Studio Ghibli Unveils Taiko no Tatsujin Anime Short

Studio Ghibli producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki unveiled a new 30-second animated short at an event in Tokyo on June 25, 2015. Suzuki and Studio Ghibli produced the short to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Taiko no Tatsujin (Taiko: Drum Master) rhythm game series. Katsuya Kondo, the animation director for Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo, organized and animated the short.

The short features Taiko no Tatsujin characters Don-chan and Kacchan, as well as an original mouse character. The short will also be broadcast as a TV ad.

I am embedding a copy of the short below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to see it due to region blocking.

Source: ANN

When Marnie Was There Earns US$85,842 in its Fourth U.S. Weekend

Box Office Mojo is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There anime film earned US$85,842 after opening in 28 more theaters in its fourth weekend in the U.S. This puts the film’s total gross to date at US$317,096.

The film earned US$27,388 in its U.S. opening weekend on May 22, 2015 after opening in two theaters. The film opened in nine more theaters in the U.S. in its second weekend and earned US$40,282. The film earned US$77,452 after opening in 25 more theaters in its third weekend in the U.S. The screening will expand to more cities in the coming weeks.

GKids describes the story of When Marnie Was There as:

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face.” Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…

Source: ANN

Ghibli Producer Yoshiaki Nishimura Is Working at New Studio

Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura is now working at a new studio titled Studio Ponoc, as of April 15, 2015. Studio Ponoc runs separately from Studio Ghibli.

Studio Ponoc is currently assisting with the West Japan Railway Company’s “Summer Train” campaign by producing a television ad. Nishimura is serving as producer for the ad, Yoshiyuki Momose is serving as animation director and director, and Yuugo Kanno is serving as composer and music producer.

Nishimura took over as producer for Studio Ghibli films after Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki retired in March 2014.

When Studio Ghibli was asked about Nishimura’s status with the company now that he’s working with Studio Ponoc, the studio’s PR department said that Nishimura was a member of Ghibli. The company added, “Depending on the [animated] work, he has handled duties as a producer, but we don’t know about the future.”

Source: ANN

When Marnie Was There Earns US$77,452 in Its Third U.S. Weekend

Box Office Mojo is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There anime film earned US$77,452 after opening in 25 more theaters in its third weekend in the U.S. This puts the film’s total gross to date at US$186,844.

The film earned US$27,388 in its U.S. opening weekend on May 22, 2015 after opening in two theaters. The film earned US$40,282 in its second weekend after opening in nine more theaters in the U.S. The film will expand to more cities in the coming weeks.

GKids describes the story of When Marnie Was There as:

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face.” Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…

Source: ANN

When Marnie Was There Earns US$40,282 in Its Second Weekend in the U.S.

Box Office Mojo is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There film earned US$40,282 after opening in nine more theaters in its second weekend in the United States. This puts the film’s total gross to date at US$84,542.

The film earned US$27,388 in its U.S. opening weekend on May 22, 2015 after opening in two theaters. The screening will expand to more cities in the coming weeks.

GKids describes the film’s story as:

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face.” Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…

Source: ANN

When Marnie Was There Earns US$27,388 in Its First Weekend in the United States

Box Office Mojo is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There film earned US$27,388 in its opening weekend in the United States from May 22-24, 2015. The film opened in the IFC Center in New York and the Landmark Nuart in Los Angeles on May 22, 2015, but screenings will expand to more cities in the coming weeks.

Distributor GKids also released an updated list of theaters for the film’s North American release. GKids added new showings in Baltimore, Honolulu, Miami, New York, Lowell, and Ontario, Canada. The full list of theaters can be found here.

GKids describes the film’s story as:

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face.” Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…

Source: ANN

Updated Theater List for When Marnie Was There

GKids has released an updated theater list for the North American release of When Marnie Was There.

The following theaters will open the film on May 22:

  • New York, NY – IFC Center
  • Los Angeles, CA – Landmark Nuart

The following theaters will screen the film on May 29:

  • Chicago, IL – Landmark Century Centre
  • Toronto, ON – TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Vancouver, BC – Vancity Theatre
  • Pasadena, CA – Laemmle Playhouse
  • Encino, CA – Laemmle Town Center
  • Claremont, CA – Laemmle Claremont
  • North Hollywood, CA – Laemmle NoHo
  • Irvine, CA – University Town Center

The following theaters will show the film on June 5:

  • San Francisco, CA – Landmark Embarcadero
  • Berkeley, CA – Landmark Shattuck Cinemas
  • Menlo Park, CA – Landmark Guild Theatre
  • San Jose, CA – Camera 3 Cinemas
  • San Diego, CA – Reading Gaslamp Stadium
  • La Jolla, CA – Landmark La Jolla Village Cinemas
  • Philadelphia, PA – Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
  • Boston, MA – Landmark Kendall Square
  • Minneapolis, MN – Landmark Lagoon Cinema
  • Grand Rapids, MI – Celebration Cinemas Woodland
  • Denver, CO – Landmark Chez Artiste
  • Cleveland, OH – Cedar Lee Theatre
  • Akron, OH – Nightlight Cinema
  • Portland, OR – Regal Fox Tower
  • Austin, TX – Regal Arbor at Great Hills
  • Dallas, TX – Angelika Film Center
  • Plano, TX – Angelika Film Center
  • Houston, TX – Landmark River Oaks Theatre
  • Phoenix, AZ – Harkins Valley Art
  • Santa Cruz, CA – The Nick
  • Montréal, QC – Cinéma du Parc
  • Montréal, QC – Cinéma Beaubien (in French)
  • Québec City, QC – Cinéma Le Clap (in French)
  • Sherbrooke, QC – Maison du Cinema (in French)
  • Santa Barbara, CA – Plaza de Oro (6/10)

The following theaters will screen the film on June 12:

  • Washington, DC – Landmark E Street Cinema
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Broadway Centre Cinemas
  • Providence, RI – Cable Car Cinema
  • Columbus, OH – Gateway Film Center
  • Cincinnati, OH – Mariemont Theatre
  • Pittsburgh, PA – Regent Square Theatre
  • Nashville, TN – The Belcourt
  • Knoxville, TN – Regal Downtown West
  • Charlotte, NC – Regal Park Terrace
  • Asheville, NC – The Carolina Asheville
  • Raleigh, NC – The Raleigh Grande
  • Greensboro, NC – Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema
  • Santa Rosa, CA – Summerfield Cinemas
  • Tucson, AZ – The Loft Cinema
  • Santa Fe, NM – Regal DeVargas
  • Duluth, MN – Zinema 2
  • Amherst, MA – Amherst Cinema
  • Vancouver, WA – Kiggins Theater
  • Victoria, BC – The Vic Theatre
  • Detroit, MI – Michigan Theater (6/14)

The following theaters will show the film on June 19:

  • St Louis, MO – Landmark Plaza Frontenac
  • Indianapolis, IN – Landmark Keystone Art
  • Hartford, CT – Real Art Ways (6/19-21, 6/26-28, 7/2-4)
  • Lambertville, NJ – ACME Screening Room (6/21 & 6/28)

The following theaters will screen the film on June 26:

  • Atlanta, GA – Landmark Midtown Art

The following theaters will show the film on July 3:

  • Seattle, WA – SIFF Cinema Egyptian
  • Gainesville, FL – The Hippodrome

Source: ANN