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"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 […]

Matt Damon, Tina Fey, and Cate Blanchett Join "Ponyo on the Cliff" English Dub Cast

GhibliWorld.com is reporting that Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White, Fankie Jonas, Noah Cyrys and Cloris Leachman will be in the English dub cast for Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, the newest movie from director Hayao Miyazaki. The US version is produced by Frank Marshall and Kathleen […]

Totoro Fundraising Auction a Success

The Totoro Forest Project, a fundraising auction headed by Pixar’s Dice Tsutsumi, has sold all 200 of the pieces of art that were provided by top illustrators and animators. The final amount raised is forthcoming. [ Source: AWN ]

Hayao Miyazaki at the Venice Premiere of "Ponyo"

Directory Hayao Miyazaki was interviewed at the Venice Film Festival at the screening for his latest movie, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Gake no ue no Ponyo). Miyazaki commented on his insistence on hand-drawn animation vs. the CGI used by his friends at Pixar Animation Studios, how the film was inspired by Hans […]

Hayao Miyazaki Talks "Ponyo" on NHK

The NHK’s Ohayou Nippon has interviewed director Hayao Miyazaki about Ponyo on the Cliff, his latest animated feature film that will be released in Japan on July 19, 2008. GhibliWorld.com has a translated summary of the interview, where Miyazaki discusses the animation techniques of the film, which eschew CGI, and how a trip to a […]

Toon Zone Throwdown Round 1: Top 5 Bare-Knuckle Brawls

Here at Toon Zone News, we firmly believe that non-violent solutions to Real World problems are the ones that should be actively sought out and implemented. These solutions are harder to do, but if done correctly, they will tend to be more permanent, resulting in less ancillary suffering of innocent bystanders and more long-term happiness […]

Studio Ghibli Announces "Ponyo" Japan Release Date of July 19, 2008

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Ponyo on a Cliff will be released in Japan on July 19, 2008, according to Studio Ghibli. The film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and supposedly centers on a goldfish princess and a five-year old boy.

Toshio Suzuki Steps Down as Ghibli President

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Toshio Suzuki has stepped down as the president of Studio Ghibli effective today, February 1, 2008, and will be replaced by Koji Hoshino. Hoshino was the former president of Walt Disney Japan, and has worked with Studio Ghibli since Disney began releasing Studio Ghibli films on home video in 1996. Suzuki […]

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