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Arrietty News and Review

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 19:53, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

Museum News, Arrietty Dollhouse

  • 7netshopping reports on the museum's special exhibitions. At the bottom of the page is the schedule for the seven film currently in rotation through October 15.
  • Miyazaki's original short film "Pan-dane to Tamago-hime" (Yeast and Princess Egg) is the story of Pandane-kun and little Tamago-hime who run away from a scary witch of a watermill to avoid being burned and becoming bread. This will be the eighth short film.
  • According to the website "Takara Sagashi" (Treasure Hunting) is based on Eriko Nakagawa and Yuriko Omura's picture book "Takara Sagashi" and will be the ninth short film screened at the museum.
  • An "Anne of Green Gables" exhibition is currently running displaying among other items Miyazaki's opening image boards, Masahiro Ioka's art boards, and Yoshifumi Kondo's character designs.
  • Studio Ghibli created a 1/12-scale modem of the doll house that appears in Arrietty, a Hayao Miyazaki figurine sits in the house. Ghibli spent millions of yen and over ten months on its production. The house goes around Japan for an advertising campaign starting July 1.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 18:01, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Official Arrietty Stills

Studio Ghibli released five new stills from Arrietty:

Also released was the following Toshio Suzuki comment: "Arrietty is the character whom the present age needs like Nausicaa who saved the earth which was damaged by natural destruction."

The third and final trailer released on June 12 has received very high approval ratings from audiences.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 14:29, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

Arrietty Advance Sales, Other Bits

  • Nishioka announced that Arrietty's layout (16 piece) will be on display at the Studio Ghibli Layout Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Sapporo starting June 26. Ghibli staff members Naoya Tanaka and Akihiko Yamashita (Arrietty's chief animator) will hold a workshop for elementary school students in the museum. The stored exhibits in a warehouse are shown in the June 17 blog entry video.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 17:29, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

Arrietty Production Complete

Studio Ghibli blogger Nishioka revealed that with the finalization of sound production mix last Sunday Arrietty is considered finished. Some minor sound work still remains but anything requiring a check by the director and the producer are done.

The first preview for production staff will be held on June 24. The preview to announce Arrietty's completion for the press and the press conference takes place on July 1. Public previews start from July 2.

Nishioka mentioned that Yonebayashi (director of the film) is conducting a bunch of interviews and he gets tired of answering the same repeated questions.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 21:05, 15 June 2010 (UTC)

Studio Ghibli BD/DVD Campaign

Studio Ghibli blogger Nishioka shows the bonus mini book "Studio Ghibli DVD/BD/Video List 2010" for the DVD campaign and a reprinted edition of the Nausicaa guide book created for the Nausicaa BD. The guide book contains lots of photographs, an interview with Miyazaki's, and a lecture transcript. Nishioka says it is very much worth reading. The campaign starts July 14.

According to Toshio Suzuki the first Nausicaa BD cover design by Disney was terrible and he asked a designer friend for a new version.

Nishioka also announced that the magazine Brutus features Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki in next month's issue. Photographer Kishin Shinoyama visited Ghibli and photographed Takahata and Miyazaki with a classic film camera; Takahata and Miyazaki were very pleased.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 17:04, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Better Quality Arrietty Trailer

This higher quality clip aired also aired on NTV. Scenes from the voice recording are featured, a translation of their lines:

  • Sho: Wait, please don't go.
  • Arrietty: Don't pay attention to us anymore. I only came to say this.
  • Sho: I want to speak with you.
  • Homily: Arrietty, Did you go outside again? You should clean a little more.
  • Sadako: My father said he saw a little people in this house. So he had waited all the time.
  • Spiller: I go. I have this. Eat? Tasty. (speaking haltingly)
  • Pod: My investigation was not enough. I let you feel scared. You must not talk to mother.
  • Haru: In fact, there is a little person. I saw it.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 05:45, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Help Choose Songs for Joe Hisaishi's Best Album

Voting for songs to appear on Joe Hisaishi's "best of" album runs through June 20. Each voter can choose three songs from a selection of 36 pieces. If one isn't listed there's a fill-in-the-blank spot. Result will be announced late this month. The performance will be recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra with a release this autumn.

