Studio Ghibli

When Marnie Was There

Here's the US Trailer for Ghibli's When Marnie Was There

Apr 17
Since Studio Ghibli is still stuck in purgatory, and haven't announced a new feature since all of that financial weirdness reared its ugly head some time ago, When Marnie Was There might possibly be the studio's final film. ... read
Little Bamboo, big style
Isao Takahata is one of the directors out of Studio Ghibli that seems to be less discussed by fans in the west.  Takahata is responsible for directing some of the most riveting and eerie films to come from the Japanese a... read feature

PSA: Save big on Ghibli blu-rays/DVDs at Best Buy & Amazon this week

Somehow Spirited Away still isn't on blu ray yet
Feb 16
To celebrate the release of Studio Ghibli's most recent film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, on home media this Tuesday, retailers and Best Buy have rolled out some crazy good prices for previous Ghibli DVDs and blu-... read
Princess Kaguya Teaser

US teaser trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Aug 19
Although there were a few rumblings of Studio Ghibli closing its doors a few weeks back, thankfully none of those rumors came to be as the company's just getting its act together. Case in point, The Tale of Princess Kaguya i... read
When Marnie Was There

Full Japanese trailer for Ghibli's When Marnie Was There

Jul 23
Studio Ghibli's films are so damn pretty, I don't even need to understand what anyone is saying. That's why this Japanese trailer for their latest film, When Marnie Was There, is perfect for me. In much better quality than t... read

Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya gets English cast and release date

Jul 17
While I may only like a small selection of Studio Ghibli's films, there's no mistaking their quality. Based on the Japanese tale "The Tale of Bamboo Cutter" and directed by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), Princess Kag... read
When Marnie Was There

Japanese teaser for next Ghibli film, When Marnie Was There

Jul 03
Based on Joan G. Robinson's novel of the same name, When Marnie is There is about a lonely little girl who befriends a ghost. I've never read the book myself, but if it's being adapted by Studio Ghibli, I'm sure it's equal p... read
When Marnie Was There

Teaser poster and images for next Ghibli film, When Marnie Was There

Apr 25
While I'm not the most well versed Studio Ghibli fan at Flixist, even someone with little knowledge like myself can't deny how beautiful their films are. Based on the book by Joan G. Robinson, and handled by The Secret World ... read
The Wind Rises

Miyazaki's The Wind Rises gets English voice cast

Featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elijah Wood, and Werner F**king Herzog
Dec 17
Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (which could very well be his final film before retirement) has been inching closer and closer to a domestic release after it's fly through Japan. Shortly after getting the first US trailer for... read
Calm down, Jiro! Now is not the time for fear. That comes later.
After the credits rolled at the screening of The Wind Rises at this year's New York Film Festival, Hubert and I spent the next hour talking about the film, what we liked and didn’t like, where we thought it succeeded or... read feature

The film opens wide in February 2014 after this Oscar-qualifying run
I'm really excited to be seeing Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises at the New York Film Festival. If you're not attending the NYFF screenings and live in New York or Los Angeles, you'll be able to catch Miyazaki's final fea... read feature

The Wind Rises will be his last film, and he's serious this time
There was a shock at the Venice Film Festival last weekend when Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino announced that The Wind Rises would be Hayao Miyazaki's last feature film. Miyazaki has talked about retirement since 1997's... read feature

New Releases

New Releases, week of 9/7/13: Sabrina's Cat Edition

Now You See Me, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Lords of Salem and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Sep 03
When the Sabrina the Teenage Witch show aired as part of ABC's TGIF lineup, I thought it was the neatest show (but Boy Meets World had it beat, hands down) since the animatronic cat on the program was named Salem and was voic... read

The Wind Rises delivers new trailer and controversy

Let's watch a trailer and then talk Japanese politics
Aug 15
With Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises sitting at number one for four weeks running in Japan, and what's sure to be a successful festival tour picking up with the Venice Film Festival one would believe that everything was ... read
Four whole minutes of awesome
We shared a brief teaser of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) a few weeks ago, but now we have a gorgeous four-minute trailer for the film. It's preceded by some promo material featuring Miyazaki and a few fello... read feature

Mondo unveils some marvelous posters for SDCC 2013

Jul 11
As we mentioned yesterday, Mondo has some awesome stuff lined up for this year's San Diego Comic Con. In addition to their awesome lineup of six posters by various artists for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Pacific Rim that we... read

Giant Studio Ghibli mural brings the memories back

Jul 01
We're nearing the Japanese release of both of Studio Ghibli's next films -- Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) comes out on July 20 and Takahata Isao's Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) hits this Fall. T... read

Teaser Trailer: The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

A brief first look at the new Hayao Miyazaki film
Jun 25
Here is your first very brief look at Hayao Miyazaki's new film, The Wind Rises. The footage aired on Japanese television and reveals a kind of pastoral whimsy and a bird plane. It's not much (about 30 seconds), but it's ver... read

New images for Miyazaki's next film, The Wind Rises

May 28
Reportedly getting a trailer sometime this week, The Wind Rises is Hayao Miyazaki's next upcoming project and like anything he does even a few stills/posters are gorgeous. The film is based off of a manga of the same nam... read
Studio Ghibli

