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Hayao Miyazaki Profiled at NY Times

A.O. Scott, movie critic for The New York Times, has examined the collected film works of director Hayao Miyazaki (free registration required). Calling him “the world’s greatest living animated-filmmaker,” the article delves into many common themes in all of Miyazaki’s films.

SF Gate on Ghibli vs. Disney

A review of the Studio Ghibli retrospective running in Berkeley is the launch pad for an article on SFGate.com comparing the Japanese studio’s animated works to those of the Disney Corporation. The works of the Pixar Animation Studio are also brought into the discussion. (via Nausicaa.net)

Miyazaki to Attend NY Opening of "Howl's Moving Castle"

A press release from Disney reveals that director Hayao Miyazaki will be present at the June 6 debut of Howl’s Moving Castle at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Producer Toshio Suzuki and actors Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Jean Simmons, and Emily Mortimer are also scheduled to attend. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Howl's Moving Castle" Debut Press Release

Nausicaa.net has published the press release for the debut of Howl’s Moving Castle at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The movie is scheduled to debut on June 9, 2005; tickets are available by phone at 1-800-DISNEY6 or at the El Capitan Theatre website.

NYC Museum of Modern Art Ghibli Film Festival

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City will be screening several Studio Ghibli films for a “Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata: Masters of Animation” feature. Howl’s Moving Castle will be shown on June 6, several days before its scheduled American release date. (via Nausicaa.net)

Toshio Suzuki Speaks About Ghibli's Next Film

A report on Nausicaa.net summarizes comments made by producer Toshio Suzuki on NHK about Studio Ghibli’s next project. Suzuki and director Hayao Miyazaki are currently planning a movie targeted at smaller children.

"Pom Poko" and "Yamadas" on R1 DVD on August 16

Ultimate Disney reports that Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas are due on region 1 DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment on August 16. Voice casts are included on the announcement for both movies. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Howl's Moving Castle" in New York and Seattle

According to Nausicaa.net, the Village Voice is holding a drawing to give away two free tickets to a June 10 screening of Howl’s Moving Castle in New York City. On the same day, the Seattle International Film Festival will be showing the Japanese language version of the film.

Studio Ghibli Film Festival at UC Berkeley Art Museum

Nausicaa.net is reporting a Studio Ghibli film festival running from June 2 to June 30 at the University of California at Berkeley Art Museum. Nearly every Studio Ghibli film will be screened, including Howl’s Moving Castle. Details and scheduling information is available at the film festival web site.

"Howl's Moving Castle" Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing New

Howl’s Moving Castle is an anomaly. It’s a film that is at once beautiful, artistic, and stunning and yet also pandering, silly and na├»ve. Parts of it are as inspired and surreal as Spirited Away, others are jarringly dull. Sometimes the plot flows forward as engagingly as Mononoke, at other times it grows stilted, simplistic, […]

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