The choices are:

  1. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [Bird Person, The Legend of Wind, Nausicaä Requiem]
  2. Castle in the Sky [Carrying You, Pigeons and a Boy]
  3. Arion
  4. My Neighbor Totoro [My Neighbor Totoro, Stroll, The Path of Wind]
  5. Kiki's Delivery Service [A Town with an Ocean View, Mom's Broom]
  6. Tasmania Story
  7. A Scene at the Sea
  8. Futari (Two of us)
  9. Porco Rosso [Madness, Bygone Days]
  10. Samurai Kids
  11. Kids Return
  12. Princess Mononoke [Ashitaka and San, The Legend of Ashitaka]
  13. Parasite Eve
  14. Hana-bi
  15. Kikujiro
  16. Spirited Away [One Summer Day]
  17. Brother
  18. Quartet
  19. Howl's Moving Castle [The Merry-go-round of Life]
  20. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  21. Ponyo [Ponyo by the Cliff by the Sea, The Sunflower House in the Storm]
  22. Departures
  23. Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai (I Want to Be a Shellfish)
  24. The Inner (theme of a NHK program)
  25. Musse imaginaire (theme of an NHK program)
  26. Theme from Sekai-isan 100 (theme of a NHK program)
  27. Oriental Wind (from a Suntroy ad)
  28. The Legen (from a Korean soap opera)
  29. Stand Alone (from Saka no Ue no Kumo)
  30. Utano-Chikara (Power of songs: Theme song of NHK Kohaku-Utagassen 2009)
  31. View of Silence (from the album "Pretender")
  32. Drifting in the City (from the album "My Lost City")
  33. Tango X.T.C (from the album "My Lost City")
  34. Tabidachi no Toki (Theme of Nagano Paralympics)
  36. Asian Crisis (theme of a NHK program)

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news and AKANE Daigo for posting the tracklist translation to the MML.

--LLin 01:08, 11 June 2010 (UTC)

Second Arrietty Trailer

A NTV variety show broadcast the second Arrietty trailer. Try not to be distracted by the celebrity inset.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 06:03, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Updated: Arrietty Preview Lottery

Arrietty's official website announced that a press screening to announce production completion will be held on July 1 at the Tokyo International Forum Hall C and 50 seats are to be distributed via lottery. The production staff and voice cast will stage a greeting before the screening.

Typically the production completion press conference is held before this preview. Toshio Suzuki will likely announce the film's international film festival debut. Ponyo, Tales from Earthsea, and Howl's Moving Castle opened at the Venice International Film Festival. The 67th edition starts September 1 and the films taking part have not yet been revealed.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 13:50, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Arrietty Animation Production Finished

Studio Ghibli blogger Nishioka announced that painting and filming work were completed on May 29. Voice recording has already completed and sound production is scheduled for completion by the end of June. The first preview for the production staff will be held at the end of this month.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 13:42, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

Arrietty's Song

A preview-quality version of "Arrietty's Song" by Cecile Corbel is available on YouTube. (lyrics).

Thanks to an anonymous news submitter.

--LLin 02:22, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

So You Want to Work at Studio Ghibli?

Studio Ghibli is recruiting digital painting trainees. Part of the page translates to:

There are persons who insist "It's been my dream to work at Ghibli" or "I love Ghibli" in the applicantions every year. Though we are really glad that you love Ghibli's works, because this is for "the offer of a job", please put those feelings aside. To work in the Ghibli is not to work in "a dream studio". The workplace is always severe, and efficiency is always demanded. We welcome a person who can have the image of "what will I do after entering the studio" and a person who can get over hardships with the staff.

A rough machine translation via Google. Those serious about applying will have enough Japanese skills to fill out and submit the application materials. Good luck!

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 05:46, 1 June 2010 (UTC)