Hello, everyone. My personal Ghibli collection is currently online for viewing. The inventory features production cels used in the making of the films, official Ghibli museum items and approved publications. It does not represent the entirety of my collection, but I will update more items in the near future. I hope you enjoy the content as well as insight to obscure collecting items.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Toshio Suzuki at the Oscars for his Best Animated Feature nomination for The Wind Rises.
Producer: Miyazaki Wanted to Make ‘Ponyo 2’ Instead of The Wind Rises
Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki told an American audience on Friday that studio co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki wanted to make “Ponyo Part II” instead The Wind Rises. Suzuki was explaining the role of a Japanese anime producer to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ presentation for this year’s Animated Feature nominees.
Suzuki noted that Miyazaki said that he want to make a sequel to Ponyo, but Suzuki asked Miyazaki to adapt his own manga Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) instead. Academy presentation host (and Wreck-It Ralph's title voice actor) John C. Reilly drily noted that Suzuki did the exact opposite of what an American producer would have done.
Toshio Suzuki, producer of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film “The Wind Rises,” poses at a reception featuring the Oscar nominees in the Animated Feature Film category on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Benjamin Renner, a co-director of another Oscar-nominated film Ernest & Celestine, told the audience that he was not allowed to watch anime until he was an adult. The first Japanese animated work he watched was Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and that inspired him to go to film school. (Ernest & Celestine was his first project right out of film school.) He was visibly emotional when discussing about Miyazaki’s influence on his life, and had to pause in the middle of the discussion to compose himself.
When Reilly asked the directors and producers of the Oscar-nominated works to name the one seminal work that inspired them in animation, about half a dozen named Miyazaki’s films such as Totoro and Spirited Away.
Kingdom of Dreams & Madness Release Dates on DVD and Blu-ray
Walt Disney Japan have announced the release date of the documentary titled Kingdom of Dreams & Madness. The film directed by Mami Sunada will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 21, 2014. The production settings of The Wind Rises and The Tale of Princess Kaguya are documented through the perspective of Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki.
Title: Kingdom of Dreams & Madness
- Release Date: Wednesday, 21 May 2014
- Label: Studio Ghibli
- Time: Roughly 118 minutes
- Production: 2013 / Japan
- Price: 4,700 yen
- Specifications: One-sided, dual-layer / One / MPEG2 / Region 2
- Screen Size: 16:9 widescreen
Audio: Japanese (5.1ch Surround / Dolby Digital)
- Subtitle: Japanese, English
- Bonus: Unreleased footage (32 minutes), short films (2 minutes), theatrical trailer
Price: 5,800 yen
- Specifications: BD50 / One / MPEG-4AVC
- Screen Size: 16:9 widescreen / 1920 x 1080 Full HD
- Audio: Japanese (5.1ch Surround / DTS-HD Master Audio ™ (Lossless))
- Subtitle: Japanese, English
Bonus: Unreleased footage (32 minutes), short films (2 minutes), theatrical trailer
Note: You can pre-order at Amazon Japan for 6,090 yen.
Legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki has created a last masterpiece
Not everyone retires in the way filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki does. His thoughtful, beautiful and paradoxical new animation, The Wind Rises, just released in Australian cinemas, is said to be his swansong. When it had its world premiere in Venice last year, there was an official announcement that the co-founder of Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli had directed his final movie.
Yet Miyazaki, 73, has a singular notion of retirement. ”He keeps coming to the studio, just like he has been doing for many years,” says Ghibli president Koji Hoshino, who has been asked many times about what the announcement means, and whether Miyazaki will be back directing again. ”Is he working on an animation? No. But he’s been the chief of this studio for many years, and the way that he works remains the same. He is not going to direct feature animations any more, but his role, working for Ghibli Museum or coming to chat with other animators or staff, means that he still comes in Monday through Saturday.
