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"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 […]

Miyazaki Week: Why "Princess Mononoke" is Not an Environmentalist Fable

One common criticism I’ve seen of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke is that it’s “environmentalist,” which is usually used to mean the sort of preachy, treacly, Earth First screed where people are Bad and nature is Good, end of story. Really, I have to wonder if we’re watching the same movie. While there is a healthy […]

Miyazaki Week: Yes, THAT'S Miyazaki, Too!

So, Hayao Miyazaki.  Quite possibly the most influential animator on the planet Earth right now.  Owner of too many international film awards to be counted here.  Lauded the world over for creating some of the best animated films of all time.  Director of a good few episodes of the Lupin III television show. Huh? Yep. […]

Miyazaki Week: "My Neighbor Totoro" as a Reverse Coming-of-Age Story

The coming of age story is a common plot in cinema, and in the works of Hayao Miyazaki in particular. The coming of age can be literal, as in Kiki’s Delivery Service, where the plot revolves around the title character reaching the age when she must strike out into the world and find her own […]

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