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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 […]

Screen Crave Interviews John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki on "Ponyo"

Screen Crave has posted an interview with Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and Disney’s John Lasseter on Ponyo, Miyazaki’s latest movie which will premiere in the United States on August 14, 2009. Among other topics, Miyazaki discusses how close the movie is to him and what he thinks of the English versions of his films; Lasseter […]

"Variety" Spotlight on Hayao Miyazaki

Variety has posted a host of articles focusing on Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, in advance of his appearance at the San Diego Comic Con International 2009 and the North American premiere of his latest movie Ponyo. Included are articles on the efforts to raise Miyazaki’s profile (and Ponyo’s box office receipts), comments from his […]

VIZ Media Announces "Ponyo" Tie-in Books, Miyazaki "Starting Point" Collection

VIZ Media has announced several new books relating to famed Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki and his latest movie Ponyo, which will be released in North America on August 14, 2009. There will be three direct tie-in books for the movie, including the 4-volume official film comic (suggested retail price $9.99 per volume), a Ponyo […]

The Independent Profiles Hayao Miyazaki

UK newspaper, The Independent, speaks with Hayao Miyazaki, long-time collaborator, Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli president, Koji Hoshino. The profile touches on Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Miyazaki’s lifelong struggle to interpret the world of children, his obsession while working on a project and his immediate sentimental detachment upon completion, his dislike of […]

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