”We all adore him, we respect him and we enjoy chatting with him all the time, so that’s the basis of his influence, the way he operates.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Loves How Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Celebrates the Magic of Normal, Everyday Life
He’s helped Batman battle Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Not to mention going toe-to-toe with the G.I. Joes in The Rise of Cobra. He’s even braved multiple levels of the human subconscious in Inception.
So given that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten so good at doing the action-hero thing in these big budget blockbusters, one might wonder why he’d then be so eager to voice a desk-bound aeronautical engineer in The Wind Rises. But Joseph has a two word answer to that question: Hayao Miyazaki.
"Ever since I first discovered his films back in the late 1990s, I’ve been a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki," Gordon-Levitt said during a recent phone interview. "So when Frank Marshall reached out in the Fall of 2013 and then asked me if I’d like to come voice the central character in what was supposed to be this Japanese animation master’s very last full-length animated feature, I immediately jumped at the chance.”
And given that Joseph had done animation voicework previously (He voiced the Jim Hawkins character in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2002 release, Treasure Planet. Not to mention voicing Cobra Commander for the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra video game), Gordon-Levitt thought that he knew what he was getting into when he signed up to do The Wind Rises. But when this 33-year-old stepped into the recording booth, he then found himself facing a whole new set of technical challenges.
"When you’re recording the English-language version of a Japanese movie, getting things to sync up properly with the already-finished animation can sometimes be tricky. First and foremost, you always want to make sure that you’re getting the underlying emotion of each scene across," Joseph explained. "But at the same time, you also have to make sure that the dialogue that’s been written for the English translation of this film actually matches up with the animation up there on screen. Which can often be quite challenging. But I find that — when you insert a technical challenge like this into the creative process — you often inspire unexpected creative choices which can then be quite cool."
So how did Gordon-Levitt prepare for this project? Did he do any research on Jirō Horikoshi, the aircraft engineer who helped design the Mitsubishi A6M Reisen “Zero”, the aircraft that many Japanese pilots flew in World War II? Surprisingly, no.
Only Yesterday (1991)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
The Greatest Living Animation Director Explains Why He’s Retiring
In a rare interview, Hayao Miyazaki talks about why his latest movie The Wind Rises — which is opening with an English-language version in the U.S. this weekend — is also his last.
When The Simpsons paid tribute to animation legend Hayao Miyazaki in January, the video quickly went viral, becoming the third most viewed Simpsons clip on YouTube ever, with nearly 10 million views.
Miyazaki, however, was not one of them.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t seen that,” the 73-year-old filmmaker told BuzzFeed earlier this month, in a video call conducted with a Japanese translator. “Actually, I don’t watch that much TV,” he added with a laugh. “I don’t know how to use the internet, as well. Someone gave me an electronic dictionary, and I’m just trying to find out how to use it right now.”
Anyone familiar with Miyazaki’s astonishing body of work will recognize in that answer one of the central themes of his films: the tension between a simpler way of life — where one looks up words in old fashioned dictionaries — and the relentless drive of technological progress. That theme is malevolently present in Miyazaki’s medieval fantasy Princess Mononoke, the first of his films that most Americans saw in a movie theater when it opened in a limited release in 1999. That theme is woven into the fanciful world of Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award in 2002 for Best Animated Feature Film, and is the highest grossing film of all time in Japan. And that theme is even front and center in one of Miyazaki’s earliest features, 1984’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, an adaptation of one of his popular manga comic books.
It is a theme that is most heartbreakingly present in Miyazaki’s latest feature animated film, The Wind Rises — which, he announced last fall, is also his last. A historical epic based largely on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the aeronautical engineering genius behind Japan’s deadly Zero fighter plane in World War II, the film’s elegiac tone certainly makes for a fitting culmination to Miyazaki’s 50-year career. (The film, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, opens in the U.S. today in limited release, with an English-language dub featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mae Whitman, and Mandy Patinkin.) It wasn’t until Miyazaki had completed the film, however, that he says he realized he would retire from feature filmmaking.
“I really felt that this was the maximum that I could give to produce an animated film,” he said. “The work of animation is building up bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar. I felt I wouldn’t be able to put [up] another brick.”