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"Spirited Away" Recommend by American Library Association

Anime News Network brings word that the Young Adult Library Services Association tapped Spirited Away for its "2009 Fabulous Films for Young Adults" list which revolved around the theme of "Coming of Age Around the World".

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin 21:15, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Ponyo's Robust Results, Asian Film Award Nomination

Two articles from Variety highlight Ponyo's impact. The first reports that the film has grossed nearly $170 million helping distributor Toho to its third year of record growth. The second lists the film as one of the nominees for Best Film for this year's Asian Film Awards.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin 09:28, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Studio Ghibli Museum Update

The J:COM TV program "Kantou Kenbunroku" features two new works at the museum, a new zoetrope titled "Mirage" and the eighth "Film Guru Guru" film titled "The theory of evolution" (from 6:43 to 6:50). While not explicitly stated both are probably the work of Hayao Miyazaki.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 17:41, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Even More Ponyo US Release Details

The Anime News Network (by way of Nikkei Financial News) is reporting Disney will release Ponyo in the US this summer. As noted earlier Frankie Jonas is Sosuke and Noah Cyrus is Ponyo. For those not up with the kids these days Frankie is the little brother of the Disney boy band trio Jonas Brothers and Noah is the little sister of Miley Cyrus (aka Disney's Hannah Montana). Continuing with the Disney dub tradition several big Hollywood names are slated to appear. Based on the names in the cast list and what their voices sound like we're guessing:

  • Matt Damon: Koichi
  • Tina Fey: Risa
  • Cate Blanchett: Granmamare
  • Liam Neeson: Fujimoto

--LLin 18:25, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

More English Cast Details for Ponyo

IMDB is listing some of the voice actors but only one is listed with a role. Assuming the information is correct, it's likely from their ages that Noah Cyrus will be Ponyo, and Frankie Jonas will be Sosuke. They're both eight, and the role of Kumiko (the only other child character with dialogue) is assigned to Madison Davenport.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin 07:50, 2 January 2009 (UTC)