Flix for Short: Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo

Apr 25
What do you get when the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion and animator for Nausicaa Of The Valley The Wind, Anno Hideaki, commissions a short film, gets direction by Higuchi Shinji (animator on Evangelion), and a gia... read

Live-action Kiki's Delivery Service film confirmed

Adaptation to be directed by The Grudge director Shimizu Takashi
Apr 24
A few weeks ago, we brought news of a potential live-action adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service to be directed by The Grudge series creator Takashi Shimizu. Today, Twitch has confirmed the film's production, as well as... read
Whole Hog's UK run of the show is done; next stop for the production is Japan
You may remember that there was a planned UK stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke. Whole Hog, the theater company responsible for this live-action adaptation, turned to Kickstarter to help make the play the ... read feature

Rumor: Live action Kiki's Delivery Service

Apr 09
Again, this is a rumor coming from Twitch Film. Don’t be too hasty about this being true or not. So Twitch was told that Japanese horror director Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On and The Grudge) has come on board to direct a live... read
Could be a better view
The non-fantasy based Studio Ghibli films are pretty limited. In fact if we rule out My Neighbors the Yamadas considering its animation style and tone make it pretty cartoonish there hasn't been one since Grave of the Fi... read feature

BAM is hosting 35mm screenings of the director's classic films
We all know Hayao Miyazaki is a master of his craft, and if you live in New York, you're in for a real treat. The Brooklyn Academy of Music is doing an eight-film Miyazaki retrospective this weekend and next weekend. BAM will... read feature

Trailer: From Up on Poppy Hill

Feb 04
Two years after its Japanese premiere, From Up on Poppy Hill is getting prepped for a US release this March. A few days after the film's official poster was released, we have the first trailer complete with US voiceovers. Th... read

New poster for Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill

Directed by Goro Miyazaki from a script written by his pops, Hayao Miyazaki
Feb 01
I don't think there are really words enough for me to describe the affection I feel towards Studio Ghibli and the wonderful films they create. From Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind all the way up to The Secret of Ariet... read
Which movies came out on top in 2012?
In recent years, a lot of animated movies have been formulaic and underwhelming, but 2012 brought us the variety and quality that has been missing in the genre for a while. Sure, Disney brought back Beauty and the Beast, Find... read feature

Posters for Studio Ghibli's two 2013 films

Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari (The Story of Princess Kaguya) & Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)
Dec 13
The Studio Ghibli retrospective in New York City is entering its final week now. As that draws to a close, we're getting a small taste of Studio Ghibli's output for next year. Two posters have dropped, one for Hayao Miyazaki'... read

Last week we reported on the theatrical re-release of Grave of the Fireflies, but there's some other news regarding the saddest movie ever made. UK-based Dresden Pictures has picked up the British film rights for a live-actio... read feature

Grave of the Fireflies will return to theaters next year to commemorate its 25th anniversary. This theatrical re-release is thanks to GKIDS, the group also responsible for last year's touring Studio Ghibli retrospective as we... read feature

Back in September we reported on a stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, which is being put on by the Whole Hog Theatre in London. Tickets for their April 2013 shows have already sold out, but Whole Hog is ... read feature

About this time last year there was a great Studio Ghibli retrospective in New York City, which eventually made its way around the country. I'm happy to report that it's back again this year thanks to the IFC Center and GKIDS... read feature

Talk about ambitious. The London-based Whole Hog Theater company is adapting Princess Mononoke into a stage play, which will be performed next year. The show will run from April 2nd to April 6th at the New Diorama Theater. Ti... read feature

Trailer: From Up on Poppy Hill

Aug 08
From Up on Poppy Hill is the newest full length movie to come out of Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli. Based on a manga by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama, Poppy Hill's screenplay was adapted by Ghibli m... read

Miyazaki's next film will be a biopic of Jiro Horikoshi

Jul 23
Now here is a man whose works I eagerly anticipate! So as I deliver this news to you I want you to know that my heart is brimming with joy! Acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki's next film will be a biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, the... read

Oh my Glob! Adorable Ghibli, Adventure Time crossovers

Jun 19
Ghibli Time! Come on, grab your friends, we'll go to a very distant land with Cake the Catbus and Fiona the human, the fun will never end, it's Ghibli Time! An awesome artist who just goes by David on his Tumblr has been crea... read

Studio Ghilbli tribute to screen in Chicago this summer

May 17
Coming soon to a Gene Siskel Film Center near you - if you live in Chicago that is - is Castles in the Sky, a series of screenings in tribute to Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli is one of the most popular and influential animatio... read

Trailer: Brave

Mar 05
Wow, this Japanese trailer for Pixar's highly anticipated princess movie Brave is pretty amazing. Not only does it have new footage from the previously released English trailer, somehow the Japanese voice-overs make it sound... read

Movie Debate to the Death! Favorite Studio Ghibli film?

Feb 28
Now that we've all had enough time to see The Secret World of Arrietty, I'll be giving everyone another week to see the Borrowers remake that they should have already rushed out to see. With everyone caught up on the Studio G... read

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