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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 […]

Ghibli's "Ponyo on a Cliff" Scheduled for Mid-July Release in Japan

Nausicaa.net is linking to a report from Variety Japan stating that Hayao Miyazaki’s next feature film, Ponyo on a Cliff, is currently scheduled for release in mid-July 2008. More information about the movie will be released after the Tokyo International Anime Fair at the end of March.

Hayao Miyazaki Tribute Screenings in L.A. Feb 1-2, 2008

The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, will be screening three Hayao Miyazaki movies on February 1-2, 2008, in a tribute to the Japanese animated filmmaker. Full details are available at the American Cinematheque website. (via Nausicaa.net)

Totoro Appears at Southern Japan Bus Stop

A 43-year old Japanese man has erected a statue of Totoro at a bus stop in the city of Sankai in the Nagasaki prefecture (original Japanese article with picture here). Yoshiyuki Yamamichi constructed the statue out of scrap materials “to improve the image of the area.” Thus far, no Catbus has stopped to pick up […]

GhibliWorld Talks to Enrico Casarosa on Studio Ghibli's Influence on Pixar

GhibliWorld.com has published Cartoon Brew about how Studio Ghibli, and specifically the work of director Hayao Miyazaki, has affected the films made by Pixar Animation Studios. Casarosa discusses how he discovered Miyazaki, how Miyazaki’s films have affected his work personally and the work of the studio, the differences between American and Japanese animated movie production, […]

Toshio Suzuki on Ghibli's "Ponyo"

Producer Toshio Suzuki was interviewed by the Ghibli Channel about the production of Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on a Cliff), the latest Hayao Miyazaki movie in currently in production at Studio Ghibli. Suzuki describes some of the challenges in working with Miyazaki as the film takes shape.

Details on Miyazaki/JAL Collaboration Revealed

Nausicaa.net is reporting the details on the “Sora wo Tobu” (Fly the Skies) collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Japan Airlines (JAL), which will include a selected schoolchild’s drawing being painted on a JAL Boeing 787, screenings of Porco Rosso and the short film “Kuso no Sora Tobu Kikai-tachi” (Fancy Flying Machines) on select JAL flights, […]

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