has never been their intention to catch people’s attention that way with the poster, and we tend to agree with him, seeing as the illustration just seems to be a depiction of one of the principal characters in the movie.
With 2013 having been a big year for Ghibli, with the release of two films as well as Miyazaki’s retirement announcement, you can expect that all eyes will be on how the new movie does, especially as it will be the first ever feature-length film by Ghibli to be created without direct involvement by either Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, director of last year’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya and other Ghibli works such as Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday.
That means the pressure definitely will be on for Yonebayashi to create a masterpiece, but based on what people have been saying on the Internet, he does seem to have the material going for him — in this case, a story that involves an interesting young female lead who goes through a significant growing experience, combined with a dash of the supernatural, which should be right up Studio Ghibli’s alley.
Regardless of Miyazaki’s opinion on the poster for the movie, the film is bound to receive plenty of attention when it hits theaters on July 19. We’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing what the “new” Ghibli has in store for us!
Porco Rosso (1992)
24 Day Studio Ghibli Challenge: Day 13 → Powerful Message
Princess Mononoke is one of the few feature films that strongly execute many omnipotent beings in various angles: Eboshi, the ruler of Iron Town; Ashitaka, the exiled prince; Moro, the wolf goddess; Okkoto-nushi, the boar god; and lastly, The Forest God. Majority of their agendas are neither beneficiary nor destructive in a singular viewpoint – leading to a never-ending cycle of fruitless bloodshed. In the end, both parties learn that brutality will not resolve their differences.
In December 2013, Studio Ghibli co-founders Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki went to visit Pixar and was warmly greeted by John Lasseter.
One of my biggest dreams came true and I can finally share it with you!! I’m writing and singing the end theme song to the next Studio Ghibli film “When Marnie Was There” coming out this Summer!!! - Priscilla Ahn
16-year-old actress Sara Takatsuki (Black President, Otomen, GTO, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Haganai) and 21-year-old actress Kasumi Arimura (Amachan, Hagane no Onna, Clover, Judge) will star in Studio Ghibli's next film, this summer's anime adaptation of Joan G. Robinson's English children's novel classic When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie). Oricon describes the film as Ghibli’s first one with dual lead heroines, and it is also the first animated title and first Ghibli title for both actresses.
American musical artist Priscilla Ahn is contributing “Fine on the Outside,” a song she wrote when she was in high school, as the film’s theme song. It is Ghibli’s first theme song entirely in English. (Only Yesterday used a Japanese version of “The Rose,” while Whisper of the Heart used both the original English version of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and a Japanese translation.) The film is also Ghibli’s first anime feature after Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki retired.
Amazon posted a publisher’s description of the original novel:
Anna hasn’t a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn’t all she seems…An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna’s first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed…
In his second film, director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (2010’s The Secret World of Arrietty) is shifting the setting from the novel’s Great Britain to a Japanese village on the shores of Hokkaido. Takatsuki will play the 12-year-old Anna (written in kanji characters), while Arimura will play Marnie, the mysterious golden-haired girl who appears before Anna one summer.
About 300 candidates auditioned for the roles of the heroines at the end of last year. The film will open in Japan on July 19. Disney happened to have just released Frozen, its first animated feature with dual lead heroines (one of which was named Anna). Marnie producer Yoshiaki Nishimura said there was a time in film history where “the flawless hero saves the woman,” followed by a time for films where “the woman supports the troubled hero.” Now, he said, 2014 is the time when “the man doesn’t have to save the woman.”