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

by Maxie Zeuson March 2, 2010
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

by Ed Liuon March 1, 2010
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"

by Ed Liuon March 1, 2010
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 […]

Welcome to Toonzone’s Miyazaki Week

by Ed Liuon February 28, 2010
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

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2010
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!

by Weathermanon February 24, 2010
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: Crafting the World of “Spirited Away”

by Eileen Cruzon February 24, 2010
Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) is an animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The feature was released in Japan in 2001 and to the United States in 2002. Spirited Away went on to went on to win a lengthy list of awards, including Best Animated Feature at the 2003 Academy Awards. […]

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

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2010
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 […]

Miyazaki Week: The End of Studio Ghibli

by Lelouchon February 23, 2010
For quite some time, Studio Ghibli has been known for its great animated movies. The movies they make are not only beautifully animated, but contain great storylines that fully engage the viewer. However, I believe that this trend may come to a swift end once Hayao Miyazaki is done making films for the studio, and […]