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GKids Adds Studio Ghibli's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

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GKids Films has announced today that it will release Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya in North America “later this year”. The film, first released theatrically in Japan in November 2013, was the first theatrical work by director Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Little Norse Prince Valiant) since My Neighbors the […]

Review: "The Wind Rises" - Miyazaki's Solemn Tribute to Invention

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Reasonable people can disagree about whether Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films will stick, but I think it is impossible to walk away from The Wind Rises without a lasting impression that it was created and directed as though it were this auteur’s final project. This film of exquisite beauty is ostensibly a biopic […]

PR: "The Wind Rises" Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

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THE WIND RISES COMPLETES MIYAZAKI LEGACY, WINS TRULY MOVING PICTURE AWARD Hayao Miyazaki’s final animated feature film honored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures (INDIANAPOLIS) – Studio Ghibli’s “The Wind Rises” has been recognized with the Truly Moving Picture Award by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. “’The Wind Rises’ is another extraordinary film from […]

Hollywood Reporter on Developing the Cast of Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

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The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to different crew members of the five films nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film Academy Awards, digging into ideas that defined characters in the films, or were changed or deleted during development. Included are tidbits like a different background for Grug in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods; some ideas […]

CLIP: "Creating Planes" with Studio Ghibli's "The Wind Rises"

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2014 Academy Award Nominees Announced (UPDATED with Reaction Statements)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for a 2014 Academy Award. Categories with an animated film in contention are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods (DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc) Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment) Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS/La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs) Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios) The Wind Rises (Kaze […]

Disney Announces 2014 Theatrical Release Schedule

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Disney has announced its full theatrical release schedule for 2014. Animated features include Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises in February, the sequel Planes Fire and Rescue in July, and the superhero film Big Hero 6 in November. May 30′s live-action Maleficent is also based on the villain of the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The full […]

PR: English-Language Voice Cast Revealed for Studio Ghibli's "The Wind Rises"

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NY Times on the Uncertain Reception for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises"

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The New York Times has looked at the potential trouble spots in the US release of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film The Wind Rises, based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Japanese Zero fighter. While right-wing elements in Japan have criticized the film for being too pacifistic, the concern is that the […]

toonzone at MCM London Comic Con October 2013 - Interview With Wit Studio

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Prior to the Wit Studio panel held in the main convention, toonzone had a chance to talk with George Wada (president of Wit Studio), Ryotaro Makihara (director of Hal) and Katsuhiko Kitada (character designer on Hal, animation director for Attack on Titan) at the nearby Novotel. How involved was original creator Hajime Isayama with the […]

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