December 2003

December 28, 2003 "Howl's Moving Castle" Delayed
As posted by MOHRI Yasuhide to the MML:

According to the article of Sports Nippon newspaper on Dec 29, Howl's release was postponed.
It had been decided once in July 2004, but it became impossible to crank up within July for serious delay.
The article estimates that the crank up will be autumn in 2004.

December 19, 2003 Madman Entertainment Announces Ghibli Movies for Australia
(The following press release was sent to Team Ghiblink by Madman)

After the success of the acclaimed Madman release of Spirited Away, Studio Ghibli has entrusted Madman with the DVD releases of 10 of their classic films including their newest feature - The Cat Returns.

Stay tuned and connected for updates and news on release dates and other details about this exciting announcement. In the meantime, make room on your shelves for all of these Ghibli Classics...

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Laputa: The Castle in the Sky (1986)
My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)
The Cat Returns (2002)

Studio Ghibli's animated features are world-renowned for their intricate stories, multi-faceted characters and fluid animation. The painstaking attention to detail is evident in every cell of their largely handcrafted anime features. Its founders - Hayao Mayazaki and Isao Takahata - have long been celebrated in Japan as visionary directors and icons in the field of animation.

Madman Entertainment plan to release all ten Studio Ghibli titles over the year between April 2004 and May 2005. Theatrical screenings and a Ghibli film-festival touring select locations will showcase the collection. Takahata's GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (release date 11 February) will also form part of Madman's Ghibli Collection.

We hope you are as thrilled and excited about this announcement as we are... Stay Tuned!


Sylvester (Sly) Ip
Production and Marketing Assistant - Madman Entertainment
Anime Coordinator - Supanova Pop Culture Expo

December 15, 2003 Hewitt Interview Results
Cindy and Don Hewitt (the duo behind a number of Studio Ghibli-English adaptations) have replied to your questions, topics covered are: