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Studio Ghibli Reportedly To Quit Making Feature Films

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This summer, there’s a new Studio Ghibli movie. According to one reported insider, it could be Ghibli’s last.

Studio Ghibli is best known for iconic anime like My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Last year, the creator of many of Ghibli’s best known works, Hayao Miyazaki, retired from making feature animated films.

The purported insider told Japanese site News Cafe that Ghibli’s latest release, When Marnie Was There, “seems like it will be the last [from Studio Ghibli].” The article appeared on Rakuten, one of Japan’s largest web portals. That being said, this is an unconfirmed rumor.

As the insider explained, there was scuttlebutt of the studio’s dissolution last year after Miyazaki retired once completing The Wind Rises. Then, this past spring, longtime Ghibli producer and studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki also stepped down from producing films. He is now Ghibli’s general manager.


“From here on, it appears as though this won’t be a studio that makes new works, but instead, manages its copyrights.”

So, Studio Ghibli won’t be creating new animated works, but rather, making money off the anime its created so far.

The insider added animated films required tremendous amounts of money, so there is pressure for the films to be successful so Ghibli can cover its costly production expenses as well as, I’d imagine, remain healthy and profitable. By the insider’s count, each film apparently needs to make at least ten billion yen (US$100 million) to cover all its production costs as well as, I’d imagine, turn a healthy profit. Even with a relatively small staff, the insider puts Ghibli’s annual labor expenses at supposedly two billion yen ($19.7 million). Note: These numbers are unconfirmed.

Last fall, the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s largest papers, reported that while other animation studios have shipped jobs overseas to save money, Studio Ghibli had hired more permanent full-time employees in Japan, making the films incredibly expensive to make. Asahi reports that even though The Wind Rises had made 9.23 billion yen ($91 million), the film had apparently yet to turn a profit. The Tale of Princess Kaguya, apparently, cost even more to create.

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya from director Isao Takahata made 5.1 billion yen ($50 million), and for the studio, it was a flop," the source told News Cafe. "There’s no choice but to dissolve the studio, because it’s unable cross the high hurdle of announcing a new film on an annual basis."

A bright point is that Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, is directing Ghibli’s first animated TV series, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter. The computer animated series is a co-production, however, with Polygon Pictures and will debut this fall. The dark cloud is that back in 2010, Hayao Miyazaki did mention breaking up the studio.

"Suzuki-san is making a dissolution program for Ghibli," Miyazaki told Cut Magazine (via Bleeding Cool and Nausicaa.net). "No joke, we talked about it the other day. For example, Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say ‘We stop film production. Goodbye’. I do not have to be there."

The latest Studio Ghibli film When Marnie Was There was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and recently released in Japan. Let’s hope it’s not the last Studio Ghibli film.

Kotaku has reached out to Studio Ghibli regarding this latest rumor and will update this story should the studio comment.

マーニーがラスト? ジブリが解散?! [Infoseek]

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The Teddy Bear Museum 那須 テディベア · ミュージアム Nasu

"Located in the town of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, this small museum offers one of the largest and most exotic collections of the world. At the entrance a huge talker Teddy welcomes visitors and enables step for this curious collection. In the quarter we find old teddy bears and more current versions who dress like Indiana Jones or Batman. One of the most prized possessions of the museum is the Teddy Edward collection, based on the books of Patrick and Mollie Mathews and featuring teddy trips to locations around the world.

The second floor of the exhibition features the huge Nekobasu (ネコバス), who welcomes us willing to take that dream world. The exhibition includes material on "Tonari no Totoro" (となりのトトロ), but the real star is only a few steps away. A huge stuffed Totoro (almost 3 meters high) that expects us to be embraced and perpetuate the moment with a photograph (umbrella borne by the museum). It is then that one would like to be small again and recover from a kick all the magic.

The details are everywhere. The Makurokurosuke, soot sprites that appear at the beginning of the film, hanging from the ceiling of the second floor and another version of Nekobasu invites large and small to get on him to embark on a magical journey. The essence lies in the forest where Totoro is concentrated in this small museum, located just a few kilometers north of Tokyo. Isn’t it beautiful?”

