October 2001

October 22, 2001 "Totoro" and "Kiki" DVDs in the UK
Andrew Osmond posted the following to the Miyazaki Mailing List:

the Buena Vista rep at London's gala Mononoke screening announced that both Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service would be coming to DVD **in the UK** (Princess Mononoke was released today). I double-checked this with Buena Vista today; it's certainly happening, but there's no indication of dates.

Good news for UK fans, and most likely a good omen for US fans.

October 19, 2001 Sen will pass $200 million mark
According to a Reuters news article on Yahoo!, Sen to Chihiro to Kamikakushi is well on its way to sinking the $219.5 million record set by Titanic in Japan. Toho suggested it would pass the $200 million mark sometime this weekend.

October 14, 2001 Ghiblies.com - new from Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli has launched a new website dedicated to the new, short animation series Ghiblies. Details can be found on our Ghiblies Related Web Resources page and the official site can be found here.

October 5, 2001 "Archives of Studio Ghibli" DVD set is...
...a bootleg. The set used to be an eBay exclusive, but its recently moved on to higher profile locations, thus prompting a flurry of "is this for real?" questions. The set is 6 discs and is produced by "Anime Cartoon International".

Team Ghiblink sent a query to Mr. Steven Alpert, vice-president at Tokuma International (parent company of Studio Ghibli), this is his reply:

We have NOT licensed to anyone called Anime Cartoon in Hong Kong, and these sets must be pirated. We have a reputable licensee in Hong Kong who would certainly not be involved in this.

I will be in touch with our attorneys to see what we can do to get the
sales of these on eBay stopped, and I would imagine Disney will want to do the same.

Thanks and best regards,

All official DVD releases are listed on our Video Release page.

October 5, 2001 News from France

Thanks to Denis Artru and Olivier Galliano for the news.

October 2, 2001 Ghibli Museum website

Ghibli Museum MarkEveryone should check out the new Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Museum website. It can be found at http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/, and contains many nice pictures (so you don't have to read Japanese in order to enjoy it).

October 1, 2001 "Panda Kopanda" Japanese DVD release date changed

The release date for the Japanese DVD release of Panda Kopanda has been changed to December 19, 2001. More details as the become available. See the Shinseido website for more info (in Japanese).

Following are the details of the DVD: