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"Ponyo" to Debut on 800 Screens in US

Producer Frank Marshall has stated on his Twitter account that Ponyo, the latest movie from Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, will be debuting on 800 screens when it is released on August 14, 2009. This will make it noticeably larger than any prior Miyazaki release in the US — 2002′s Spirited Away was showing on 714 […]

Ghibli Doing Work for "Ninokuni" Video Game

Studio Ghibli is working on Ninokuni, a videogame for the Nintendo DS from Level-5 that is meant to commemorate the gamemaker’s tenth birthday, 1up.com reports. The game is a fantasy RPG about a boy given the chance to recover his deceased mother by entering a mystical world. According to the article, Ghibli decided to work […]

"Ponyo" Gets Berth at LA Film Festival

Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo will close the Los Angeles Film Festival, AWN reports. The film, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” will screen on Sunday, June 28, at 6:30pm at the Mann Village Theater. Ponyo will go into general release on August 14. Walt Disney Pictures distributes.

The Independent Profiles Hayao Miyazaki

UK newspaper, The Independent, speaks with Hayao Miyazaki, long-time collaborator, Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli president, Koji Hoshino. The profile touches on Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Miyazaki’s lifelong struggle to interpret the world of children, his obsession while working on a project and his immediate sentimental detachment upon completion, his dislike of […]

"Ponyo" Gets US Release Date of August 14, 2009

The newest Hayao Miyazaki movie Ponyo will be released in the United States on August 14, 2009. The dubbed version of the movie will feature Noah Cyrus as the title character, a young and overeager goldfish. Other cast members include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White and […]

Studio Ghibli to Collaborate with Toyota for Training Studio

Variety is reporting that Studio Ghibli and Toyota will be collaborating to open a training studio in Toyota’s R&D center in Aichi Prefecture. Informally dubbed Ghibli West, the studio will house new hires for a 2-year course “to learn animation techniques while being exposed to robotics and other Toyota technologies.” The idea came from producer […]

"My Neighbor Totoro" Screening at ToonSeum on Feb 22, 2009

The ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, PA, will be hosting a special screening of My Neighor Totoro on Sunday, February 22, 2009, as part of their “Reel Fun Workshops.” Children who attend the workshop, which runs from 2:00 – 4:30 PM, will also get to create some animation themselves and meet Kris Boban, an animator on the […]

"Ponyo" Lands 3 Asian Film Award Noms; Aids Toho Bottom Line

The 3rd Annual Asian Film Award nominees have been announced, with Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea landing three nominations for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Composer. In a related story, Toho Studios reported earnings of $817.5 million at the Japanese box office in 2008, with nearly $170 million of that […]

Miyazaki Describes PM's Love for Manga as "Embarrassing" (UPDATED Dec 8, 2008)

Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki has taken a swipe at Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso, a self-described otaku. In comments made to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Miyazaki responded to a question about Aso’s love for manga by saying, “It’s so embarrassing,” and added, “That should be more private.” UPDATED December 8, 2008: The […]

News on Ghibli's Next Two Films; Reception for Totoro Forest Project on Dec 16, 2008

Nausicaa.net has a brief writeup of Studio Ghibli’s production diary, noting a speech by famed director Hayao Miyazaki titled, “”How Do We (Ghibli) Get over the Severe World” and an announcement that two new feature films were underway from “young staff members.” The same article also states that the preparation room for Isao Takahata’s next […]

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