Gkids Releases The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Studio Ghibli’s film The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which was directed by Isao Takahata,  will be released in the U.S. this fall.  Gkids have bought the rights to the film and also the theatrical, non-theatrical, home video and television rights in North America.  This agreement was done between Eric Beckman from Gkids and Geoffrey Wexler from Studio Ghibli.  The film will be  released in theaters and eligible to receive an Oscar amongst other awards.

The same crew who created the english versions of The Wind Rises and From Up on Poppy Hill will do the same for The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The film is about the life of Princess Kaguya  beginning from when she was a baby to her adulthood.  This is Takahata’s first film in fourteen years since he directed Grave of the Fireflies.

Upcoming Film: When Marnie Was There

Hiromasa Yonebayashi will be directing Studio Ghibli’s next film When Marnie  Was There which is based off of author Joan G. Robinson’s children book. Read the full post »

Toshio Suzuki Announces Retirement

First Hayao Miyazaki announces his retirement in September of 2013 and now Toshio Suzuki.  This is just more bad news for Studio Ghibli fans such as myself.  Suzuki helped Miyazaki establish Studio Ghibli in 1985 and has been there with him ever since.  He has served as a producer for a number of films such as Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, Howls Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, etc.  There is some good news and that is Suzuki won’t be entirely gone from Studio Ghibli.  He will take the role as general manager and Yoshiaki Nishimura will take his place as the new producer.

UPDATE:  Toshio Suzuki will not be retiring as producer for Studio Ghibli.  It has been reported by Cinema Today in Japan that this information is not true.

Behind the Scenes of The Wind Rises

This video shows the voices behind the characters of Miyazaki’s stunning film The Wind Rises.  Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt who voices Jiro Horikoshi, Emily Blunt (Nahoko Satomi), John Krasinski (Honjo), and others as they record their voices for the making of the film.

Studio Ghibli’s First TV Series

ronnia-the-robbers-daughterGoro Miyazaki, who is the son of famed director Hayao Miyazaki, will direct the new anime series called Ronia the Robber’s Daughter.  It will be based on the children’s book of the same name by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Read the full post »

The Wind Rises Wins Annie Award

Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece The Wind Rises has won an Annie Award for Best Writing in an Animated Film.  It has also won a well deserved number of awards for Best Animated Film which are from the:

Chicago Film Critics Association

New York Film Critics Circle

Boston Society of Film Critics

San Diego Film Critics Society

Toronto Film Critics Association

Online Film Critics Society

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Hayao Miyazaki’s Reason for Retirement

Hayao Miyazaki is still dedicated to creating classic anime films but sadly his body just can’t keep up anymore.  Miyazaki stated that his poor vision and age are the major reasons as to why he’s calling it quits for good in the world of animation. Read the full post »