December 2006

December 28, 2006 "Tales from Earthsea" Opening in France
According to and the film (Les Contes de Terremer) opens in theaters on 11 April 2007.

Thanks to Sebastien Harpe for posting the news to the MML.

December 25, 2006 "Spirited Away" on Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network will be doing prime time showings of Spirited Away on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. The Christmas showing is 7pm Eastern time while the New Year's Eve showing is 6:30pm Eastern time.

December 21, 2006 "Tales from Earthsea" Annouced for Australian Theaters
Madman has secured the rights to Tales from Earthsea and is planning a release in mid-2007.



MELBOURNE, Tuesday, 19 December 2006 - Madman Entertainment are pleased to announce they have
secured rights to bring Studio Ghibli's latest production, Tales From Earthsea (Gedo Senki) to
Australia and New Zealand.

Tales From Earthsea is based on the Earthsea series, originally created by author Ursula K. Le
Guin. It is the story of a fantasy realm containing a vast archipelago of islands and uncharted
oceans. The film follows the journey of Ged, a wandering wizard investigating a spate of strange
events, who stumbles upon the young Prince Arren, a distraught teenager struggling with a powerful
dark side.

Tales From Earthsea is the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki~Rs son, Goro Miyazaki. A Shinshu
University of Agriculture graduate and construction consultant, Goro is described as a naturally
talented illustrator and a strong decision-maker, who was originally uninterested in competing with
his father in the field of animation. He became involved with Studio Ghibli after overseeing the
design of the Ghibli Museum and served as its director from 2001 to 2005.

Tim Anderson, CEO of Madman Entertainment commented, "Madman are thrilled to be working with
Studio Ghibli once again. Especially in the case of Western audiences, Studio Ghibli's reputation
for producing high-quality, unique and truly beautiful films has sky-rocketed over the last few
years and public anticipation for Tales From Earthsea is no exception."

Madman Cinema will release Tales From Earthsea to theatres in mid-2007.


Thanks to Andrew B for the news.

December 19, 2006 Ghibli Giveaway, Miyazaki's Clock
GhibliWorld is holding a contest with three prize packs up for grabs. Entry is via mini-essay and the deadline is January 28, 2007.

The shroud obscuring Miyazaki's Clock project was recently removed and the launch ceremony takes place on December 20. More photos

The clock's activation times are:

Weekdays - 12:00, 15:00, 18:00, 20:00
Weekends - 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00, 20:00

Thanks to Peter van der Lugt and T.Ishikawa for the news.

December 15, 2006 Updated: UK Broadcasts of Ghibli Films
On Friday 15th December, My Neighbour Totoro will be broadcast on Film4 at 5:35pm (6:35pm on Film4+1) in Japanese with English subtitles. The dubbed version will be broadcast on Wednesday 20th December at 5:05pm (6:05 on Film4+1).

Spirited Away will be shown on BBC Two on Saturday 30th December at 5:15pm. It is unknown whether BBC Two's screening of Spirited Away will be dubbed or subbed.

Only Yesterday
Sunday, 17th December - Film4 15.00, Film4+1 16.00
Friday, 22nd December - Film4 16.55, Film4+1 17.55

Thanks to Jonathan and Tanuki for the news.

December 14, 2006 Miyazaki's Next Film Not Announced
Though distributor Toho announced their lineup of films for next year as usual on December 13, Miyazaki's next film was not announced. His films have always been announced during these conferences.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

December 11, 2006 Ghibli Bits
GhibliWorld covers the latest Studio Ghibli diary entry, capsule, and Aoi Teshima's concert at the Ghibli Museum in its latest news update.

Thanks to Peter van der Lugt for the news.

December 7, 2006 Miyazaki and The Three Bears, Film4 Showing "Only Yesterday", SFX Interviews Goro
According to a long interview with Miyazaki in the Ghibli Museum Guide Book 2006, the idea of a film based on the "Goldilocks and The Three Bears" is in his head all the time. Miyazaki mentions that he intended to do a exhibition which expalains how to make a short film if the Aardman Animations exhibition currently at the museum fell through. Miyazaki says, "It explains the production process of The Three Bears. However, the last conclusion finishes it as "impossible"(laugh)".

According to the Ghibli Museum diary, Studio Ghibli and Museum staff visited Tomo-no-Ura in November 2004. Some Japanese blogers mention that they met Miyazaki at Tomo-no-Ura in the spring and November of last year and July of this year.

Only Yesterday will be on Sunday, December 17 at 3pm (4pm on Film4+1) in Japanese with English subtitles.

SFX, a UK sci-fi and fantasy monthly, is producing an anime focused issue this month (hitting stores this week) including a 'retrospective look at the Oscar-winning Studio Ghibli' and a Goro Miyazaki interview. The full announcement, with details of the other anime content.

Thanks to T.Ishikawa, John Blackburne, and Jonathan for the news.

December 2, 2006 Miyazaki and the Tomo Machiya Aid Fund
According to this article, the "Tomo Machiya Aid" fund was established to save about 200 houses (Machiya) at Tomo-no-Ura (article 2) built during the Edo era (1603-1868). Miyazaki is one of the supporters.

The column "ICOMOS and Tomo-no-Ura" of the Chugoku newspaper on December 1 mentions:
"Animation director Hayao Miyazaki seems to like Tomo-no-Ura very much. He had stayed in here for about 2 months in the spring of last year while cooking his own meals, and took a walk around this town with bread and water every day. Also after that, he visited this town repeatedly and wished that this scenery was handed down to the future generations. Matsui who accompanied his walk says, "Mr. Miyazaki has peculiar sensitivity. Probably, the charm of Tomo-no-Ura suits his sensitivity."

Thanks to T.Ishikawa for the news