The Los Angeles Times newspaper reports that Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind) will appear for the first time at San Diego’s Comic-Con International (CCI) next month. According to the paper, the Studio Ghibli co-founder will show clips from his latest film, Ponyo, at the convention.
On July 25 — the Saturday that falls in the middle of CCI — Miyazaki will travel to the University of California, Berkeley in northern California to accept the second annual Berkeley Japan Prize and participate in a moderated discussion. The Tuesday after CCI, Miyazaki will travel to Beverly Hills to appear at the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS of Oscar fame) for a tribute with Pixar director John Lasseter.
Walt Disney Pictures has released the movie trailer for the American redub of Legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s latest movie Ponyo. The film will be released on over 800 screens, the largest American release yet for Miyazaki. And the trailer features some fantastic visuals which will hopefully appeal to the masses.
You can see this trailer in theaters this weekend attached to My Sister’s Keeper or watch it now after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid, the film tells the story of a baby goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) who desires to be a human, and gets her wish. She runs away from her home in the sea and befriends a five-year-old human boy named Sosuke (Frankie Jonas). Other cast members include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Betty White.
Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. Ponyo will hit theaters on August 14th 2009. You can also watch it below…
An A-list cast—including Liam Neeson, Matt Damon and Tina Fey—will voice the masterful, otherwordly animation of Japanese virtuoso Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea for its North American release, with a bit of help from E.T. writer Melissa Matheson, producer Frank Marshall told reporters this week.
Marshall and his producing partner Kathleen Kennedy are deeply involved in bringing the movie to mainstream western audiences this summer. "Kathy and I came on to produce the North American, English-speaking version of Ponyo," Marshall said on Tuesday. "It’s been a fantastic experience."
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," Ponyo tells the story of a goldfish and her quest to become human.
It is often said that older people start to return to a more youthful, childlike state and so it is for 67-year-old master animator, Hayao Miyazaki with his latest film, Ponyo on the Cliff. After making numerous movies that have presented a more mature depth in presenting childhood as in My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, this time he immerses himself completely into the mind of a five-year-old. It assumes no more life experience than a child at that age and captures only the simple wonder of one who is just beginning to realize what it means to grow up into the human world.
The plot is borrowed somewhat from The Little Mermaid and is even more stripped down and elemental than that film. Like Ariel, the title character, Ponyo (Yuria Nara) is a red goldfish who wants to become a human although she does not have any trace of human traits in the beginning. Also, she and the boy she meets, Sosuke (Hiroki Doi), are only five, which means that this is not a teenage love story but about befriending someone unconditionally as a child before all the worldly complications set in.
The movie has a wondrous underwater opening that is simultaneously a trademark and a departure for a Miyazaki film. The masterful sense of perspective, texture, and movement are all present but the water color and pastel animation here goes for more of a simple children’s drawing palette than a photorealistic one with shadow lighting (except for the villainous or more mysterious characters who are drawn with darker shadows). It is here we see the little goldfish escape in a bubble away to the surface from her sibling schools of fish led by her father, Fujimoto (Joji Tokoro). Once the goldfish escapes, however, she gets her head stuck in a glass jar and washes on shore. There Sosuke finds her and gets her out of the jar by breaking it. He immediately bonds with the goldfish that he names Ponyo perhaps because she is the first one he has directly rescued from harm. Read more
Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) gave a speech to his Studio Ghibli production staff in which he announced that they will start two feature-length works over the next three years. The studio’s “Itsumo no Ghibli Nikki” (“The Habitual Ghibli Diary”) describes the speech in a November 27 entry. According to the diary, the speech discussed how the studio will weather the increasingly grim conditions the world is facing. Miyazaki reportedly emphasized that the two new feature-length works will have young staffers at their core. The diary also posted a blurred image (shown at right) of the diagram for the next three years that Miyazaki presented, but captioned it, “The details are still secret.”
In a November 17 entry, the diary revealed that the preparation room for Ghibli’s next film has been set up on the third floor of Ghibli’s studio #1. The room’s poster (pictured at left) says, “Preparation Room: Maro & Nayo: 20XX Opening.” The poster’s date has been deliberately blurred in the picture in the diary’s entry, and the picture’s caption says, “The opening date is a secret.” Nayo is the nickname of a staffer at Ghibli who working with studio co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko) on development for Ghibli’s next film.
Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino revealed last February that “directors Takahata and Goro Miyazaki are both developing works” for release after Miyazaki’s Gake no Ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on a Cliff) opens this summer. Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, served as the Ghibli Museum’s first curator and directed Tales from Earthsea.
Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s most successful and influential animator, said Thursday that Prime Minister Taro Aso should keep his publicly claimed fondness for “manga” comic books and other aspects of pop culture private.
Miyazaki, 67, told a press conference when asked by a reporter about Aso’s avowal, “It’s embarrassing” adding, “That is something you should do in your own time.”
Aso has gained popularity among young people particularly as a fan of Japanese pop culture, especially as a manga comic book enthusiast.
Miyazaki also expressed his concern about the future of children and the country, saying that many children are living in a virtual world and losing their senses and capability to understand the real world.
“Everything about the environment children are enjoying now is virtual, including the animations that we produce. They go through television, games, e-mail, mobile phones or comic books,” he told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.
Miyazaki stressed that the most important task of the government is “to create a proper environment for future generations.”
Miyazaki confessed that he faces a dilemma every time he launches a new project because what he does professionally seems to contribute to depriving children of their natural ability to cope with the real world.
“While we question ourselves about the situation, it’s good if children can feel there is at least one film they will not forget for the rest of their lives and that truly makes them happy. It is my intention to continue with this work,” Miyazaki said.
The prestigious Venice Film Festival, second perhaps only to Cannes among international cinema extravaganzas, has selected Hayao Miyazaki’s new film, Ponyo on a Cliff to participate in the main competition at the 65th canal-side festival, which takes place this year from August 27th to September 6th. Read more