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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

Extras are a mixed bag. Naturally, you have both the Japanese and English dubs, but the mixed bag comes with the odd union of the new and the old. The Blu-Ray disc features the “World Of Ghibli” interactive feature as other Studio Ghibli releases by Disney do. The entire storyboard can be played in place […]

"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 […]

"Kiki's Delivery Service": It Must Be Witchcraft

Kiki’s Delivery Service is a beautifully crafted and utterly charming story, brimming with vibrant details and warm, sympathetic characters. It caresses the spirit like a warm, Saturday-afternoon-in-the-summertime breeze. It is modest and humane and delights at every turn. It is surely one the best, and brightest, and justifiably beloved films of the last twenty-five years. […]

New "Ponyo" Movie and Bonus Feature Video Clips

In conjunction with its upcoming release on DVD and Blu-ray disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has made several video clips from Ponyo available in streaming video: TEACHING PONYO FREE CAR RIDE PONYO RETURNS MOVIE TRAILER BONUS FEATURE: TELLING THE STORY PONYO AND FUJIMOTO In addition, The New York Times is the exclusive host for […]

Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter on "Ponyo"

In conjunction with its release on home video this week, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the following article and interview with Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter about Ponyo. In it, Miyazaki details some of the inspirations for Ponyo, why there is are no computer graphics in the movie at all, his rationale behind […]

"Starting Point: 1979-1996": A Look at the Unconventional Thinking of Hayao Miyazaki

Welcome to Toonzone's Miyazaki Week

To commemorate the release of Ponyo on DVD and Blu-ray on March 2, 2010, Toonzone is kicking off Miyazaki Week: 5 days of reviews and essays on the work of Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. OK, fine, that’s a business week, but “Miyazaki Business Week” sounds like a magazine. Work with us, here. To many fans […]

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