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

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

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"

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

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: 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 […]

Details, Box Art for "Castle in the Sky," "Kiki," "Totoro" Re-Releases Due Mar 2, '10

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released details on the upcoming DVD re-releases of Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and My Neighbor Totoro. Additions to each 2-disc edition seem to be an introduction by John Lasseter and a “World of Ghibli” featurette. All 3 movies will be released on March 2, […]

Next Studio Ghibli Film "Karigurashi no Arrietty" Announced

GhibliWorld is reporting that the next Studio Ghibli film will be titled Karigurashi no Arrietty, and is based on the children’s book The Borrowers by Mary Norton. The movie will be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who was the chief animator for Hayao Miyazaki’s short film “Imaginary Flying Machines” and the animation director for the short […]

Studio Ghibli's Next Project to Be From New Director

Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki has confirmed that his studio’s next project will be from a new director; details are to be announced in December. This comes after an announcement on the official Ghibli blog in July that the studio’s next theatrical feature is scheduled to be released in 2010. Suzuki has also said that Hayao […]

Miyazaki: Ghibli Like "A Wooden Boat That Journeys with Sails"

The New York Daily News has spoken with Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki on the eve of the US release of his latest movie Ponyo. Describing his penchant for hand-drawn animation, Miyazaki said through a translator that, “I would like to have Studio Ghibli to be like a wooden boat that journeys with sails,” adding with […]

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