(I google translated and edited this article because i thought it was pretty great :D )

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Artsy references from the Animators desk in the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka.

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'When Marnie Was There' Official Japanese Trailer

Or you can view the 1080p version here.


English translation:


Anna: In this world, there’s a magic circle that no one else can see. There’s an inside and outside to that circle, and I’m one of the outsiders. But that doesn’t matter. I… hate myself. 
Text: I’m waiting for you at that creek. Forever… 
Text: A work by director Hiromasa Yonebayashi 
Text: Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There) 
Marnie: Are you OK? 
Anna: Yeah. 
Anna: Are you really a human? You look exactly like the girl who appeared in my dream… 
Marnie: Dream? This isn’t a dream. 
Marnie: Hey, please promise me. Let’s keep our friendship a secret. 
Anna: Yeah. It’s a secret. Forever. 
Text: I love you so much. 
Anna: Marnie… That’s too cruel! 
Marnie: Anna! My beloved Anna! 
Anna: Why did you leave me!? Why did you betray me!? 
Marnie: Anna, please! Please tell me you forgive me! 
Anna: Of course I forgive you! I like you! Marnie! 
Text: Omoide no Marnie: When Marnie Was There

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Studio Ghibli’s ‘Tale of Princess Kaguya’ joins this year’s Oscar race

The Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race is slowly coming together. Big dogs like “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “The LEGO Movie” have already bowed, while Fox (“The Book of Life”) and Focus (“The Boxtrolls”) have rolled out footage presentations in recent weeks to stay top of mind. One film we’ve been assuming would have a place in the 2014 line-up is GKIDS’ “Tale of Princess Kaguya” from Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. We were just waiting for a release date announcement — and now we have it.

The indie animation distributor announced today that the film would receive a theatrical release starting on Oct. 17 with a national expansion to follow. Also part of the announcement was the revelation of the English-language voice cast for the film, which includes Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss and Lucy Liu.

Isao Takahata’s film was released in Japan last November and rolled out to Hong Kong in January before playing the Cannes Film Festival in May. It wasn’t widely reviewed from the fest, though Variety’s stringer called it “a visionary tour-de-force,” so of course GKIDS is pimping that quote in the press release.

Based on a classic Japanese folktale, “Kaguya” tells the story of a tiny girl found inside a stalk of bamboo who grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. It could be a player in the race, but even internally, it will be competing with GKIDS’ own “Song of the Sea” from Oscar-nominated director Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”). Indeed, I expect we’ll hear a 2014 release date for that one announced in due time.

Then again, the distributor picked up two nominations just a couple of years ago for “Chico & Rita” and “A Cat in Paris” in the same season, so you never can tell how the animators might take to the films they manage to push into the limelight. GKIDS is, as ever, an underdog worth keeping an eye on.

Anime Fans, Don’t Miss These Studio Ghibli Exhibits

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This week, a special exhibit opened in Tokyo. If you like anime, namely Studio Ghibli, it is not to be missed. Neither is the one opening later this month.

The exhibit features the structures, the architecture, and the environments that appear in Studio Ghibli’s films. This is a close-up look at the animated world the studio has created. On display, there are sketches and designs as well as background art and miniature dioramas.

I freaking love dioramas.

Below, you can see photos of the exhibit, courtesy Japanese site Netlab.

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GKIDS announces voice cast and US theatrical release date for Isao Takahata’s ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ Chloe Grace Moretz will voice the title character in The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, the latest animated pic from Studio Ghibli, the company co-founded by Japan animation icons Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain also have signed up for the film, which GKIDS acquired in March to release in the U.S. The indie distributor, which has four Best Animated Feature nominations since 2010, has set an October 17 release date timed to maximize awards-season play.More: www.deadline.com

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GKIDS announces voice cast and US theatrical release date for Isao Takahata’s ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’

Chloe Grace Moretz will voice the title character in The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, the latest animated pic from Studio Ghibli, the company co-founded by Japan animation icons Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain also have signed up for the film, which GKIDS acquired in March to release in the U.S. The indie distributor, which has four Best Animated Feature nominations since 2010, has set an October 17 release date timed to maximize awards-season play.

More: www.deadline.com