Studio Ghibli Is Not Closing Down at This Time

Anime News Network is reporting that Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki appeared on the TBS program Jonetsu Tairiku to discuss the studio’s future after Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films.

During the interview, Suzuki discussed the changes that the entire studio is undergoing at the studio’s shareholders meeting; he mused that some of these changes could include dismantling the production department. While there has been some talk of dissolving the studio outright, Suzuki said the studio is considering “housecleaning” or restructuring for now. The end result would be “rebuilding” the studio in order to create an environment for the next generation.

Suzuki also said during the interview: “On what to do with Studio Ghibli’s future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever. However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here.”

Studio Ghibli Soundtracks Added to North American iTunes Store

Studio Ghibli has updated their soundtrack offerings on the North American iTunes store, and the soundtracks available on the service include:

  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • Castle in the Sky OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • My Neighbor Totoro OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • Porco Rosso OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • Ocean Waves OST – by Shigeru Nagata
  • Pom Poko OST – by Hasso Gakuden
  • Whisper of the Heart OST – by Yuji Nomi
  • Princess Mononoke OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas OST – by Akiko Yano
  • Spirited Away OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • The Ghiblies Episode 2 – by Manto Watanobe
  • The Cat Returns OST – by Yuji Nomi
  • Howl’s Moving Castle OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • Studio Ghibli Symphonic Suite – by Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Tales of Earthsea OST – by Tamiya Terashima
  • Melodies From Earthsea by Calos Nunez
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea – by Joe Hisaishi
  • “Kari-Gurashi” (Arrietty theme) – by Cecile Corbel
  • Arrietty OST – by Cecile Corbel
  • From Up on Poppy Hill OST – by Satoshi Takebe
  • The Wind Rises OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • The Take of Princess Kaguya OST – by Joe Hisaishi
  • Ghibli, Princess Kaguya and I – by Kazumi Nikaido
  • “Just Know That I Love You” (Marnie theme) by Priscilla Ahn
  • When Marnie Was There OST – by Takatsugu Muramatsu

English Dub Cast Announced for Princess Kaguya

The English dub cast for Studio Ghibli’s Princess Kaguya anime film has been announced.

Chloe Grace Moretz is providing the voice of Princess Kaguya. Other cast members have been announced, but the roles they have aren’t listed. Additional cast members include: James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain.

GKIDS has also announced that the film is scheduled to open in North American theaters on October 17, 2014.

Trailer for When Marnie Was There

A trailer for Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There anime film has been released. The film opens in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2014.

I am embedding the trailer below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Miyazaki and Suzuki Invited Into Oscars’ Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, two of the founders of Studio Ghibli, into its ranks.

The Academy had already invited Miyazaki at least three previous times, and he declined each time. When Miyazaki declined in 2006, Suzuki explained “He does not seem to be glad with it because [he thinks] it seems to mean his retirement is near. Miyazaki’s thought, ‘I want to be as active as possible,’ seems to be strong.”

Miyazaki retired from directing feature films in 2013. Suzuki stepped down from his producer role this year, but is now assuming a new title of “general manager.”

More Cast Members Announced for When Marnie Was There

More cast members have been announced for Studio Ghibli’s forthcoming anime film, When Marnie Was There:

  • Hiroyuki Morisaki is an art teacher
  • Yo Oizumi is Dr. Yamashita
  • Ken Yasuda is Toichi
  • Takuma Otoo is the neighborhood association officer
  • Shigeyuki Totsugi is a gentleman

The film will open in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2014.

Cast Members Announced for When Marnie Was There

Cast members have been announced for Studio Ghibli’s next film, When Marnie Was There:

  • Sara Takatsuki is Anna
  • Kasumi Arimura is Marnie
  • Nanako Matsushima is Yoriko
  • Susumu Terajima is Kiyomasa Oiwa
  • Toshie Negishi is Setsu
  • Ryoko Moriyama is Grieving Old Woman
  • Kazuko Yoshiyuki is Baaya
  • Hitomi Kuroki is Hisako

When Marnie Was There is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and will open in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2014.

