April 2007

April 26, 2007 "Conan" Stamp To Be Released In Japan
The Japanese Post Office announced that the 6th Edition of the "Heroes and Heroines of Anime" stamp series will feature Miyazaki's Conan, The Boy in Future. The stamp will be released on June 22.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

April 23, 2007 Two Bits of European News
My Neighbor Totoro is screening on the German televison station Super RTL on May 4.

Tales from Earthsea won't be shown in Spanish theaters but the DVD is scheduled for release sometime in October.

Thanks to Jorg Schaden and Jose Maria Gomez Sanchez for the news.

April 9, 2007 "Tales from Earthsea" In Finland
Cinema Mondo announced September 28 as the premier date for the theatrical release of Tales from Earthsea in Finland. Both the Japanese original (with Finnish and Swedish subtitles) and the Finnish dub will be screened.

Thanks to Taneli Palmen for the news.

April 5, 2007 Toshio Suzuki, Mahiro Maeda Talk/Write About "Ponyo"
NTV program "NNN News" has a clip from the March 19 show that features Studio Ghibli President and producer of "Ponyo" Toshio Suzuki.

Animation director Masahiro Maeda posted a reaction to the Hayao Miyazaki episode of "Professional" on his blog.

*As one of the his fans I'm interested in how Miyazaki-san deals with the sea.
*Miyazaki-san in "Professional" wasn't different from around the times of "Nausucaa" and "Laputa". Back then he said things like, 'I'm at my physical limit' or 'my talent is wearing out'.
*I was impressed with the figure of the 66-year old Miyazaki-san still trying to do new things.

He includes a sketch of his earlier days at Studio Ghibli (Maeda worked on Nausicaa, Laputa, and Totoro) and the fear that struck most young animators working under Miyazaki.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

April 4, 2007 Additional "Tales from Earthsea" DVD Notes
Standard Edition
Voice: Japanese (DD EX, DD 2.0), English (DD 2.0)
Subtitle: Japanese, English

Collector's Edition
Voice: Japanese - DTS-ES, DD 2.0, (Disc1)
English, French - (DD 2.0) (Disc2)
Subtitle: Japanese, English, French
Other languages and subtitles are present (Spanish?) but not yet confirmed.

Buenavista opens a , "Gedo wo yomu".

DVD trailer and anthropologist Shinichi Nakazawa's commentary about Tales from Earthsea, and a part of "How the sound track was born".

At the press conference Shigesato Itoi outlined the distribution of a free book, "Gedo wo yomu". 1 million copies will be circulated starting June 6 at various locations. It was edited by Goro Miyazaki's wife who works in the publishing department at Studio Ghibli.

April 3, 2007 "Tales from Earthsea" Japanese DVD Details, "Ponyo" Pictures
Release date: July 4, 2007

Collectors Edition (4 discs): 7,875yen
Bonus features: Storyboards, Trailers, "How Therru's song was born", "How soundtrack was born", "Junichi Okada meets Gedo",
Voice recording scene and voice casts interviews.

Standard edition (2 discs): 4,935yen
Bonus feature: Storyboards, Trailers, "How Therru's song was born"

For those looking forward to the new Ghibli film, GhibliWorld has some new images from "Ponyo On A Cliff".

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

April 2, 2007 Miyazaki's Clock
A video (Windows Media, 7 MB) and photos of the Miyazaki-designed clock at Shiodome in Tokyo are available. The clock is activated four times a day on weekdays, five times on weekends.

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Thanks to Canon Pence for the media.