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Ponyo Documentary and Boxset Delayed

Walt Disney Home Entertainment announced that "How Ponyo was Born" (DVD and BD) and "Ponyo Special DVD BOX" are postponed until December "by circumstances in production."

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 16:02, 30 June 2009 (UTC)


Toshio Suzuki posted an explanation for the delay on the Ghibli website (http://www.ghibli.jp/10info/005837.html#more). The reason for the delay is that the rights to the incidental music heard during the show had not yet been negotiated. The entire story behind it can be found at GhibliWorld.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

-- Mrgazpacho 15:10, 2 July 2009 (UTC)

New Ghibli Museum Short

GhibliWorld brings news on Studio Ghibli having a new Ghibli Museum Short in the making.

--19:54, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Miyazaki's California Adventure

ANN is reporting (via the LA Times) that Miyazaki will visit the San Diego's Comic-Con on July 25, a date between the already announced Berkeley and LA visits.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin 06:47, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Free Ponyo DVD Giveaway

There is a free Ponyo DVD Giveaway over at GhibliWorld. The Japanese DVD release of Ponyo will be available in shops across Japan starting July 3.

--19:56, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Ponyo Trailer Online Now

Apple is hosting the US Ponyo trailer. Although the page indicates the film has not yet received a rating from the MPAA it has been rated G.

Thanks to Theodore Yuen for the news.

--LLin 15:15, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Ponyo Trailer In Theaters This Weekend

The Frank Marshall news parade marches on with a tweet of "PONYO trailer debut this weekend on MY SISTER'S KEEPER..."

Thanks to ryanbgstl for the news.

--LLin 02:06, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Frank Marshall Discusses "Ponyo" Changes

A SCI FI Wire article quotes English-version producer Frank Marshall on adapting the story:

Marshall also revealed that the changes are in conjunction with the master animator to ensure his blessing. "We worked closely with Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki-san and [Toshio] Suzuki-san, who is the producer. We speak daily, and they have been very involved in everything. It's not a direct translation. We have tweaked the story so it is an understandable story for our audience. Melissa Matheson, who wrote E.T., came in and helped us shape the story. We are bringing all our resources and friends into this who have responded, as we have, to how wonderful these movies are."

Thanks to Syffy for the news.

--LLin 20:57, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Film4 Showings

Castle of Cagliostro airs June 18 at 15:05 and My Neighbor Totoro is scheduled for June 20.

Thanks to David Pearce for the news.

--LLin 22:47, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

Miyazaki Visiting LA, Ghibli's Next Film In Production

  • ANN reports on Miyazaki's visit to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on July 28 for "A Tribute to Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki". A screening of the Oscar-winning Spirited Away is scheduled at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 17.
  • According to the Studio Ghibli production diary of June 10 and 12, layouts for Ghibli's next feature film are being completed little by little. There is the very long layout (2m 16cm) and the diary mentions "the production period is shorter than usual."
  • Diary pictures - June 3 shows Miyazaki presenting Nick Park with Sosuke's ship and June 8 shows a visit from some of "Bolt"'s production staff.
  • LAWSON reports on the Studio Ghibli Museum's Ponyo exhibition
  • 7 & Y reports on Miyazaki's Ponyo storyboards

Thanks to T. Ishikawa and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin 15:53, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Ponyo MPAA Rated, Nick Park at Studio Ghibli, UK DVDs

Thanks to Mohd Jafar, Daniel Zelter, Thijs van den Ende, and Jordan Scott for the news.

--LLin 06:57, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

Pixar’s Lasseter visiting Ghibli

Pixar’s John Lasseter is currently visiting Studio Ghibli. Pictures of his visit have been posted by Pixar’s Twitter account. More details at GhibliWorld.

--14:18, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Ponyo Opening on 800 Screens

Frank Marshall, one of the film's US producers tweeted, "Good news for PONYO, will be opening on 800 screens in August, by far the biggest opening for a Miyazaki film..."

For comparison Princess Mononoke reached ~150 screens. Spirited Away topped out at ~600 screen the weekend after its Oscar win. Howl's Moving Castle finished with 202 screens.

Thanks to Robotech_Master for the news.

--LLin 17:17, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Miyazaki at UC Berkeley

AICN via Kai-Ming Cha's Boiled Egg blog reports that Miyazaki will receive the 2009 Berkeley Japanese Prize on July 25 followed by a Q&A session. Ticket are on sale right now and folks in the area are highly encouraged to book them while they're still available.

A number of Miyazaki films will be screened as part of A Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki including the Bay Area premiere of Ponyo.

Thanks to Andrew Osmond and Daniel Zelter for the news.

Miyazaki Entertaining "Porco Rosso" Sequel

Model Graphix reports that Miyazaki has been thinking of a sequel to Porco Rosso titled "Porco Rosso: The last sortie". In this story Porco Rosso flys the Savoia-Marchetti SM.79.

Logan Umemoto, a scale model creator, visited the Italian Air Force Museum to take references pictures of a Caproni Campini. According to the article, Miyazaki will draw the sequel after having boarded this Caproni Campini. Model Graphix says, "It is unknown when this will be."

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

(note by GhibliWorld.com: please notice this concerns plans for a sequel on the manga and not the animation!)

--LLin 05:47, 1 June 2009 (UTC)