Screenings of Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises in Olympia, Washington

Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises will be screening at the Capitol Theater in Olympia, Washington from May 16-22, 2014.

At the 6:30 p.m. screening on May 17, 2014, there will be a Q&A with local Miyazaki scholar Leslie Shore.

For show times call 360-754-6670 or visit the Olympia Film Society’s website.

Viz Media’s Studio Ghibli Imprint Releases The Art of The Wind Rises

Viz Media invites animation fans to savor the stunning artwork of The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki’s widely acclaimed fictional biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of Japan’s Zero fighter plane, with the release of THE ART OF THE WIND RISES on April 8, 2014. The brand new hardcover edition from the Studio Ghibli imprint will carry an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN.

The Wind Rises is Miyazaki’s cinematic love letter to the power of flight and the imagination, an examination of the rise of Japan’s military might in the years leading up to the Second World War, and a call for worldwide peace and harmony in the face of destruction. The film has won numerous awards including Best Animated Film from The National Board of Review and The New York Film Critics Circle as well as Best Animated Feature from The Toronto Film Critics Association and The San Francisco Film Critics Circle, among others. THE ART OF THE WIND RISES captures the art of the film, from conception to production, and features in-depth interviews with the filmmakers.

Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director, says, “The Wind Rises is an epic story set during an important era in Japan’s history, and we very excited to complement Miyazaki’s landmark film with the release of this wonderfully illustrated new hardcover art book. THE ART OF WIND RISES captures the evolution of the designs and characters that brought this captivating story to life. Join us to celebrate the work of one of the world’s most visionary animation directors with this new release from our Studio Ghibli imprint.”

Viz Media Debuts Hayao Miyazaki’s Turning Point: 1997-2008

Viz Media has announced the release of Turning Point: 1997-2008, an insightful collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, and illustrations from legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki. The new title covers the critical stage in the legendary director’s career when his animated films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo began to garner a significant international audience. TURNING POINT: 1997-2008 will debut as a hardcover edition on April 8, 2014 and will carry an MSRP of $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN.

TURNING POINT: 1997-2008 is the companion second volume to the earlier Miyazaki chronicle, STARTING POINT: 1979-1996, which was originally published by VIZ Media in 2009. This volume examined the first part of Miyazaki’s career, during which he rose from humble beginnings to create the seminal animated features Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Porco Rosso, as well as his launch of Studio Ghibli. A fitting introduction is offered by John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney. VIZ Media will release STARTING POINT: 1979-1996 in a new paperback edition on April 8, 2014 under the Studio Ghibli Library imprint with an MSRP of $16.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN.

TURNING POINT: 1997-2008 follows Hayao Miyazaki as his grand vision continued to mature, cinema-lovers worldwide discovered and embraced his creations, and prominent film critics such as Roger Ebert delivered tremendous acclaim for the director’s films. In his legendary career, these crucial years represent the turning point. In the mid-1990s, Miyazaki moved from success to success as his work found a fervent audience outside of Japan. His animated films of the era, including Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, were internationally lauded, and Miyazaki won an Academy Award® in 2003 for his film, Spirited Away, which was a commercial and critical hit.

Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director, says, “These two memoirs focused on Hayao Miyazaki are extremely insightful and give tribute to the power of animation as an art form. Both STARTING POINT and TURNING POINT offer collections of essays, interviews, and memoirs that go back to the roots of Miyazaki’s childhood, the founding of Studio Ghibli and continues with essays and discussions focusing on some of his most popular films, including Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. A captivating must-read for any anime aficionado or fan of the entrepreneurial spirit, these new books are wonderful tributes to a true visionary’s unending dedication and skill as a master storyteller.”

VIZ Media will also be releasing a stunning full-color hardcover edition, THE ART OF THE WIND RISES, based on Hayao Miyazaki’s latest and final feature film, on April 8, 2014.