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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 […]

Studio Ghibli Announces Hayao Miyazaki's Retirement From Feature Films

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During a press conference at the Venice International Film Festival on Sunday, Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino announced that director Hayao Miyazaki will retire from directing feature films. The news comes in the wake of the release of Miyazaki’s latest film The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) in Japan, a fictionalized biography of the Zero Fighter […]

Hayao Miyazaki Faces Nationalist Backlash for Anti-War Messages in "Kaze Tachinu"

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The South China Morning Post reports that renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki has drawn criticism from right-wing and nationalist Japanese factions for perceived anti-war messages in Kaze Tachinu, his latest film about the life of Horikoshi Jiro, creator of the Japanese Zero fighter. Despite its subject and setting during World War II, the movie portrays […]

PR: "From Up on Poppy Hill" Coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and Cable VOD on September 3, 2013

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“Visual Magic!” — A.O. Scott, New York Times “Stunning! As Beautiful a Hand-Drawn Animated Feature As You Are Likely to See” — Kenneth Turan, LA Times “One of the shimmering highlights of the year!” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune “Gorgeous!” — Scott Tobias, NPR   FROM LEGENDARY STORYTELLER HAYAO MIYAZAKI AND STUDIO GHIBLI COMES AN INTERNATIONALLY […]

Review: "My Neighbor Totoro" Blu-ray - Best. Neighbor. Ever.

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Some movies are huge, gaudy spectacles of sound and fury that signify nothing more than our ability as humans to be entertained by empty flashes of lights.  Some movies completely eschew the idea of anything visual and become an exercise in watching boring people talk to each other till you’re sick of it.  The best […]

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