Hayao Miyazaki, the seminal artist and animator behind Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Monoke, among others, announced his retirement earlier this year, but his presence will undoubtedly be felt for years to come, as both an icon animation and Japanese culture. Case in point: designer Martin Hsu, in collaboration with Bigshot Toyworks, has created a limited edition Miyazaki figure, with proceeds from the sales going to Karakuwa-Maru, an organization dedicated to rebuilding Karakuwa in Kesennuma City, Japan, following the events of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
If you thought that Comic Book Guy marrying a mangaka named Kumiko in this Sunday's new The Simpsons episode, "Married to the Blob" was going to be all Hulk Hands and Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison cameos, rest assured that principally western pop culture references aren't going to hog all of the airtime. In a new clip posted by Fox's Animation Domination channel, fans can watch an intoxicated Homer and the father of the bride-to-be stumble through a Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki-inspired wonderland chock full of homages to Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service and more. It may be the best thing you'll see all week... with the full episode probably being the best thing you'll see on Sunday.
Here's another project to throw in the "I wish this would have been made" file we all keep in our heads. Back in 1971, legendary animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata began production on an animated adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking books. After meeting with the animators, Lindgren ultimately decided not to give them permission to produce the film. But now we can all look at some of the watercolor concept art that Miyazaki created, featuring the strongest girl in the world, and wonder what could have been.
The 72-year-old filmmaker and artist announced plans to retire from directing at Studio Ghibli earlier this year, but that isn't keeping him from writing and illustrating a new manga series about samurai in Japan's Warring States era. He hasn't even been paid for the currently unnamed work yet. Japanese TV network NHK snagged some footage of Miyazaki working on the comic, and you can take a look at some screenshots. So far, it seems as rich and detailed as anything he's ever worked on.
The story of two young girls interacting with friendly spirits in post war rural Japan, My Neighbor Totoro is perhaps the most beloved movie in the career of iconic animator and film director Hayao Miyazaki. And to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release, Viz Media is inviting you to revisit the classic story in a new format, as this week the publisher will release My Neighbor Totoro: The Novel, featuring watercolor art by Miyazaki.
Legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement, but Disney is ensuring he's going out big in the United States as well as his native Japan. A subtitled release of what's reportedly his final film, The Wind Rises, will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles November 8-14 to make the movie eligible for Oscar contention, Variety reports.
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