Toronto Film Festival Hosting North American Premiere of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Toronto International Film Festival will be hosting the North American premiere of Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya anime film as well as Mami Sunada’s The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness documentary about Studio Ghibli.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya will premiere in English subtitles on September 5, 2014, and Isao Takahata will be present for the screening. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness will premiere on September 8, 2014.

The Toronto International Film festival has posted a trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which I am embedding below. I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

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.