May 2003

May 27, 2003 Miyazaki-created TV Commercials
Tom Tanida spotted an article outlining Miyazaki's TV commercial:

'Spirited Away' Director Miyazaki Moves Into TV Commercials

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Hayao Miyazaki, the Studio Ghibli director of the Oscar-winning animated film "Spirited Away," has created television commercials for House Foods Corp. (2810).

Although Studio Ghibli is involved in the creation of TV commercials, the ones for House Foods are a first for Miyazaki.

Miyazaki directed the image content and provided his own original music. He created four different animated commercials set in the 1950s. The commercials do not mention particular product names, but rather portray family ties.

Airing of the commercials is to begin next month.

Commercial thumb

Image from Akito T

A MPEG-1 clip (7 MB) of the commerical is available courtesy of Ryoko Toyama. Three commericals are contained within the clip:

1. Playing House (mamagoto hen)
2. Errand (o-tsukai hen)
3. Back Alley (roji-ura hen)

The tagline for the commercials is "O-uchi de tabeyou" ("Let's eat at
home"), "Hausu Shokuhin" (House Foods).

An official version (Real Player required) is located here.

Brief lyrics translation:
Okaasann ga chiisana onna no ko = The photo when mother was a little girl

May 21, 2003 Disney Preparing Another Miyazaki English Dub
From Susan Egan's website (who voiced Lin for the English dub of "Spirited Away"):


News so new we don't even have all the specifics... BUT -- Susan was just cast in a singing and speaking role in the next Miyazaki Animated Feature being produced by Disney. Disney and Miyazaki's last joint project, Spirited Away , won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature this year!

More details to follow!

Steve Stonebraker found the biography section which states:

And now Egan is recording the English translation for another Miyazaki film, 'Porko Rosso,' which will be released on DVD during the holidays of 2003.

It's not yet known how this ties in with the upcoming UK DVD release.

AICN is reporting that "Nausicaa" is scheduled for a R1 DVD release this year along with another unnamed film. This would be a change in the release pattern as the R1 DVDs have all (except for "Princess Mononoke") been released after the R2 (Japan) version. We have not been able to confirm/deny this piece of news.

Thanks to steve for posting the news to the MML.

May 16, 2003 "The Cat Returns" in Paris
Neko no Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns) will show twice during the Japan Expo in Paris: once on July 4 with a French dub, and once on July 5 with the original Japanese dub and French subtitles.

For the French-enabled:


Nous aurons le plaisir de presenter au cours de 2 avant-premieres, le dernier film du studio Ghibli "Le Royaume des Chats" (Neko no Ongaeshi
pour les puristes). Nous vous le proposerons en Version Francaise et VO sous-titree, respectivement les vendredi et samedi de Japan Expo.
Le film, distribue par Gaumont Buena Vista International, sortira en
France, le 30 Juillet. Ghibli est, rappelons-le, le studio dans lequel officie TAKAHATA Isao (realisateur du film "Le tombeau des Lucioles") et MIYAZAKI Hayao (qui a recu l'oscar du meilleur film d'animation pour "Le Voyage de Chihiro").
Horaires et details sous peu sur notre site.

English translation:


We're pleased to present during 2 premieres, the latest film from Studio Ghibli "The kingdom of Cats" (Neko no Ongaeshi for purists). We'll be proposing it in French dub version and Original version with subs, respectively on Friday and Saturday of the Japan Expo. The film, disrtibuted by Gaumont Buena Vista International, will release in
France, July 30th. Ghibli is the studio where TAKAHATA Isao (director of the film "Grave of the Fireflies") and MIYAZAKI Hayao (who received the Academy Award for the best animated movie "Spirited Away") work. Schedules and details soon on our site

Thanks to BlackEyed for the news and Nicolas De San Alcadio for the translation.

May 14, 2003 Disney Contact Information
A new contact for inquiries and feedback at Disney (to an actual human being) is now availiable on the "Write to Disney" page.

May 6, 2003 "Umi ga Kikoeru" DVD Release on August 8
"Umi ga Kikoeru" (Ocean Waves/I Can Hear the Sea) is scheduled for release on August 8 according to CD Japan. The only remaining film in the Studio Ghibli canon to be released on DVD after "Umi ga Kikoeru" is "Nausicaa".

Thanks to Lutz Albers for posting the news to the MML.

May 6, 2003 Tokyo Museum of Modern Art Exhibition
Jay Robinson wrote in:

There is going to be an exhibition of 3D models from all of Ghibli's 14 movies from Nausicaa to the new Howl's Moving Castle movie at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. The exhibition will run from June 14th to September 7th and tickets can only be purchased from Lawson's. The
also shows a new illustration of Howl's Moving Castle which apparently is the original image that Miyazaki drew to have the model made from.

Thanks Jay!

May 4, 2003 Interview with Hiroyuki Morita at the LA Anime Festival has a transcript of the interview/Q&A session that took place after the screening of "The Cat Returns". Click here to read the article.