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.”
1st pictures of next Studio Ghibli film Omoide no Marnie, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arietty).
Ghibli Museum Short; 水グモもんもん
Before the production of Princess Mononoke, a project titled Boro, the Caterpillar was considered for a feature release. The producer, Toshio Suzuki, noted that Miyazaki “is getting old” and a chance of doing an action film in the future would be none. So Suzuki pursued Miyazaki to initiate the Princess Mononoke project. A few years later, a story of a small creature living in a vast world still lingered in Miyazaki’s imagination. Thus, he written and directed a fifteen-minute short titled Mizugumo Monmon (Water Spider Monmon); a diving bell spider who fell in love with a water strider.
A track from a Ghibli Museum short, Water Spider Monmon.
Studio Ghibli Fanart iPhone 5 Backgrounds / Please click on image for source
The long-standing ‘Lupin’ franchise is already in the editing stage after filming began last October and with it not due out till August of this year, fans have been given some tasty info on what’s in store in terms of character design and, importantly, its story.
The Oricon Style site outlined the film’s plot, as it promised to remain faithful to Monkey Punch’s original manga that started way back in 1967, but is set to incorporate a new, original story as well. The mixture of the two should succeed in attracting newer fans to the tale of the infamous thief and should satisfy the hardcore demographic with the respect of its source material.
The story will focus on Lupin himself as well as his associates prior to them forming into a gang. The plot revolves around them infiltrating a secure, safe-like fortress in order to steal the Crimson Heart of Cleopatra. Whoever is in possession of said artefact is alleged to have the power to unite the world… Surely this power can only be perceived as a good thing, but apart from that there’s still very little out there in regards to the movie’s content.
Not only has this brief synopsis been revealed, but its character visuals were unveiled with a series of individual images of the main characters. Monkey Punch was initially impressed, too, stating: “Looks good. This is going to be quite a movie.”
Starring Shun Oguri as Lupin, the actor embarked on a strict exercise and combat regime to lose weight for the role and, as you can see from the image, is sporting the red velvet jacket and yellow necktie from the second series of the anime show.