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Review: Magic Found in "Howl's Moving Castle" Blu-ray

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That voyage of personal discovery is expressed in the spirited Sophie and the moody Howl, and the way each of them pulls in the other. Sophie is another in a long line of strong, well-defined female leads in Miyazaki-san’s films, made even more unusual by her age. This is a film that would never get […]

PR: Studio Ghibli's "From Up on Poppy Hill" Opens to $57,585 Box Office on Two NYC Screens

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STUDIO GHIBLI’S FROM UP ON POPPY HILL OPENS TO $57,585 BOX OFFICE ON TWO NYC SCREENS **** #1 FEATURE FILM OPENING OF THE YEAR FOR BOTH IFC CENTER & ELINOR BUNIN MUNROE FILM CENTER POPPY HILL OPENS LOS ANGELES AND TORONTO 3/22 EXPANDS TO MULTIPLE N. AMERICAN MARKETS STARTING 3/29 WITH CONTINUED EXPANSION THROUGHOUT APRIL […]

NY Times Looks at Making "From Up on Poppy Hill"

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The New York Times has examined the making of From Up on Poppy Hill, the latest film from Studio Ghibli directed by Goro Miyazaki from an adapted screenplay by his father Hayao Miyazaki. In the article, the younger Miyazaki discusses some of the artistic influences in the film and inspirations for some of its key […]

Studio Ghibli Announces Hayao Miyazaki's "Kaze Tachinu" and Isao Takahata's "Kaguya-hime no Monogatari" Features for Summer 2013

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Crunchyroll relays Studio Ghibli’s traditional December 13 announcement of new films this year, with both studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata slated to release films in the same season (the first time since the double-bill of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies). Miyazaki’s feature is Kaze Tachinu, based on Miyazaki’s manga and […]

PR: GKIDS' Studio Ghibli Animation Retrospective Returns to NYC IFC Center from November 16 - December 20, 2012

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: GKIDS’ STUDIO GHIBLI ANIMATION RETROSPECTIVE RETURNS TO NYC’S IFC CENTER FOR FIVE WEEKS   CASTLES IN THE SKY MIYAZAKI, TAKAHATA AND THE MASTERS OF STUDIO GHIBLI 15 FILMS FROM 1984 TO 2009 INCLUDING HAYAO MIYAZAKI MASTERPIECES “SPIRITED AWAY” “PRINCESS MONONOKE” “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” “CASTLE IN THE SKY”   AND WEEK-LONG THEATRICAL […]

Review: "Mia and the Migoo" Is Miyazaki Minus the Magic

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With its child heroine, its fantastical plot, and its strong environmental message, Mia and the Migoo will immediately remind viewers of the work of Hayao Miyazaki (whose name even appears to be referenced in the title character). Alas, this animated French film resembles Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest and other ecologically-minded Hollywood animated fare more […]

"Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind": Taicho Planet and the Planeteers

"My Neighbor Totoro" - A True Masterpiece from a True Master

The real problem in attempting to write a review of Hayao Miayzaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is the nagging fear that the English language doesn’t contain enough superlatives to properly convey how truly wonderful the movie is. I do not exaggerate when I say that I believe My Neighbor Totoro is one of the best movies […]

"Ponyo": Waves of Cute on a High Quality Blu-ray

Ponyo is one of those films a mere review can’t do justice to. Oh sure, I can try to explain how beautiful the painted backdrops are, how meticulous the animation is in replicating real physical actions (not to mention how stunning the environmental effects are), and how the story is engaging without your typical “three […]

"Castle In The Sky": Lofty Goals?

Legends speak of a castle, sailing high through the air, known as Laputa. One man has seen the island and lived to tell about it, but his crazy stories have left him an outcast. His son means to find this island in order to prove his father right, and he may get his wish after […]

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