December 2001

December 27, 2001 and R1 DVD Pre-orders
The existence of pre-order pages for "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Castle in the Sky" on (noted and discussed on the MML a few weeks ago) reached Slashdot yesterday.

You can enter an pre-order for the DVDs, which means will notify you when they actually become available.

Team Ghiblink also recommends writing a letter to Disney.

Thanks to Raz Greenburg for the original posting to the MML. Thanks to David Huff and Steven Bennett for sending in the Slashdot information.

December 23, 2001 "Totoro" One of Ebert's "Great Movies"
"My Neighbor Totoro" is now part of Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. His review for the film is located here.

"Grave of the Fireflies" was selected as a Great Movie in March 2000.

Thanks to Raz Greenberg for posting the link to the MML.

December 21, 2001 "Le voyage de Chihiro" Trailer Available
A trailer for the French release of "Spirited Away" (titled "Le voyage de Chihiro") is available from Gaumont.

Trailer (QuickTime)

Click here for the official French site.

Thanks to Chris Fielder for posting the news to the MML.

December 18, 2001 New Details for Next Studio Ghibli Films
More details on Studio Ghibli's upcoming films from the MML via Ryoko Toyama:

"Neko no Ongaeshi (Cat Returning Favor)"

Based on "Neko no Dansyaku, Baron (Baron the Cat Baron)" by Aoi HIIRAGI
Published by Tokuma Shoten.
Directed by Horoyuki MORITA
Music by Yuuji NOMI ("Whisper of the Heart")
Script by Reiko YOSHIDA
Producer: Toshio SUZUKI
Exective Producer: Hayao MIYAZAKI
To be shown with "Ghiblies Episode II"
To be released in the Summer of 2002 by Toho.

"Hauru no Ugoku Shiro (Howl's Moving Castle)"

Based on a novel by Diana Wynne Jones
Directed by Mamoru HOSODA ("Digimon the Movie")
Script by Reiko YOSHIDA
Supervising Animator: Katsuya KONDO ("Kiki's Delivery Service")
Exective Producer: Hayao MIYAZAKI
To be released in the spring of 2003 by Toho.

December 14, 2001 Toho Announces Next Theaterical Ghibli Films
From a MML post by Ryoko Toyama:

Toho has annouced that it will release "Neko no Ongaeshi (A Cat Returning Favor)", a film by Ghibli, next summer.

It is a story about Muta the cat (the fat cat in "Whisper of the Heart") and Baron (the cat Baron in "Whisper"). They try to rescue a girl, Haru, who wonders into the world of cats.

It is an adventure fantasy, and directed by Hiroyuki Morita, who is 37 year old.

Toho also announced that it will release "Howl's Moving Castle" in the summer of 2003. It is produced by Ghibli and directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who is 33 year old.

Click here for an article (in Japanese).

A picture of Mamoru Hosoda.

December 10, 2001 "Porco Rosso" Next Ghibli Film on DVD
Amazon Japan is reporting that "Porco Rosso" is scheduled for release on March 8, 2002.

DVD cover picture

Details on the video release page as they become known. The only item known as this moment is that it will be a two disc set.

Thanks to dave-it and Adam Armitage for the information.