October 2003

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October 21, 2003 Hewitt Interview
Team Ghiblink is pleased to announce an interview with Cindy and Don Hewitt; the duo behind the English adaptations of "
Spirited Away", "Porco Rosso", and "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind" (among others).

All subjects are open, but the Q&As are passing through Disney's legal department so they may not be able to answer questions considered off-limits by the lawyers.

Please send your questions to: nausicaa_interview@airpost.net by October 25 for consideration.

October 15, 2003 "Nausicaa" English Dub in the Works
From a post to the AnimeNation forums by Manton Reece:

I saw the new English dub of Porco Rosso tonight, it was fantastic. I wasn't expecting it to be so funny. Very well done all around, and the audience loved it.

Cindy and Donald Hewitt (English translation) answered questions afterwards. Sounds like they enjoy working on these films, even though they have a short time to get the screenplay done (2-3 weeks). They are also playing a bigger role in directing the voice actors.

They are currently working on Nausicaa, with Patrick Stewart and Uma Thurman.

The Porco Rosso DVD will be out in April.

October 14, 2003 "Nausicaa" DVD Delayed Until December 5
chieko reported the following on the MML:

The release of Nausicaa DVD to be delayed till December the 5th due to too many pre-orders. It had been scheduled on October the 19th. [Ed: Should be "November the 19th"]

The delay affects the Collector's Box, the Figure Set and Regular Edition DVD are still slated for release on November 19.

Wondering when other films are scheduled for release? Visit the Video Release page.

October 7, 2003 "Porco Rosso" English Dub Cast and Austin (TX) Screening
Paul Alvarado-Dykstra forwarded the following which was sent to him by AICN which came to them from another source (head spins):


Don't know if any of you will make it out to the Austin Film Fest but there is a very cool screening you might want to catch.

A brand new print of PORCO ROSSO will be screening. It is the new English language dub that will otherwise only be seen on home video. Studio Ghibli reps have called it the best dub ever. Michael Keaton
voices Porco and is completely amazing.

Hope to see you there,

It's screening on Tue Oct. 14th

Written & Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
English Language Directed by Tony Bancroft (Mulan)
English Language Screenplay by Cindy Davis Hewitt & Donald H. Hewitt
(Spirited Away)

English Cast:
Michael Keaton as Porco Rosso
Cary Elwes as Donald Curtis
Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Fio
Susan Egan as Gina

Porco Rosso is one of the best seaplane pilots in the Adriatic, he's
adored by the ladies, and he is also a pig. Porco was once a man named Marco--a top-notch WWI Italian air force pilot. But a dark incident occured during the war, and he has been a pig ever since.

Porco makes his money defending ships from air pirates, but--being the
pig that he is--he spends his days lounging on the beach and his nights lounging at the Hotel Adriano. Gina, a gorgeous chanteuse and owner of the hotel, is one of Porco's only friends. When a hotshot American pilot flies into town, guns Porco down, and proposes to Gina; Porco is forced to get his plane rebuilt and his attitude adjusted by a young girl named Fio, and learn how to become human again.

October 3, 2003 Updated: More UK DVD Release Dates (Plus Delay)
Joe Curzon posted the following list (from the BVHE UK Miyazaki Movies site) to the MML:

Kiki's Delivery Service - 27/10/2003
Castle In The Sky - 27/10/2003
Porco Rosso - April 2004
Whisper of the Heart - April 2004
Only Yesterday - Sept 2004
Pom Poko - Sept 2004
Nausicaa Valley of the Wind - Nov 2004
My Neighbour Totoro - Nov 2004

No details are known except for the first two DVDs on the list.

Updated: "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Castle in the Sky" are now delayed until November 10 according to a message from Joe:

I've just been informed by the PR Company involved that "Unfortunately, the release dates have had to be put back two weeks to November 10th 2003. This effects both titles and is described by BVHE as being caused by a technical issue with the discs themselves."